3-way active monitor
The Mini-Boulder is the latest addition to the professional range of active studio monitors.
As the name implies, it's a smaller Boulder albeit with one woofer instead of two. This monitor has the performance and finesse of it's Boulder big brother but it's smaller in size and price.
The Mini-Boulder is a 3 way active design sharing the exact same electronics and MF/HF drivers from our larger Boulder Mk-III model.
These include the following;
Coaxial 5" Mid-Range & Folded Ribbon Tweeter Drive Unit
The unique and exclusive centrally mounted Coaxial unit which is hand built in Germany comprises of a 5" ring mid-range drive unit and a centrally mounted JET5 50 kHz folded ribbon tweeter. The combination provides a reduced stray magnetic field with higher efficiency, improved dynamics and smooth, even frequency dispersion.
This compact design assures true point source phase accurate delivery across it's entire frequency spectrum from 694 Hz to 50 kHz, eliminating phase rotation and frequency anomalies. The result is exceptional imaging and detail, significantly improved impulse and power control providing much improved dynamic range and an even frequency response and dispersion throughout the listening space. The Coaxial driver can be described as dynamic and detailed with depth and spaciousness over a broad listening area providing exceptional detail to beyond 50kHz.
This concentrically located JET5 ribbon tweeter uses a unique folded ribbon technology providing a wide, smooth dispersion and a flat frequency response exceeding 50kHz.
The precision German built JET 5 tweeter, which is also used in the Mini-Rock and The Rock has been highly regarded for years due to its superior impulse control, smooth sound character and incredible detail. Delivering true high-definition sound, the JET 5 tweeter enthrals with its lightning-fast response and wide dynamic range, offering minimal distortion, lots of headroom and a distinctly wider frequency range than conventional dome tweeters. The ELAC JET tweeter is one of the most legendary tweeters in the industry and has won international praise with its transparent and effortless sound image.
The JET tweeter was developed to perfection on the basis of the famous Air Motion Transformer by loudspeaker pioneer Dr. Oskar Heil. Its operating principle is based on a concertinaed-foil membrane, driven by a strong magnet system of neodymium rods. This motor drives the air considerably faster than the pistonic motion of a conventional driver, with gains in higher sensitivity and extraordinary dynamics. Due to many additional design changes, like an improved new neodymium magnet system, even higher efficiency, higher sound pressure levels and frequency response up to 50 kHz was achieved.
The core of the JET tweeter is the folded foil membrane. With a fold width of only 0.84 mm, a major requirement in the JET production is precision. To guarantee repeated accuracy and unchanging quality even with high production capacity, gluing and handling are now executed by two SCARA robots. The folding and fixing of the membrane, however, are executed by hand, since for production steps requiring extreme precision, the manual dexterity of skilled technicians is irreplaceable. Due to continuous improvement, the JET 5 tweeter creates an effortless, airy and resonance-free image up to 50,000 Hz, and with its linear frequency response is ideally suited for the reproduction of DVD-A and SACD.
Amplification - Class D & Class A/B with two separate power supplies
A 300 watt Class D amplifier with it's own separate power supply feeds the single 8" woofer woofers. Two of our own Unity Audio 100 watt Class A/B custom amplifiers with dedicated power supply drives the Coaxial MID/HF, just like the Boulder MK-III.
With the power delivery of the large Class D amplifier running the 8" woofer alongside the custom Class A/B amplifiers for the Coaxial 5" mid-tweeter, the Mini-Boulder delivers a life-like sense of scale. Taking any performance in their stride, offering high SPL figures with incredible effortless dynamics and transients.
Sealed Cabinet Design
Accurate Bass Reproduction
Like all Unity Audio monitors, the cabinet is a sealed enclosure that doesn't rely on a traditional resonate port to deliver low bass frequencies. The advantage of this design philosophy is more accurate bass with better time domain performance and a gradual 12dB per octave roll off as opposed to a 24dB roll off with ported designs.
Superior Transient Response
This approach also guaranties super fast transient reproduction far quicker than conventional ported enclosures allowing the user to hear every detail of a sounds initial attack making decisions about compressor envelopes far easier to judge.
Accurate Frequency Response At Any Level
Another invaluable attribute of the sealed cabinet design is the ability to monitor at extremely low levels without compromising low frequency reproduction which is an issue with other types of cabinet designs. No longer does the user have to monitor at higher monitoring levels to judge the bass correctly. Working for long periods of time at low to moderate listening levels while maintaining a full and accurate picture is all possible with the Mini-Boulder.
To accommodate the large 220mm woofers, the sealed cabinet uses 18mm Baltic Birch plywood and a huge 30mm Corian front baffle with large radius edges to reduce reflection and cabinet resonances. This adds density, mass and rigidity providing a solid and resonant free mounting platform for all the drive units.
The Mini-Boulder is ideal for a number of critical applications, be it stereo or multi-channel, recording, mixing, mastering, composing. Ideal for smaller rooms that still demand very detailed full frequency range 3 way sound.