Flare Audio Zero - High end recycling
Flare Audio has announced Zero, a new luxury loudspeaker.
Not only does the Flare Audio Zero look like nothing else currently on the market, but it also uses 100% recyclable materials for its enclosures.
Furthermore, Zero is customisable across sixteen colours.
Zero uses recycled paper in the fabrication of its exterior. This makes it an eco-friendly choice for those seeking to enhance their green credentials, while also impressing on both audio and design.
By clamping layers of 2mm thick recycled paper between solid, milled aluminium slabs, the paper becomes as rigid as concrete. Additionally, there is no acoustic wadding in the speaker, which could damage sound purity. Finally, there is no need for electronic correction (EQ), according to Flare.
Those layers of rigid paper sheets form hundreds of vortices. Acting like tiny sieves, these vortices encompass the driver, trapping sound but letting air through to release pressure slowly. Flare states that this enables the driver to move freely.
The result, we're informed, is crystal clear, accurate sound reproduction, without distortion or unwanted effects that result from traditional speaker designs.
Appearing as a series of 'floating' circles, Zero is a modular loudspeaker consisting of three speakers – 8.1, 12 and 21. The speakers are collectively available in different models that can be deployed in limitless formations. You can either use them in individual components or in full stereo configurations.
On the rear of the Zero 8.1 model, a wall mount option and diamond-shaped 'swords' allow the loudspeaker to be stacked uniquely and elegantly.
Also, optional feet enable the Zero 12 or Zero 8.1 models to be shelf-mounted individually.
Being able to customise the design makes Zero unique to work with from a visual as well as audio perspective. Colour schemes, corporate branding and the feel of a room can all be supported and enhanced using Zero's unique customisation. Perhaps some StereoNET orange Zeros are in order?
Flare creator and CEO, Davies Roberts, told StereoNET:
With Zero, I was on a mission to produce the perfect loudspeaker that wouldn't harm ears and wouldn't harm the planet. The world needs to look at how we can produce new technologies with natural fibres. We use an English paper mill which makes the greyboard from recycled paper. This is then stamped into vortices. Waste is sent back to the paper mill, creating a perfect synergy and zero waste. The metal plates are machined from solid plates of aluminium. Any waste from the machining process is recycled, again allowing zero waste.
This new version of the original Project Zero speaker, first released four years ago in inch-thick aluminium at a price point of £250,000, can now be obtained for less than a tenth of that price.
Moreover, this is as a result of Flare's determination to make an eco-friendly model at a competitive price point. This makes Zero ideal for use in clubs, bars, hotels, offices, home and professional cinema applications and other domestic environments.
Finally, there is also a Zero amp.
This eight output channel amplifier offers a combination of power and audio performance integrated with unique DSP.
Over designed high capacity power supplies ensure the full power specification can be delivered into 2 ohms with all channels driven while remaining highly efficient.
Price and availability
Available to order direct from Flare Audio and from Selfridges & Co, London, in-store.
Flare Zero component pricing starts at £1999 for a single Zero 8.1 with full Zero systems ranging from £9,999 for a Zero System 1 through to the full system 3 at £19,999.
- 8.1 - 290.5mm x 190mm
- 12B - 425mm x 190mm
- 21 - 735mm x 365mm
- 8.1 LF/HF - 96/104 dB @ 1w @ 1m
- 12B - 96 dB 1 W @ 1 m @ 2π
- 21 - 98 dB 1 W @ 1 m @ ZN
- 8.1 LF/HF - 250/50 W AES
- 12 - 700 W AES
- 21 - 1600 W AES
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