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The Chagall's drive units are all edge of the art designs, ergo the ultra-lightweight, yet super-hard 1-inch diamond tweeter's response reaches 40 kilohertz to produce unrivaled texture and nuance in the upper frequencies. The high-performance 6.8-inch ceramic midrange and 8.6-inch woofer are sourced from Germany, each built to Loiminchay's specifications.

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Loiminchay Audio Chagall Loudspeaker Review

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December 2, 2008 By Steve Guttenberg

One from the Heart

A friend once asked me what makes a high-end speaker high-end, other than its lofty MSRP. Yes, it's a given they should sound spectacular, but a high-end speaker is more than an appliance, it's a portal of sorts.

A great speaker's presence should communicate gravitas, and I really believe they ought to be admired for their physical beauty.

Enter Loiminchay.

Far too many high-end wannabes are ugly, downright strange or boring monoliths. You are after all, going to live with them, so they should look at least as good as they sound. My pulse better quicken during my first encounter or the speaker won't make it to the second date.

Loiminchay Audio's Chagall's first impression is a strong one, decked out as it is with a complex array of curves and faceted surfaces, it absolutely, positively looks the part.

The Chagall was designed in New York by Loiminchay's President, Patrick Chu. He originally set out to design and build an ultimate speaker just for himself, and three years later decided to offer three limited-edition models—the Degas, Chagall, and Kandinsky—to the cognoscenti market. Loiminchay's artisan workers produce a total of just fifty pairs of speakers each year.

The Chagall's MultiPly Birch Laminate isn't a veneered finish—no, the cabinet is built up from 26 mm sheets, bonded together to form a solid mass of wood.

Once the bonding is completed the wood is carved to create openings for the drivers and the speaker's internal volume. The unique construction method required equally inspired manufacturing techniques, so Loiminchay's workers created their own tools to make the cabinets.

The factory's temperature and humidity are precisely controlled; the workers pamper the Birch and Cherry woods as if they were going to be used to build fine music instruments.

The Chagall is a two-box design; the lower enclosure houses the woofer,and the upper unit houses the midrange and tweeter. The Chagall's top unit is also sold separately as the Degas speaker ($30,000 a pair).

The Chagall's drive units are all edge of the art designs, ergo the ultra-lightweight, yet super-hard 1-inch diamond tweeter's response reaches 40 kilohertz to produce unrivaled texture and nuance in the upper frequencies.

The high-performance 6.8-inch ceramic midrange and 8.6-inch woofer are sourced from Germany, each built to Loiminchay's specifications.

The speaker's crossover network uses German and Danish parts and was designed by Loiminchay engineers. All internal wiring is pure silver. The cabinet's insides are stuffed with lamb's wool from Australia.

The Chagall's 8.6-inch woofer is mounted onto a 1-inch thick concrete plinth, which is, in turn wrapped in leather. The entire woofer/concrete/leather assembly is rigidly mounted to the lower cabinet, all in an effort to damp and control the woofer's considerable energy within the cabinet.

I've never seen anything like it.

The cabinets are ...

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