If the cost of production or the final price of the product is not an issue you can try out anything to get the best results. That seems to be the case with Duke, the magnificent pair of speaker system from Austrian speaker maker Trenner & Friedl. There is a 0.8 inch diamond diaphragm super tweeter firing upward into a Swarovski-crystal “disperser” that creates a 360-degree radiation pattern. Can you imagine a more luxurious sound than that?
There is more of the best compressed into the system. There is an 8 inch papyrus cone and nitride titanium inverted dome along with high efficiency compression tweeter. The base that houses the fiberglass-reinforced paper-cone woofers are a hybrid form of horn resonator and bass-reflex design. The damping material is hand-felted sheep wool. There has been no compromise made at any stage.
Standing five feet tall they were perhaps the most impressive speakers at CES this year. John Atkinson’s post about Duke confirmed that driven by a dCS Puccini disc transport, Jeff Rowland Design Group Aeris DAC, JRDG Criterion preamp, and two JRDG 625 stereo power amps the sound quality of the speakers was superb. The pricing of the speaker seems to have been worked out on a per pound basis. Duke weighs a respectable 284 pounds and costs all of $175,000 for a pair.