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PLASMA SIGNATURE
RIBBON SIGNATURE

The new Plasma Signature is the culmination of all we have in learned in the last 15 years of speaker design. I have always loved the dipole panel speaker design with its big, natural soundstage along with an addictively open and airy sound. My challenge was that I also loved my Wavelength Cardinal XS amplifiers with Western Electric 300B tubes with their musically natural and soul-engaging sound. Now I had determined two requirements for my system, but they were incompatible. So I kept the amps and decided to develop my own efficient dipoles with the encouragement and help of Gordon Rankin of Wavelength.


My first breakthrough design was the Cabernet and it is just amazing, but it’s 100 db efficiency won’t allow its use with the plasma tweeter which is compatible up to 97 db efficiency. Plus, many customers prefer the line array performance attributes in a system with subwoofers built in. So the design and trials continued.


The culmination of all of these design parameters was the Triode Line Array which exhibited at RMAF 2015 to rave reviews from both show attendees and the press. The Plasma Signature is the next step up the performance ladder from the Triode Line Array and is our best speaker to date. 


By separating the bass and mid treble units we are able to optimize both cabinets for ultimate performance. The pyramidal shape also aids in suppression of internal standing waves. The new Plasma Signature offers the large and expansive soundstage of big planar systems with bass and dynamics standard dipole planers can only dream about - and can be driven with an 8 watt SET amp! 


With four 4” drivers front facing and another identical set of four 4” drivers facing back that are operated in phase gives the Plasma Signature the air moving capability in the midrange of a 12” driver.


Dipole speakers have the rear wave out of phase which makes for much tougher positioning requirements to get the best sound and minimize cancellations. These eight 4” drivers operate from 80 hz – 7000 hz with just one inductor to smooth the response and readies them to seamlessly blend with the incomparable plasma tweeter. The system is supported on the bottom end with a 12” subwoofer, 500 watt class D amplifier with adjustable volume and crossover, and loaded with two 12” passive radiators. This makes for a full range system with spectacular full range performance of 24 hz – 60,000 hz. Speed, resolution, air, space, dynamics and sound staging are all world class making the Plasma’s Signatures price/performance ratio unbeatable.This is a truly unique speaker that will reward the listener with immediate satisfaction and more importantly long term satisfaction with a speaker that offers strengths of many different speakers in one complete design.
 

Signature Series

The Ribbon Signature is the same speaker as the Plasma Signature with a pure ribbon tweeter, not a plasma. It took three years to find the right tweeter and crossover to get it’s performance close enough to the Plasma Signature to justify the Signature designation. It is a world class speaker in it’s own right beating speakers up to 3 times it’s price and it can be converted to a Plasma Signature anytime in the future.

 
 

What's in a Vaughn?

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"I had always loved the resolution and presence of the line array speaker systems however they always ended up having a loss of focus that was distracting over time. After 8 years of numerous prototypes and many misses we finally have a design that gives us the scale and presence of the larger line array systems with great clarity and focus in a very compact floor standing package.

 

Each speaker features sixteen 4" full range drivers along with a robust ribbon super tweeter and two 12" side mounted passive radiators. Eight of the full ranges and the super tweeter face forwards and the other eight full ranges are rearward facing. This provides a listening experience similar to the very best planar systems with dynamics and a presence that the panel speakers can only dream of. Combine this with their 100 db efficiency and easy 16 ohm impedance and they can be powered by the best low powered tube and solid state amps and still provide that "big speaker" experience or with their 240 watt power handling can handle the big muscle amps as well but you won't need all that power for more than satisfactory listening levels of even the largest scale music."

 

Early in my audio journey I fell in love with dipole panels, owning Acoustats, Quads, Martin Logans, Magnepans, Apogees etc.. The open, clear sound along with natural sound staging was a cut above box speakers of the day. Unfortunately there was always that compromise of limited dynamics and bass power along with their thirst for big power and current wouldn't allow me to use my preferred lower powered tube amplifiers. Finally the Cabernet II combined with two subwoofers were able to give me everything I was looking for in one package. High efficiency, easy impedance, great micro and macro dynamics, transparency, openness, and the big dense soundstage of the best dipole planars speakers. Finally I could have my cake and eat it too! If your tastes run along the same vein give the Cabernet LA a listen, you'll be glad you did!

VAUGHN SIGNATURE SUBWOOFER

"I had always loved the resolution and presence of the line array speaker systems however they always ended up having a loss of focus could be distracting. After 8 years of numerous prototypes and many misses we finally have a design that gives us the scale and presence of the larger line array systems with great clarity and focus in a very compact floor standing package."

 

Each speaker features sixteen 4" full range drivers along with a robust ribbon super tweeter and two 12" side mounted passive radiators. Eight of the full ranges and the super tweeter face forwards and the other eight full ranges are rearward facing. This provides a listening experience similar to the very best planar systems with dynamics and a presence that the panel speakers can only dream of. Combine this with 100 db efficiency and easy 16 ohm impedance and they can be powered by the best low powered tube and solid state amps and still provide that "big speaker" experience or with their 240 watt power handling can handle the big muscle amps as well but you won't need all that power for more than satisfactory listening levels of even the largest scale music.

 

Early in my audio journey I fell in love with dipole panels, owning Acoustats, Quads, Martin Logans, Magnepans, Apogees etc.. The open, clear sound along with natural sound staging was a cut above box speakers of the day. Unfortunately, there was always that compromise of limited dynamics and bass power along with their thirst for big power and current that would not allow me to use my preferred lower-powered tube amplifiers. Finally the Cabernet Line Array (Cabernet II) combined with two subwoofers were able to give me everything I was looking for in one package.

 

High efficiency, easy impedance, great micro and macro dynamics, transparency, openness, and the big dense soundstage of the best dipole planars speakers. Finally I could have my cake and eat it too! If your tastes run along the same vein give the Cabernet Line Array a listen, you'll be glad you did!

ZINFANDEL LINE ARRAY
CABERNET LINE ARRAY

It is obvious that I really like the large natural soundstage of bi-polar designs. The new Zinfandel Line Array is my first line array design in front firing only configuration. There were numerous requests for this design as a number of audiophiles prefer more focused presentation or whose situations will not work properly with bi-polar radiation.

The Zinfandel Line Array is more focused indeed, with the precise imaging, but offers so much more. This speaker provides a focused but big and dynamic sound that towers over conventional designs. With nine 4” front-facing drivers and no crossover in the 70 – 7000 hz range, they provide a seamless presentation with tremendous coherency and accuracy. You will clearly hear vivid details with world class dynamics. The multiple 4” drivers offer speed, dynamics, and a sense of life simply not found in more conventional designs. The cumulative radiating area is greater than a 12” driver, but with nine control motors, allows for minimal cone excursions to provide tremendous, accurate, and instantaneous output.

The Zinfandel Line Array is available with top mounted horn, AMT, or can even be upgraded to the incomparable plasma tweeters. With the low end limitations of the 4” drivers, we advise using the Zinfandel Line Array with a top quality subwoofer like one or more of the fabulous MJ Acoustics subwoofers we are now importing. The Zinfandel Line Array and MJ sub bass systems create truly world class sound at a bargain price.

The Triode Jr Line Array is the most cost effective way to get into the Vaughn bi-polar line array sound. No room was wasted in getting the big bi-polar sound into a small package. Despite its diminutive stand-mount stature, the sound is big, bold and dynamic with a sweetness that often surprises listeners. Voices and midrange instruments are presented in a warm, natural way without coloration, like so many other “musical speakers”. The eight 4” drivers offer power, speed, and control beyond the reach of  a single or dual midrange driver in this price range. It is a revelation to hear such a big sound coming from such a small enclosure.

To cover the extreme low end,  we recommend using the Triode Jr Line Array with a quality subwoofer or two like the MJ Acoustics subwoofers we have begun importing. With an MJ sub bass system filling out the Triode Jr the sound truly turns world class. From top to bottom the sound is clean, clear, coherent, and supremely musical. A realistic soundstage will fill the rear of your room with performers laid out as intended by the recording. Size, scope and scale will surprise those that are even used to listening to large systems. 

TRIODE LINE ARRAY
TRIODE JR LINE ARRAY

In early 2013 I was able to hear a pair of the Dukane Plasma tweeters from the 1960's and it was one of those revelatory audio moments. I heard percussion and high frequencies as never before. Surprisingly, the plasmas also dramatically improved the midrange and bass frequencies while expanding the soundstage to truly expansive proportions. I sat mesmerized in front of the speakers with thoughts quickly moving to,"I have to build a speaker to show off the wonders of this magical device."

I found a used set on Ebay and working together with a "plasma guru", who has been working with these tweeters since the 1960s, rebuilt them completely with our own significantly improved power supply. These turned out to be a rousing success when mated to our Triode speaker. So here we present the Triode Line Array, a "mini" bi-polar line array speaker built specifically to seamlessly mate with this incredible plasma tweeter. It also sounds incredible with the Alnico horn tweeter as well which provides a more affordable entre’ and allows for an upgrade path to the plasma tweeter.

Available separately for $3000.00 each


One 12” woofer, two 12” Passive Radiators, 500 watt amplifier


18”-14”w x 15.5”d x 18” high

Use Plasma Signature, Triode Jr. or Cabernet II with 1,2, 3, or 4 woofers
for even better results

 
 
 
 
 
 

Reference Series

VAUGHN PLASMA TWEETER
  1. Massless design starts instantly, stops instantly, and has no diaphragm resonances.

  2. 140 degree horizontal dispersion, 60 degree vertical dispersion

  3. Built in the 1960's and still the best tweeter ever made.

  4. Updated power supply and crossover.