Buchardt Audio announces A500 active speakers

For those who love the Buchardt S300 and S400 passive speakers, Buchardt is now taking pre-orders on their new A500 active speakers and accompanying sound hub, scheduled for release this summer…

https://www.buchardtaudio.com/products?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=5e21894546936d742d7ca789&ss_email_id=5e2600af8de10a14cfaa1822&ss_campaign_name=A500+Active+Speakers&ss_campaign_sent_date=2020-01-20T19%3A34%3A28Z

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interesting looking speakers. bloody expensive!

also, is that a sub or what on the backside?

It’s actually a driver on the back…

“WHY DRIVERS ON THE BACK OF THE SPEAKER?

During our research for the A500 and A700, we have tried a lot of different configurations, to obtain the performance we wanted. In the end, we ended up placing some drivers on the backside of the speakers. This has two purposes, from which only one of them is obvious. The obvious reason is that we want to have as much cone area as possible to be able to extent the bass-reproduction as much as possible with as little distortion as possible. The second reason is, that we use the rear drivers with a specially developed algorithm to perfectly align them with the remaining front-firing drivers, without causing any spatial problems to the acoustic dispersion. This allows us to use rear wall reflection to extend our sound image even further than traditional loudspeakers. The result from this is a larger and more precise sound image than you can achieve with traditional front-firing speakers.”

More details here:

https://www.buchardtaudio.com/a500-detailed-description

Zeos does a very informative episode on the passive version of these speakers. They seem awesome.

Seems like my prediction is coming to light, little by little.
More and more these type of active speakers with DSP and room correction will be coming to market. D-amps getting cheaper and smaller. Made this few years ago.
Easy integration without amps and so on. Maybe with wireless features.

For the speakers.
Maybe could have gone without the screws being visible? Getting little Amphion vibes from the look. For a pair? Price might not be that bad, lot of tech also.

I think it will be you’re right, but I can see in the future :crystal_ball: the cable Luddite’s and vinyl massive having close affiliations lol.

Interested but on the expensive side… I’m dying to here the Swan M3A / M5A and wonder how they would stack up. Swan will be 50% of the price of the Buchs.

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Can’t wait for the M5A reviews. Interested to see if these beat LS50W’s…