Amphion Ion is tough to classify. Interior designers love it. Highend reviewers praise it. Recording engineers use it.
If you simply like great sound, but do not want to overwhelm your life with audio, Ion may be a perfect choice. You can enjoy ions in many ways:
Place on your desktop and learn what a joy near field listening can be.
Place in bookshelf or on stands - in small rooms you get surpassing full bass performance as well.
Pair it with a subwoofer for a reference quality full range system that still looks pure lifestyle.
Even if Ion performs superbly in both traditional two-channel and multichannel applications an increasing amount of demanding forward thinking individuals have made ion part of their desktop system – and end up spending more enjoyable hours their ions than their ultrahigh end separates.
If categorizing Ions is so difficult why should we even try? Maybe Joe Cali, producer of singer-songwriter Lori Lieberman, was onto something when he stated:
“For each song to be represented with all the details and have the same musicality is in itself remarkable. In the end I hope you just enjoy the music because after all, that is what it is all about.”
U/D/D stands for Uniformly Directive Diffusion. By creating even dispersion the anomalies caused by wall, floor and ceiling reflections are minimized. This allows the listener to hear less of their room and more of their music.
|Operating principle:||2-way, vented|
|Mid / woofer:||4,5" paper|
|Crossover point:||1600 Hz|
|Frequency response:||55 - 30 000 Hz|
|Power recommendation:||20 - 120 W|
|Measurements (h x w x d):||268 x 134 x 220 mm|
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Basics: full white, black
Colour grids: 9 different colours, RAL colour of choice*
Reviews & Awards
"In terms of tonal balance the Ion plays it straight, with a poised midrange and a refinement that gripped my attention like few mini speakers I’ve reviewed. Amphion hasn’t hijacked the treble balance to emphasize speed and detail, nor tweaked the port tuning to boost a narrow band of upper- bass frequencies to suggest true bass. These dubious choices make for a good impulse buy, but in the long run they’ll wear on you like a bad suit."
"For those addicted to quasi-nearfield listening—a five- or six-foot distance—the Ion is a marvel of transparency and depth. It creates layers of complex soundfields and immersion that imitates a good set of headphones but without the fatigue."
Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
Amorphis are using Amphion Ion loudspeakers and a NuForce Icon2 amplifier for the recording of their forthcoming studio album.
In the artists' own words: "Amphion speakers deliver excellent dynamics and a big, yet very clear sound with high resolution. There is plenty of drive in all frequency ranges, and even at low volumes to boot. In addition, we use the NuForce Icon2 amplifier, which is nice and simple to use. Its varied aux inputs make it perfect for me, because I listen to music mostly from my iPod (miniplug) or laptop (USB), while for recording I use a separate sound card (ProTools MBox 2) with an analog (RCA) output to the amplifier."
Tomi Koivusaari, Finnish Rock Band Amorphis