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Richter - Merlin V


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Did you know that the Merlin V is Sound+Image Magazines 2017 Loudspeaker of the year under $1000? 


"Richter’s new Merlin V speakers sound bigger, better and more beautiful than I ever imagined a pair of small two-way speakers could sound. I can only repeat what I said earlier: their sound quality really blew me away. Do yourself a favour and have a listen, because I know you’ll agree." -  Ed Miles – Australian HiFi Magazine

The Bookshelf / Compact Loudspeaker Designer - Brad Serhan - the award wining designer of such classics like the Axis Voice Box S - the best bookshelf speaker we have ever heard at Len Wallis Audio. 

Brad’s Comments on Merlin and Mentor Design Brief: 

The design brief for the Richter ‘bookshelves’, was to ensure a high degree of musicality aka listening engagement. This engagement is associated with timing, coherence and ‘foot tapping’. In other words, they have to ‘haul you into the music’! 

 The key elements to this design brief included:
a. ‘musicality’ aka listening engagement. 
b. timing or coherence; ‘foot tapping’.
c. sound stage or a sense of the ‘acoustic space’ 
d. a low cabinet and driver noise floor 
e. a big natural dynamic sound / accuracy.
f. bass weight that belies their size.

In a sense, they also have to play the role of sonic illusionists demonstrating a big, natural, dynamic sound that belies their size and price. This is always a challenge but it’s also the fun part. This is where driver, crossover filter design and cabinet noise reduction techniques culminate in the final ‘musical sonic illusion’.

We feel the Richter Merlin / Mentor fulfils the Richter design philosophy of listening engagement expressed in the form of ‘musicality’.  

General Information
State of the art soft dome tweeter design: Richter's newly developed proprietary drivers proudly include our soft dome neodymium tweeter. This tweeter has been designed to provide exceptional off axis performance producing a lively and spacious sound stage with smooth soft dome musicality, and a response extending well outside the human hearing range.

New Bass - Midrange drivers: The new 5' and 6' sealed composite paper cone bass mid drivers combine the natural acoustic finesse of paper with the strength of modern fiber technology to produce a musical, efficient driver with the ideal damping characteristics giving your musical experience the edge, with the coherence and timing essential for that foot tapping, fully involving experience. These driver are both sensitive and rugged and true to style the new range produces rich deep and rhythmic bass energy. 

Crossover Design: The new crossover designs employ a series of low order crossovers, with a host of additions to finesse the harmony and timing of each driver to perfectly harmonise across the spectrum. These crossovers have been painstakingly designed with feedback from a large team of audio specialists across the country optimising all areas of acoustic performance, emotional vocals, an astonishingly vivid sound stage and a remarkably stable off axis response meaning that the speakers maintain their realism in a wide range of listening environments so that they sound as good at home as they do in the store.   

Cabinet and vents: The cabinets have been completely redesigned employing non parallel panels to reduce standing wave, comprehensive bracing positioned to minimise harmonics, double thickness rear and front baffle panels, and new high density internal damping  making these the most neutral and musical cabinets we have ever produced.

Speaker Type Vented 2-way Bookshelf
Impedance 6 Ohms
Frequency Response 55 Hz–25 KHz
Sensitivity 87 (dB/W/M)
Bass / Mid 105 mm (EPD*) sealed composite paper/fibre cone, inverted cap.
Tweeter 25mm soft dome, neodymium magnet.
Enclosure Bass reflex
Rec. Amplifier Power Home Theatre 50–150, Two-channel 15–150 WRMS
Dimensions 320H x 230D X 180W
Connector Dual Gold Plated Binding Posts (bi-wire capable)
Available Finishes Jarrah / Black Oak
Weight 6 KG each speaker
Mounting choices free-standing; 1/4” threaded insert for wall


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Address: 64 Burns Bay Road,
Lane Cove NSW 2066,
Telephone: (02) 9427 6755