The Ovator loudspeaker is the first high-end loudspeaker to employ the radical BMR driver. Its stunningly natural sound has to be heard to be believed.
The Ovator loudspeaker represents another 'first' for Naim. The design is the first high-end loudspeaker to employ a Balanced Mode Radiator. This clever device covers the audio spectrum from 380Hz upwards to beyond the limits of human perception, which means that, unlike conventional loudspeakers, it has no crossover right in the middle of the critical voice region to affect its performance.
This speaker sounds wonderfully natural whether it is reproducing the biggest bass drum or the tiniest triangle.
Beginning with the S-600 and now joined by the S-400 and flagship S-800, the Ovator Range is the result of a five-year development programme and represents both a remarkable new expression of proven Naim speaker engineering and a technological advance that, quite literally, recasts the accepted ground rules of electro-acoustics.
The Ovator full range loudspeaker range is available in five finishes: Cherry, Black Zebrano and Rosewood. The S-800 is available in Gloss Rosewood and Caron Fibre only. As a result, there is a finish for the elegantly curved enclosures that will blend with any room, regardless of whether your home décor is traditional or ultra modern.
*Please note due to the nature of wood, actual finishes may vary slightly to those photographed.
Constructed on the rigid foundation of a pressure die-cast aluminium plinth, the Ovator S-400, S-600 and S-800 comprise visually stunning leaf-spring decoupled enclosures fitted with two custom designed rigid paper cone bass drivers.
Located above the bass drivers, within nested and decoupled enclosures, is a uniquely advanced Balanced Mode Radiator. The Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drive unit reproduces the full bandwidth from the low midrange crossover point to well above audibility with a flat frequency response, minimal distortion and consistently wide dispersion.
Encasing all of this, each stunning Ovator curved-panel enclosure is an outstanding example of contemporary aesthetic industrial design. The form is striking yet subtle and with four real wood and one solid colour finishes available, it integrates effortlessly into domestic settings of any style.
Music played from the Ovator is a revelation. The uncoloured, detailed and natural coherence of the Balanced Mode Radiator combines with the rhythmic clarity and accuracy of the twin bass driver system endlessly to reveal previously unheard musical details and insight. Stereo imagery and recorded ambience are portrayed with scale and depth that remains consistent across the listening room, and with either Ovator model, an entire music collection becomes new again.
The speaker is the point at which recorded music leaves the world of electronics and becomes real. With the Ovator, the reality is a musical experience that sounds live and real.
The outwardly simple and graceful enclosure conceals a wealth of sophisticated, advanced engineering and innovative design to ensure that the performance of the Ovator is as exciting as its appearance is refined.
The Balanced Mode Radiator is housed in a dedicated isolating chamber to guarantee that the rear output of no other drive unit can impair or colour its performance. Similarly, the specially designed bass drivers each inhabit their own separate internal enclosures that provide optimal loading so that each unit will deliver the desired performance.
Scrupulous attention to detail can be seen even within the die-cast plinth that supports the enclosure through a de-coupling steel leaf spring. The plinth houses the crossover unit and the floor-spikes, which can be adjusted for convenient and precise setting-up.
Ovator crossover networks are housed within the plinth and divide the audio signal between bass drivers and BMR with fourth order acoustic slopes at 380Hz in the case of the S-600 and 700Hz in the case of the S-400. Each component selection is the result of intense technical analysis and significant listening, and the component arrangement is fundamentally informed by the layout and earthing techniques developed for Naim Audio power amplifiers . A crossover module suspension system and individual component decoupling ensures any chance of microphony is minimised.
Conversion to either bi-amp or tri-amp active drive is easily achieved through removal of the crossover module*.
Just as much as it is BMR technology, it is the fine detail and the sum of the parts – the result of decades of speaker experience and development – that make the Ovator range so remarkable..
*Please note that the S-400 active crossover is not yet available.
The Ovator Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) is the result of many years of intense effort in both development and manufacture. Not only does the design of such a driver demand great intellectual understanding, but consistent manufacture requires extraordinarily fine specification and control of the physical characteristics of its components.
The underlying concept of the BMR is to engineer a practical implementation of the theoretically wide bandwidth and linear acoustic output of an unconstrained vibrating diaphragm. In practice, this is achieved by attaching balancing masses to a constrained diaphragm in carefully calculated locations. Such “mode balancing” modifies the diaphragm’s vibrational behaviour so that it simultaneously operates in pistonic and vibrational modes to generate wide-bandwidth acoustic output with a flat frequency response, consistent dispersion and low distortion.
Thanks both to the BMR’s exceptional inherent performance and to the absence of any mid/high frequency crossover discontinuity, it takes just a moment’s listening to appreciate the Ovator breakthrough levels of musical coherence, timing and clarity.