Imagine only launching a new product every three decades. I know, it sounds crazy but that is exactly what’s happened at Lowther Loudspeakers. The well-known British speaker manufacturer has announced its first brand-new speaker design in almost 30 years. The new model is called The Almira and it is a modern twist on a classic, preserving the clarity and scale of larger Lowther speaker cabinets, but with a more compact footprint.
Lowther Loudspeakers has a reputation as one of the top British hi-fi designers of all time and was born out of a collaboration between engineer Paul Voigt and OP Lowther. The two men collaborated on their first project, the Lowther-Voigt Radio, producing a range of high-end radiograms, amplifiers, tuners and loudspeakers offering many different adaptations for home use including custom cabinets.
The Almira has been meticulously designed to work equally as well in smaller rooms as in larger spaces. The design uses a 2.3m single folded, quarter-wave, generic Voigt horn with a floor-facing exit based on the quarter-wave Voigt horn with a floor-facing exit.
Although designed with Voigt’s original principles in mind, the Almira is a slight departure from the Lowther heritage design due to the addition of a handmade super tweeter, together with an Almira-specific phase compensation board. The Almiras are designed with Lowther’s DX3 drive units and are comparable in efficiency and scale of the soundstage with larger heritage cabinets, like the TP2.
“The Almira is the first new speaker Lowther has designed in over 30 years,” says Lowther’s managing director, Martin Thornton. “We wanted to make a statement that Lowther is back whilst acknowledging and embracing our heritage. We believe horn-loaded loudspeakers present the highest level of musical reproduction and with Almira, we are addressing the challenges of modern digital re-production without sacrificing the traditional Lowther values.”
All Lowther Loudspeakers are handmade to order in Great Britain and sold in numbered pairs. Users can select from a wide range of matched veneer sets including the stylish limited-edition Rosewood. The Almira can also be specified with or without top cover grilles and come with leveling screw feet, which are removable for carpet standing.
Pricing & Availability: Lowther Almira speaker pairs are priced from £12,000.
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