PEERLESS SPEAKER SYSTEMS HISTORY VERSION V 1 to V 23
Designed By Russell Storey of Stones Sound Studio
Premium Cabinet Design and Manufacture
The latest in speaker analysis and design software is used to accurately establish correct box tuning to suit specific driver specification (also measured by SSS). Various prototypes were then tested and improved upon until the desired sound was achieved. Months of work and many years of experience combine to produce a well balanced sounding speaker system. Premium audio quality demands only the best and we also understand that your room and life style today wants minimal visual impact. So we have developed cabinets that are both attractive and functional yet optimized for the best possible performance, considering cost. The attention to detail, build quality and professional finish of these cabinets is very impressive. Available in an economical black vinyl option or very handsome, genuine wood veneers.
HDS Peerless High Definition Sound of Mid-Woofers
The design achievement of this new driver series is an impressively ample and articulate sound from compact units. Advanced build technology with an aerodynamic, ridged cast aluminium frame holding an oversized, high flux magnet, a low compression, rear ventilated, Nomex spider, SBR rubber surround and a 5 layer polymer laminate cone, double bound to a high power, quad wound, voice coil that has over an inch of travel in an improved, distortion reducing magnet system using aluminium shorting rings (and a phase plug for the HDS455s). Dramatic improvements in dynamics, efficiency, detail, maximum dB output, and long term reliability from such compact drivers, that sound and also look like they are very high performance.
XLS Peerless Subwoofers
Peerless have pushed the Sub-Woofer to new performance extremes with the Xtra-Long-Stroke Series of drivers, specifically designed for very high performance and long endurance at high SPL. All aspects in design and construction of this series is for reproducing extra clean, tight, deep bass. Self induced distortion and varying impedance with exertion is virtually eliminated by the new aluminium shorting ring and spacer motor system, comprising a 50mm diam' 4 layer voice coil in a double stacked magnet for high efficiency and a very high power rating. The fibre composite cone is molded from wood-free pulp comprising a blend of nomex, kevlar and glass fibre bonded by polymers to give an ultra-stiff yet relatively light cone that is fast and will stay stable even under extreme load. Aerodynamic, ridged, alloy basket. Extra wide, SBR rubber surround. Vented Dust cap and open voice coil for reduced compression, and almost 2 inch of exertion protected by soft mechanical clipping. This driver series is powerful, efficient & robust, yet produces fantastic, distortion free bass that will satisfy the audio connoisseur to the Sound-Off champion.
NEW Peerless 8" XLS Sub-woofer
The XLS range of Sub-woofers has pushed the envelope further for the performance digital demands of DVD theatre with the XLS 12" Sub giving phenomenal performance from such a small enclosure. However, it was also necessary to design a more compact unit to suit smaller establishments. To this end Stones have developed a new Cast chassis 8" version of XLS driver to again achieve audiophile performance at a reasonable cost. The new XLS800 subwoofer will out perform most 10" subs of twice the volume with clean, articulate, deep bass.
NEW STONES SOUND STUDIO Upgraded Subwoofer Amplifier STONES S200W-V2
After testing many internal sub-woofer amplifiers from makers all over the globe, we decided to perfect our own. The new S200W amplifier from WES Components has been developed by STONES SOUND STUDIO after considerable testing and modifications to achieve very stable performance in the low frequency domain down to the sub-sonic 5Hz. Special Video audio filters at 24db/Oct we developed so that the subwoofer unit can be adjusted to suit both music and home-theater bass and also allowing in conjunction with the freq ,level, phase controls some adjustment for room resonant modes. Again we have achieved this while maintaining excellent value for money. To get this level of performance usually costs considerably more. Essential for the XLS800 and highly recommended for the XLS1000 sub-woofers this excellent subwoofer amplifier can be used with any subwoofer speakers .
Premium Component Crossovers
Components used in the HDS & XLS range are all premium quality for best audio performance. A new range of inductor coils and capacitors was imported by WES Components to achieve the best sonic performance at a reasonable price. The Solen range of capacitors, for example, was developed in France for the European Space Agency! Only air coils are used, because of their sonic performance. Gold connectors and OFC cabling, all combine to maintain a very high level of sonic purity.
Sound Signature Matched For Home Theatre
To best reproduce the DVD home theatre audio experience, it is recommended by most installers that all speakers be identical. This is to achieve a seamless transition of sound from one speaker to the other without any obvious change in tone. You can accomplish this by using a combination of all HDS250 speakers (HDS255c as centers). However, it can also be achieved by the use a combination of different speakers in this range, due to the close sonic resemblances of each HDS speaker. eg. For a most impressive setup, use the HDS455 as mains, the HDS255c as your center and the conveniently compact HDS150 or HDS250 as surround speakers. The choice of XLS800 or XLS1000 depends on room size and potential listening volume.
Passive Radiator V's Ported Sub Woofers
The XLS1000 uses one 12" Active driver and one 12" Passive radiator. This is a "Drone Cone" that utilises the low frequency energy within the box, similar to a port but with some distinct advantages in that it improves performance and specifications. The XLS1000 dual cone design achieves superior audiophile sound with lower than normally achievable frequency response at very high SPL if required. This impressively clean and deep sound is without the air breathing distortion normally associated with an over exerted vented enclosure used at such low frequencies and high potential volume levels. To reduce turbulence in our XLS800, with the single 8" XLS driver, we use tapered internal bracing and large, dual 65mm ports that are also flanged for reduced turbulence distortion.
Curved Edge Design
Where possible or practical, edges in the box are tapered. This includes the speaker grills, internal bracing and the port edges. When a sound wave from a loudspeaker reaches an edge of a speaker cabinet, for example, it creates a new source of sound that appears to emanate from there, referred to as "Edge Diffraction". Rounding off corners will reduce this diffraction distortion. It is also a prime example of the attention to detail the designer has gone to achieve the best results possible.
Acoustically Aligned Coaxial Array [& Tweeter Flare System]
If you look at the HDS250 and HDS455, you will observe the tweeter is COUNTERSUNK into the box with a mid-woofer above and below. As a result of this alignment, the sound from the tweeter leaves the box and reaches your ears at the same time as the mid-woofers sounds. This eliminates the usual midrange delay, reducing "Lobbing" (sound interaction between drivers) and achieving a near perfect transient response. This physical alignment, the unique front face tweeter flaring and the precision crossover phase alignment, all work together to give many transient improvements, particularly at the obstreperous crossover frequency point. The focus and realism of each performance will surpass what standard flat baffle speakers can normally reproduce, and all with consummate accuracy. Horizontal and vertical off-axis response is also improved, producing a greater "sweet-spot" and giving a wider, deeper 3D sound stage perception, reducing the fallacious effect of where you are in the theatre. Everywhere is the best seat in the house!
Bi-Wire & Bi-Amp Compatible
Dual binding posts on all HDS models for the option of connecting signals to the tweeter and mid-woofers separately. This allows use of multiple amplifiers with active crossovers or, a more controversial tweak, you can bi-wire from a single amp. It is claimed that this will improve tweeter response and efficiency. The gold binding posts are shorted as default for normal twin cables. We do highly recommend though, the use of transcendent quality OFC cables for connection as direct improvements will result. SSS recommends our WES Code OFC348 cable as the best value for money. We use this cable for internal wiring on all HDS models.