Previous speakers made from glass have tended to sound rather brittle and bright, but then the construction of a glass speaker is an extremely bold move. Not only is the production process highly complex end expensive, but there are also serious sound quality concerns. but, by incorporation sophisticated damping techniques, Waterfall has refined the process to the point where the latest Evo range is in no way compromised by the material itself. Instead, what you get is a distinctive speaker with the positive benefits of glass, such as high density and rigidity.
Forming an enclosure from glass is a costly process. So Waterfall's floor stander represents fine value with style. Review: John Bamford Lab: Keith Howard
Received wisdom generally has it that a loudspeaker's enclosure should be inert, so that we hear the acoustic output of the speaker's transducers unsullied by the additional singing along of a cabinet.
Clear Choice - Those who believe that speakers should be heard and not seen have likely never laid eyes on the Waterfall Audio's new Niagara speakers. The French company, which likens its craftsmanship in its design to the Lalique and Cartier, spent three years perfecting the look and performance of these 47-inch-tall loudspeakers ($54,000 per pair). The three-quarter-inch-thick diamond-glass casing reveals the speaker's drivers and glass horn tweeter. Like their design, the Niagara speaks' sound is vibrant an clear.
While Waterfall Audio's headquarters are in the North of France, their factory is just to the north west of Nice. This is in fact not so far from where I finished my last year of high school, just to the east in a small town hallway to Monaco on St. Jean Cap Ferat. For me, therefore, these speakers came with a bit of nostalgia for an irreclaimable time in my life, one of missed opportunities, and somehow, listening to these speakers, and I swear this is true, I believe I can once again taste and even hear a tiny bit of the dry, sun-blessed South of France through these truly outstanding and very out of the ordinary glass speakers that not only look the part but play it.
The Canadians and the Americans have the Niagra, Venezuela has the Angel Falls and the French have the Waterfall Audio. They’ve been around for more than a decade now but only surfaced around seven years ago due to their extensive time spent on simply getting a speaker into a glass cabinet t achieve hi-fi sonic bliss. They’ve managed to come out with a complete range of stereo and surround speakers, as well as non-glass subwoofer, from which spans the very beautiful Victoria TWN towers.
Waterfall is confident that its glass speakers are anything but see-through. Domonic Todd listens in… Take the material out of the equation and he Victoria Evo is still an extremely well finished speaker. Block connections aside, the design impresses with its thoughtful and thorough build. The way that the neat internal speaker cable routing actually adds to the design - resembling the strings on a cello - is a case pinpoint…