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The Wright Audio

Jewel

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

 

Development of this speaker began as a reaction to the grossly bloated mid-bass, poor highs and the severely 'boxy' sound of table radios like the Sangean, Tivoli and 'Wave', all of which ruin voice intelligibility.  Also, many radio stations add voice bass frequency equalization or use the microphone's “proximity effect” to boost the lower midrange to make the voice sound 'bigger' which again, worsens intelligibility and make these radios tiresome, even difficult to listen to.

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. 

Even 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 Jewel is beautifully finished in bronze glass mirrors with a beveled mirror top.  A beveled, dark brown fabric grill complements the beveled glass 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 15,000Hz.

*  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.

 

For a companion amplifier, a Pyle PCA1 'mini' analog amplifier measuring just 6 x 4 x 2 inches is recommended for use with these speakers.  These are available very inexpensively from Amazon.  The tiny size, sufficient power, analog power supply and audio circuitry make it an excellent match.   It also has a rather sweet sound particularly in the highs.

If you are considering listening to AM radio, avoid the small digital 'Class D' or 'Tripath' amplifiers.  They generate considerable radio frequency 'hash' and make listening to the AM radio band impossible because of severe static.

Use of the Pyle amplifier or similar which is without a bass control is recommended.  The small but rugged two-inch driver does have excursion and thermal limits and use of this type of amplifier makes an accident with damage less likely to happen.

 


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

Price: $195 / Pair

U.S. Shipping: $34

IN STOCK

Available only directly from Wright Audio.


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