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The Wright Audio

Jewel

Small, Bronze-Mirrored Speaker for Near-Distance Listening
on a Shelf or Desktop with Matching Amplifier

 

The Jewel is an exquisitely-finished speaker designed specifically only for close listening.  The recommended listening distance is 18 inches to 5 feet.

Larger speakers than the Jewel in these situations will actually sound worse when listened to up-close due to the lower midrange frequencies being reinforced by the nearby tabletop and shelf / wall boundaries, causing the speaker to sound "muddy".  The Jewel is designed with a natural lower-mid frequency rolloff which is compensated for by the nearby tabletop and wall boundaries.  It is for these reasons that it is not recommended for farther listening distances.

The result is a much more neutral frequency balance with excellent clarity at nearby distances.  The single driver provides a "point-source", phase-coherent sound with outstanding stereo imaging.  The speaker has been opimized for mid-to-high frequencies where most of the music is, therefore it reproduces sound no lower than the upper bass due to its small size. 

The Jewel is beautifully finished in bronze glass mirrors with a beveled mirror top.  A beveled, dark brown fabric grill complements the beveled mirror top. 

Because the Jewel's cabinet is expensively finished, it uses Wright Audio's replacement front baffle feature.  This means that should technology provide a more advanced speaker driver in the future, the front panel alone can be replaced to accommodate the requirements of the new driver so the entire speaker cabinet will never have to be replaced.  This guarantees your speaker will always sound its best and never become obsolete.

No other speaker designed for this application enhances a room's decor more than The Jewel while providing refreshingly neutral sound and a means of upgrading the sound quality in the future!

*  Cabinet Size: Just 5 1/4" Wide x 6 1/4" High x 6" Deep

*  Recommended listening distance: 18 inches to 5 feet.

*  Amplifier Power Requirements:  2 to 10 watts per channel.  15 watts maximum power handling.

*  Frequency Response:  160Hz to 18,000Hz.

*  8 ohms Impedance.

*  Large gold-plated binding posts.

*  Cabinet Walls: 3/4" thick eliminates any cabinet wall flexing or sound transmission through the cabinet.

*  Weight: 4 lbs. each.

*  Utilizes Wright Audio's replacement front baffle feature for future upgrading / non-obsolescence.

*  Cabinet Made in U.S.A.

Includes a new Pyle 'mini' amplifier measuring just 6 x 4 x 2 inches, best for use with these speakers.
Simply connect any source device with an analog output to use.

Due to the nature of electronics from overseas, we test each new amplifier before shipping to ensure your satisfaction.


Shown with Pyle PCA1 and Sony XDR-F1HD miniature tuner (no longer manufactured).

 

Price: $295 / Pair, including amplifier.
U.S. Shipping: $24

IN STOCK


Available only directly from Wright Audio.

Designer's Notes:

The Mini and Jewel speaker projects began when I could not find a table radio suitable for a desk or a kitchen that I could listen to for more than 5 minutes.

The Sangean, Tivoli, “Wave”and similar radios all share the same fatal sonic characteristics: a grossly bloated mid-bass, almost no highs and a severe 'boxy' sound, all ruining voice intelligibility -- just awful.  Also, many radio stations add voice frequency equalization or use the microphone's “proximity effect” to boost the lower midrange to make the voice sound 'bigger' which worsens intelligibility.

Thus began more than a few months of prototyping when I quickly became aware that for the uses intended, at closer listening distances in stereo, the speaker must be made smaller.   Doing so drives the natural internal box resonances higher to avoid the detrimental boxy effects as well as minimize the lower midrange frequency reinforcement occurring naturally from nearby surfaces such as a wall or table top.

Of course this solution greatly reduces the bass frequencies, but voices and most music is in the midrange, above 200 cycles, and the use of a quite small but efficient driver which can reach over 12K without requiring a separate tweeter means that a single driver can cover the entire range over 150 cycles.  This is a clear advantage for sound quality within its range plus benefits of reduced size and cost.

The result is a far more neutral and well-balanced sound.  There is still more than a suggestion of upper bass, so the speaker does not sound too thin at the recommended listening distances.  It could be suggested that a separate (sub)woofer module be used, but for the intended uses, on a desk or a nearby shelf, use of one would probably be impractical and is simply outside of the range of the speakers' intended use.

The two models, Mini and The Jewel, have similar sonic goals in different listening areas. The cabinets have been changed for the appropriate areas and two different, but similarly sized drivers have been used.


Common Question:

Why do you sell these speakers with the small Pyle amplifier?

This is the most appropriate amplifier to use with these speakers because of its tiny size, sufficient power, its analog power supply and audio circuit.  It also has a rather sweet sound particularly in the highs.

It also encourages the use of an amplifier without a bass control because I see the probability of these speakers connected to some over-powered receiver and the bass control cranked to achieve more bass.  There is a likely chance that sooner or later someone, perhaps a child, will see “how loud” or “how much bass” the speakers can play and damage them.  Although these speakers could not have been possible about six years ago due to technology limitations, the small but rugged drivers do have excursion and thermal limits.  Use of the Pyle amplifier makes an accident less likely to happen.

By the way, I do not recommend any of the small 'Class D' or tripath amplifiers for use in this circumstance if you are considering listening to AM radio.  They generate considerable radio frequency 'hash' and make listening to the AM radio band impossible because of severe static.


Suggested AM/FM solutions:

If AM/FM radio is your primary interest, there are many used AM / FM tuners for less than $100 available from sources like Ebay, Craigslist, or a second-hand store.  New AM / FM tuners have become a somewhat rare component and their cost is probably not justified in these circumstances.

In keeping with the 'small' theme, Teac, Parasound and Radio Shack / Realistic made half-size tuners.  The discontinued and now pricey, sought-after Sony XDR-F1HD is also very small.  I've also been successful in connecting the very good Sony Walkman radio series directly to the Pyle amplifier input. If the AM band is important to you, the sound of the current model (SRF-M37) is not as good on the AM band as the earlier, discontinued SRF-M35, which has wide band AM for higher fidelity.  In fact, the AM sound performance of this model will exceed about 95% of any of the usual full-size AM/FM tuners.

The combination of the Wright Audio Mini or Jewel Speakers with the Pyle PCA-1 Amplifier and a separate, AM/FM tuner will way outperform both in specifications and sound, any of the radio types described above or a packaged compact system. ~ Stephen Fritz

 

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