Newtronics Empress     Building Instruction     Lab Results

Technical data
- size (HxWxD): 104 x 19 x 37.6 cm
- rated impedance: 3 Ohm
- sensitivity: 85 dB (2.83V/1m)
- frequency range(-8dB): 30-25.000Hz
- speaker type: transmission line
Empress aus Test K+T 5/2007The Empress is one of the best known loudspeakers by Newtronics and received many excellent reviews over the last 10 years.

Harald Hecken's goal was to design a straight forward speaker with drivers that should have an extremely balanced frequency response in order to keep the crossover simple.

After many requests, this speaker is now available as a kit in two versions: with the Scandinavian Newtronics HAT 26 tweeter or the Newtronics HT 1 super tweeter.

Review in Klang+Ton 5/2007:
"Despite their fundamental differences, the two sister speakers performed extremely well showing their own distinctive characteristics. To confirm what the lab results already suggested: yes, these two Empress versions are really different. Initially, the passive Empress seemed to have a more pleasant and richer sound. The bass is powerful, the slight emphasis noticed in the lab result is also reflected in the sound reproduction - the broad dip with slightly increasing tops leads to a transparent and relaxing sound that still has plenty of details to show. The staging by the passive Empress is extremely detailed and deep, and besides a homogenous sound the vocals are separated clearly. So what can be done better by the active Empress? Quite simply: nothing. The active version just does things differently. While the passive one is somewhat reserved the active speaker just gets going. Bass is a little less present, but is still tight and dynamic. The midrange is absolutely open and transparent, but might turn slightly aggressive. That's, however, not the speaker's fault since every recording is reproduced the way it was recorded. The midrange drivers resonance is not noticeable - to be on the safe side we didn't angle the speakers towards the listening position. The tops complement the transparent sound, particularly due to the more refined HT1 tweeter, besides the slightly less favourable lab results. The depth is not as impressive as the passive one's, but appeals due to an outstanding width and resolution. It's now up to the customer to decide which of the two is more suited. And if we include the two high end versions then there are even four versions. Which one now - the agile active or the elegant passive? Well, that's just a matter of taste."

Verdict by Klang+Ton
"Active or passive, dynamic or elegant – that's the fundamental decision for the consumer. Both version sound excellent in their own way, especially when considering how little they cost."

The kit for the passive speaker contains:

The standard kit The kit with HT 1 tweeter Kit with HT 1 and ultra crossover
- Newtronics tweeter HT 26
- Newtronics midrange driver BM13-4
- 3x Newtronics bass driver M13-6
- 105 mm terminal with gold plated brass binding posts
- 6 m loudspeaker cable 2x2.5 mm2
- 3 packs polyester fleece
- screws for drivers and terminal
- the crossover kits
- building instruction
The crossover kit contains per speaker:
- 2.7 mH i core coil, 0.19 Ohm
- 0.56 mH air core coil, 1.4 mm
- 0.12 mH air core coil, 0.7 mm
- 0.33 mH air core coil, 0.7 mm
- 2,7 uF Mundorf MKP capacitor/400 V
- 3.9 uF Mundorf MKP capacitor/400 V
- 3.9 Ohm MOX10 resistor (orange white gold)
- 5.6 Ohm MOX10 resistor (green blue gold)
- Newtronics tweeter HT 1
- Newtronics midrange driver BM13-4
- 3x Newtronics bass driver M13-6
- 105 mm terminal with gold plated brass binding posts
- 6 m loudspeaker cable 2x2.5 mm2
- 3 packs polyester fleece
- screws for drivers and terminal
- the crossover kits
- building instruction
The crossover kit contains per speaker:
- 2.7 mH i core coil, 0.19 Ohm
- 0.68 mH air core coil, 1.4 mm
- 0.12 mH air core coil, 0.7 mm
- 0.33 mH air core coil, 0.7 mm
- 3.9 uF Mundorf MKP capacitor/400 V
- 3.9 uF Mundorf MKP capacitor/400 V
- 1.2 Ohm MOX10 resistor (brown green gold)
- 5.6 Ohm MOX10 resistor (green blue gold)
- Newtronics tweeter HT 1
- Newtronics midrange driver BM13-4
- 3x Newtronics bass driver M13-6
- 105 mm terminal with gold plated brass binding posts
- 6 m loudspeaker cable 2x2.5 mm2
- 3 packs polyester fleece
- screws for drivers and terminal
- the crossover kits
- building instruction
The crossover kit contains per speaker:
- 2.7 mH i core coil, 0.19 Ohm
- 0.68 mH cfc16 copper foil coil, 1.4 mm
- 0.12 mH baked varnish coil, 0.7 mm
- 0.33 mH Baked varnish coil, 0.7 mm
- 3.9 uF Mundorf MKP capacitor/400 V
- 3.9 uF Mundorf Supreme CAP/800 V
- 1.2 Ohm MOX10 resistor (brown green gold)
- 5.6 Ohm MOX10 resistor (green blue gold)
Price per speaker without cabinet
Empress Standard
Price per speaker without cabinet
Empress with HT 1 tweeter
Price per speaker without cabinet
Empress with HT 1 and high end crossover
not available not available not available

Empress Building Instruction

The active Empress kit

The active kit is obviously available as well. Just inquire.

Empress Building Instruction     Lab Results

Please note:
due to the four midrange / bass drivers in parallel, we recommend to use a stable and solid amplifier since the impedance within the bass range drops below 3 Ohm.     Building Instruction     Lab Result
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