CABASSE THE PEARL WIRELESS NETWORKED SPEAKER

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by Jay Garrett

30th October, 2018

CABASSE THE PEARL WIRELESS NETWORKED SPEAKER

The Pearl from Cabasse promises to be a new jewel in the acoustic streaming crown of the French loudspeaker brand.

The Pearl is an active, high-definition connected speaker. Furthermore, the new streaming speaker distils and concentrates all the expertise and technology from the legendary La Sphère.

This latest refined design is the result of three year's worth of R&D. Cabasse tells us that The Pearl presents ultra-pure acoustics, faithful to brand signature sound, and perfect reproduction of music.

For all its technical advances, you cannot ignore the natural Cabasse aesthetics. The Pearl's spherical shape is ideal for spatial coherence and also plays the seduction card with its beautiful jewel-like casing.

Of course, the speaker is manufactured and finished to the highest standards as expected from the brand. No fewer than six layers of lacquer are needed to obtain the reinforced double-shell cabinets' finish. You have a choice of either metallic black with pure chromium rings or, pearl white with silver rings. Why not just get one of each?

Cabasse The Pearl

Cabasse boasts being the inventor of coaxial technology; however, it has succeeded in a new technological feat with The Pearl. The almost magical move of producing the first compact triaxial loudspeaker. Its brand new 25cm bass driver has a linear excursion of more than 30mm, offering an exceptional level of rich bass. Joining the low-end driver is a coaxial midrange and tweeter in Cabasse patented carbon.

Anyone familiar with Cabasse will be expecting exceptional power handling. We are told that you will not be disappointed. Moreover, The Pearl delivers a full, smooth frequency response from 14Hz to 27kHz, without directivity issues, colouration or distortion.

With the sound output equivalent to that of a Formula 1 car (118dB) from its 1600W RMS (3200W peak) amplifiers and Cabasse acoustic expertise, The Pearl successfully reproduces all the purity of sound. For the perfect and fully immersive experience, the Cabasse engineers have equipped The Pearl with an automatic calibration system (CRCS) that takes full advantage of the integrated microphone, and Cabasse patented technology from the flagship La Sphère.

When we suggested getting one in each finish, that wasn't mere flippancy. You can link two Pearl speakers through a direct Wi-Fi connection, without the need for an additional box or hub. Doing so gives you true stereo with unrivalled performance.

Cabasse The Pearl connected speaker

Connectivity options also permit the use of external sources such as a television, CD player, or even a turntable/phono stage combination via the optical and analogue inputs.

The Pearl is also versatile thanks to being able to use stands or wall brackets.

The Pearl, with its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, integrates seamlessly within the Cabasse StreamCONTROL multi-room system and supports MP3, AAC, WMA, AIFF, FLAC and ALAC files including 24bit/192kHz high definition. Finally, the speakers will take your hi-res audio from USB connected hard disks, networks or computers, internet radio or online music services (Spotify, Qobuz, Napster, Deezer, Tidal). Also, The Pearl is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa soon.

The Pearl is available now at a UK MSRP of £2,599 inc. VAT.

For more information, go to Cabasse.

Further Reading: StereoNET Inteview with Frédéric Lebreton, the International Sales and Marketing Director of Cabasse

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Jay Garrett

StereoNET UK's Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He's captained the GadgetyNews good ship for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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