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CES2021: PerListen Audio Makes U.S. Debut

Shows its flagship tower speaker and a subwoofer.

Perlisten Audio, a new audio company founded by a team of industry professionals, has made its U.S. debut at the virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021 with two tower speakers, one center channel, and three subwoofers in the North American market.

PerListen Audio’s CES introductions include its flagship tower speaker, S7t, and D212s subwoofer.

S7t Tower

The reference S7t tower speaker (SRP: $7500/each and up, depending upon choice of veneer) serves as a prime example of the company’s ground-up approach to speaker design. According to the company, as the world’s first THX Certified Dominus speaker, the four-way S7t is the missing link between large home AV speakers and full-size models created for leading movie theaters across the globe.

With all drivers designed by the company’s U.S.-based engineering team, rooms up to 6500 cubic feet of space and 20 feet of distance between the screen and main seating area will achieve THX Reference Level sonics. Likewise, in 2-channel systems, the S7t completes the in-studio experience with a naturally wide soundstage that puts the listener in the 10th row center seat of an acoustically precise concert hall.

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The S7t achieves the goal of total harmonic distortion (THD) rated below .5% at 90 dB listening levels, and distortion limits at 120 dB SPL.

PerListen’s patent-pending Directivity Pattern Control (DPC) waveguide is centered by three 28mm “beamforming” tweeters to control vertical and horizontal dispersion. A beryllium tweeter with expanded bandwidth to 40 kHz and a rear absorption chamber reduce internal reflections to the bare minimum. The company’s S series models share a similar array, benefitting from a timbre matching technique utilizing beryllium and advanced carbon fiber.

Four 7-inch bass drivers with TeXtreme carbon fiber cones that are up to 30 percent lighter than standard carbon fiber while increasing the strength through the stacking of multiple layers.

D212s Subwoofer

As the reference subwoofer in PerListen audio’s debut selection, the D212s (SRP: $5500 and up, depending upon choice of veneer) is flexible and powerful, with equal emphasis on power output and ultra-low distortion, low frequency reproduction.

The company employs Advanced FEA (finite element analysis) to reach PerListen Audio’s high level of optimization requirements to create two 12-inch woofers with 60mm peak linear excursion. Proprietary carbon fiber drivers produce extreme levels of bass without sacrificing total harmonic distortion (THD).

The D212s epitomizes flexibility through its array of balanced and unbalanced inputs, a high-performance 3 kW amplifier with 32-bit ARM four-core processor with 48-bit data path DSP, and a push-pull design that cancels second-order harmonics to further reduce distortion. By using PerListen’s app, consumers and installers can fine tune-up eight of the company’s subwoofers.

Like the S7t tower speaker, the D212S is THX Certified Dominus.

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