Cirrus Black


The Vapor Audio Cirrus Black is made to compete with and beat any stand-mount speaker in the World no matter what price. The foundation for The Cirrus is cabinet construction that is unheard of at this price.

Features of the cabinet include:

– Stacked lamination of CNC cut 13-ply void free Baltic Birch Ply
– Internal shape designed through use of Finite Element Analysis to eliminate internal reflections
– Proprietary, engineered Acoustic Inversion Layer designed to destroy any resonances and greatly reduce sound transmission
– Constrained layer construction used on top and bottom panels, and front baffle
– Internal threaded rod tensions the cabinet from top to bottom
– Large front round over eliminates cabinet edge diffraction
– Crossover components are housed in a separate, isolated chamber from the woofer

The Cirrus Black is more than just the perfect cabinet. The custom RAAL tweeter used in The Cirrus Black is truly a revelation, no other high-frequency transducer sounds so fast, so accurate, so right. It’s also extremely linear with flat extension to 40khz. But it’s the speed, in how fast it starts AND stops that sets the RAAL apart. Don’t confuse it with any other ribbon tweeter available, there’s none of the ‘ribbon’ added decay and overhang. The reaction of listeners has been unanimous, it just sounds like real music.

A fast tweeter is great, but integration is the key. Few woofers can match the speed of a tweeter like the RAAL, one of those few is the custom AudioTechnology C-Quenze driver. This woofer is a near perfect blend of detail and musicality, articulation and dynamics. AudioTechnology drivers are still made by hand with the same level of attention to absolute detail that established them as the leader in quality and innovation. But never before has a speaker as affordable as The Cirrus implemented such a driver.

Together the drivers are masterfully integrated with the finest crossover components and years of careful voicing. The result is a speaker that performs at many times above its price point.

The Cirrus Black was also designed with tube lovers in mind. It presents a very easy load with a minimum of 5.6 ohm, and the majority of range at 8 ohm or higher. The Cirrus is a true 8 ohm Nominal load, and has been tested extensively on tube gear to ensure no surprises on delivery.

Black vs. White

Here at Vapor Audio we realize that there’s no such thing as “right” for everyone. When dealing with perception of a human sense, individual taste is all that matters. To give customers options, and ability to fit our designs to their taste, we offer most speakers in Black and White versions. Tonally they will be nearly identical, afterall they are both voiced by the same set of human ears. But the difference is what one might expect from a soft cone woofer versus a hard cone. Black versions offer softer cone paper drivers, while White versions offer harder ceramic cone drivers. The softer cone will smooth transients giving a warmer, more romantic presentation. The harder cone will give a very fast delivery of transients and a more lively presenation, with added detail retrieval.

It’s important to note the White is never forward or fatiguing, and the Black is never reticent or overly laid-back. Black and White offer different versions of essentially the same sound, options are a good thing. And with each the crossover optimized for the individual requirements of the unique driver compliment.

The Cirrus Black Pricing starts at $7,995

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  • Drivers Used RAAL 70-20XR Amorphous Core Tweeter
    Audio Technology C-Quenze 18H52 Woofer
    Cabinet Tuning Rear Ported, 38hz EBS tuning frequency
    Freq Response 37 – 38,500hz +/-3db, 45 – 26,000 hz +/- 1.5db
    Nominal Impedance 8 ohms
    Sensitivity 87.5 db
    Recommended Power 15-150 watts via Tube Amp
    30-250 watts via Solid State Amp
    Weight and Dimensions 60 Pounds
    19″ Height x 14″ Deep x 12.5″ Max Width
    8.25″ Baffle Width
    Crossover Details 2nd Order Parallel Network on Woofer and Tweeter
    Crossover point of 2250hz
  • Exclusive Custom RAAL Ribbon Tweeter Element
    AudioTechnology 7” woofer with Extended Bass Shelf tuning
    Mass loaded constrained layer baffle
    Laminated void free Baltic Birch ply cabinet with mass loaded constrained layer top
    Vapor Audio’s proprietary Acoustic Inversion Layer dampening treatment to reduce cabinet wall resonance by over 20db.

    Standard Crossover Features:
    Jensen 12ga wax/paper Foil Inductors used on woofer and tweeter
    Clarity CMR capacitors
    All point-to-point hand soldered with Cardas Silver Solder
    Path Audio Resistors
    Crossover is contained in separate vibration isolated chamber

    Connectivity and Wiring:
    WBT 0703 Binding Posts
    Wired internally with braided Kimber TCSS for tweeter, Kimber 4TC for woofer

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

    Crossover Upgrade Packages:
    Jensen Silver Foil bypass capacitors – $400 (SWEET)
    Mundorf EVO Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors – $400 (LIVE)
    Jensen Copper/Foil capacitors – $800 (INTIMATE)
    Duelund RS capacitors - $1500 (PERFECTION)
    Please remember this is only a starting point for cap options. We have used many others not listed here such as Jupiter Copper Foil or Duelund Hybrid Silver. Inquire for more info

    Tweeter Upgrade:
    Silver/Gold RAAL Transformer winding – $400

    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