An Artisanal Masterpiece of Acoustic Glory
The new diptyque DP160 MKII concentrates all our know -how for the design of high -end isodynamic speakers designed for the most demanding music lovers. This loudspeaker's mechanical structure is inherited in its entirety from our Reference model.
They are composed of two bass-medium cells operating according to our exclusive PPBM* principle, further optimized in 2022. They are calibrated in their tension in order to obtain a more extensive and linear bass.
The 65 cm long ribbon tweeter covers a large bandwidth to give the whole an incomparable consistency and natural sound.
We have imagined the DP160 MKIIs as "without compromise" speakers to make you live all the intensity of the concert in your living room. Listening to Diptyque Audio DP 160 MKII speakers will transport you to the most beautiful concert halls and make you feel the physical presence of the interpreters.
isodynamic acoustic panel
treble cell 65 cm high
2 x mid-bass cells
87 dB / 1 W / 1 m
30 Hz to 20 kHz
Recommended amplifier power
> 60 W
1600 x 473 x 42 mm
Choice of customization
160 RAL colors
Textile printed with your photos.
$ Call - special order
ABOUT OUR TECHNOLOGY
Passionate about quality sound reproduction for more than 30 years, we have listened to, compared and experienced all the speaker technologies existing on the market :
electrodynamics, high efficiency, electrostatic, ribbons in different forms, flat diaphragm speakers rigid… etc.
Each of these technologies have undeniable qualities, but we are convinced that the one that brings together the most advantages and allows music to be reproduced most naturally are isodynamic loudspeakers, also called Magnetostatic.
THE ADVANTAGES OF ISODYNAMIC TECHNOLOGY
Diffusion over a large area by plane wave, which allows for immersive listening without sound projection effect.
Dipole operation, on both sides of the speakers, to recreate the spatialization of the concert in your listening room.
The use of extremely thin mylar membranes (12µm) for high speed and no drag effect.
The same type of diaphragm used from bass to treble, everything works at the same speed which provides consistency in dynamic behavior across the spectrum.
No box behind the speaker; there is no "box sound" associated with the midrange buzz in the driver. The timbres of the voices and instruments are perfectly respected
Consistent, balanced and detailed listening even at low levels.
A regular impedance which does not represent a complex load on the amplifier.
High reliability over time, our speakers are not afraid of dust or humidity, they do not have a high voltage circuit.
EXCLUSIVE DIPTYQUE TECHNOLOGIES
The isodynamic technology well known to music lovers was developed in 1970 in the United States. Through our numerous tests and experiments, we have sought solutions to improve this technology and push back its limits, in particular for bass reproduction.
PPBM®: Push Pull Bipolar Magnet is an innovative patented architecture. The large section bipolar magnets, manufactured to specification, are located at the front and rear of the diaphragm. They make it possible to maintain the coil (aluminum tapes) in a constant magnetic field when the membrane moves, which is thus perfectly controlled. The bass is more dynamic and transient sounds are reproduced with precision. Listening to a grand piano is impressively realistic.
A Mechanical Sandwich Structure. Composed of the assembly of 3 different materials: MDF frame, fine felt and stamped sheets held in force by a mechanically welded steel frame. This structure is perfectly rigid and non-resonant, it is a mechanical reference which guarantees the absence of coloration and the respect of the timbres.
Proprietary ribbon tweeters. The ribbon is produced as an isodynamic cell (mylar film and aluminum coil). It moves in an intense magnetic field made from neodymium magnets. These tweeters operate over a wide frequency range and mate perfectly with isodynamic cells. A simple crossover (6 db per octave) allows a perfect fusion of the registers. The highs are soft, precise and spin high to give a sublime soundstage.
AN INNOVATION INTRODUCED IN 2023
In March 2020, during the first COVID 19 containment, everything stopped ... except for our imagination ! In this suspended time, we dreamed of an ultimate loudspeaker, one without compromise, capable of reproducing the entire spectrum from infra-bass to ultrasound with all the naturalness, speed and transparency that only isodynamic technology is capable of reproducing with perfect consistency. As a sign of providence, during that same time, we received a phone call from Philippe Teissier du Cros, a fabulous sound engineer who has been practicing his art for many years with our favorite musicians. We asked him to accompany us in this ambitious project ... a request which he responded to with enthusiasm !
The specifications for the Diptyque Reference were born out of our many questions and passionate exchanges. We questioned and challenged all the existing technical solutions, with a particular desire to obtaining powerful and controlled low frequencies down to the infra-bass. Our research and innovation work led us to develop a totally new technology that we have now patented : The "Crossed Push Pull" driver topology
Here, each bass cell is driven by two independent coils (set of ribbons), one vertical and one horizontal. This exclusive technology allows the 12 µm mylar membrane to be set in vibration by hundreds of small square motors. The "crossed push-pull" technology allows to control the vibrations of the membrane without deformation. This guarantees very linear low frequencies, without distortion and with much greater efficiency than existing isodynamic systems.
At the end of 2022, and after a very successful introduction of our Reference, it became evident that the lessons gained from its development absolutely had to be transferred to our DP-140 and DP-160 models ... and this is now a reality with the arrival of the DP-140 Mk2 in early 2023 and the planned introduction of the DP-160 Mk2 in September of 2023.
So, what have the reviewers been saying ... so far ?
HIGH QUALITY REVIEW EXTRACTS
Haute Fidelite/ France
With the dp160 AB all the extraordinary natural qualities of the midrange of the "non-active" dp160 are preserved, but the Active Bass (AB) adds what is required to extend the lower registers and to render the image even more credible, by delivering a bass that is sufficiently powerful and realistic. The aptitudes of definition and transparency of the dp160, however, require a fairly powerful amplifier to cope with the rather low sensitivity, but this does not necessarily mean an "expensive amplifier".
On "Ofrecer Mi Corazon" by Jacinta, the sensuality and the expressiveness of the voice, and the tiny vocal inflections are obvious, and offer incomparable realism. The accordion develops its powerful breath and the scale of the instrument is credible.
The contribution of the Active Bass is significant on orchestral and organ pieces such as Les Messes retrouvées by Jehan Titelouz where the space is masterfully rendered in all its dimensions and reverberations. Free from a conventional box sound, the realism of the organ is expressed with great serenity. The creatively rendered percussion of Christian Ville are a real discovery : we were amazed by the agility of the Diptych, its impressive tonal palette free of distortion, and its alacrity in translating microdynamics.
To truly experience the effectiveness of the active bass, just listen to the
"Les Chameaux" track. The "nature" of the bass register here is different from what can be obtained with a large diameter driver loudspeaker, but the extremely low layers descend low thanks to the dp160's large emissive surface... and does this without breaking up timbral nuances in the low-to-mid frequency range.
Thanks to the Active Bass, the dp160 extends deeper into the extreme low frequency register, while maintaining its unique qualities in the mid range and the perfectly integrated and natural treble. This equilibrium is achieved without difficulty and provides immense musical satisfaction. The design offers latitude for fine tuning room response.
Based on what we experienced with the dp160/AB, Diptyque's future developments of active panels dedicated to the bass restitution offer much promise.
Please note that the all of the critical sonic characteristics of the dp140 are carried forward into the dp160. To learn about what these characteristics are, please read the reviews and the descriptive provided in our dp140 page ... [here].
Essentially, the dp160 is a larger version of the dp140 that was designed to "scale" the capabilities to meet the requirement of larger room sizes and volumes.
To further augment performance and listening pleasure, Diptyque offers two additional upgrade options ... the Signature Crossover which uses ultimate-class components, and factory-modified bass drivers that are powered by high-power amplifiers designed, voiced, and supplied by Diptyque to maximize bass the dp160's response.
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