Aurora

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The design goal of the Aurora was to create a stand mounted speaker that delivers a full-range experience. While that may sound straight forward, it’s anything but. A 3D printer, also known as Rapid Prototyping enabled experimentation with numerous waveguide profiles. This directly lead to the 7″ diameter waveguide seen in the Aurora. Why a waveguide? Simple, it allows for results that would be otherwise impossible. The waveguide makes it possible to crossover a tweeter at an incredibly low 1000hz. What this does is open up the possibility of making a 2-way speaker with an 8″ driver and still keep the large woofer in a range where it’s response is balanced and linear. In turn, using an 8″ woofer means 50% more cone area than most 2-way monitors which use a 6.5″ woofer. The result in visceral, tactile bass that is normally expected out of speakers much larger than The Aurora. Once the waveguide profile was established the tireless hunt for a perfect tweeter to mate with it began. The reality is that after hearing the RAAL tweeter, dome tweeters can just sound boring and lifeless. Months of measurements and extended critical listening sessions resulted in the discovery of one of the lowest mass ceramic dome tweeters on the market. Among the dozens of suitable transducers that were auditioned only one could reproduce the flat extended frequency response both on and off-axis while retaining the signature refinement, detail, and musicality that are the voice of the Vapor lineup.

The end result is a stand mount speaker that grips you with deep impactful bass into the high 20hz range, while maintaining a rich, full, and balanced midrange. The waveguide ensures that the tweeter sees a very small mechanical load enabling it to easily recreate dynamic peaks with the effortless nuance one would expect from a Vapor Audio speaker. It also provides directivity control across the full tweeter bandwidth, giving a wider sweet spot than otherwise expected.

The Aurora is a beautifully executed design, both inside and out. The cabinet is a work of art, and incredibly strong thanks to walls constructed of numerous layers epoxied over forms into a pre-tensioned panel.

A simple design goal resulted in over a year of testing and development, and a speaker unlike any other on the market today. But the results justify time and expense, the Vapor Audio Aurora is a speaker that will certainly make stand on it’s own for innovation and performance.

Priced at $4995 per pair w/ stands

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  • Drivers Used Transducer Labs N26C-G Tweeter
    Vifa NE225
    Cabinet Tuning Rear Ported, 38hz tuning frequency
    Freq Response 30 – 24,000 +/-3db, 35 – 23,000 hz +/- 1.5db
    Nominal Impedance 4 ohms
    Sensitivity 89 db
    Recommended Power 15-150 watts via Tube Amp
    30-250 watts via Solid State Amp
    Weight and Dimensions 60 Pounds
    19″ Height x 18″ Deep x 12.5″ Max Width
    Crossover Details 2nd Order Parallel Network on Woofer and Tweeter
    Crossover point of 1100hz
  • Ultra-light pure Ceramic dome tweeter
    Wood-fiber impregnated paper cone 8" woofer with high-power Neodymium magnet
    Unique Waveguide profile machined into ultra-dense baffle, 10* baffle tilt for time alignment
    Vapor Audio’s proprietary Acoustic Inversion Layer dampening treatment to reduce cabinet wall resonance by over 20db.
    Matching stands with isolated crossover chamber included

    Standard Crossover Features:
    VH Audio OIMP capacitors
    Large Gauge air core inductors
    Kimber Cable internal Wiring
    All point-to-point hand soldered with Cardas Silver Solder
    WBT 0703 binding posts

    Standard Finishes:
     2-stage Automotive paint standard
    Wood veneer finishes available at additional cost

  • Below is a listing of some more popular upgrades, many others are available.
    Crossover components, wiring, and binding posts can all be chosen by the customer.
    Contact us for details and pricing.

    Finish Upgrades:
    Numerous Paint options available, any paint can be applied, some options are as follows (paint prices can vary based on material cost):
    Upgrade to 3-stage paint on baffle and cabinet - $300
    2-tone paint, use of different color on cabinet and baffle - $300
    Paint stands in matching 2-stage or 3-stage paint - $500

    Upgrade from a standard veneer to premium veneer – $200 (approx, price can vary)
    Hand Rubbed High Gloss Piano finish – $500

    Crossover Upgrade packages:
    Mundorf EVO Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors – $300 (LIVE)
    Jensen Copper/Foil capacitors – $600 (BALANCE)
    Dueland CAST capacitors – $1600 (PERFECTION)

    - Please remember this is only a starting point for cap options. We have used many others not listed here and can offer insights on the best way to reach the sound you want, in the budget required. Inquire for more info

    Binding Post Upgrades:
    Bi-wire option with WBT 0703 – $60
    Upgrade to WBT 0730 Polished Gold or Platinum – $100
    - bi-wire with WBT 0730, $200
    Upgrade to WBT 0710 Silver or Gold – $200 (Finest binding posts available today)
    - bi-wire with WBT 0710, $400

    Internal Wiring Upgrades:
    Antipodes Reference Silver/Gold Litz wire throughout – $800 (price can vary)
    Many options available, contact us for pricing and details