Falcon Acoustics GC6500R reference loudspeaker marries art and science

posted on Wednesday, 19th September 2018 by Steve May

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High-end performance and superior cosmetics are key attributes of the new Falcon GC6500R reference speaker, a flagship 3-way floorstander from the UK speaker and drive-unit developer. Distribution is through Karma-AV.

With advanced Graphene bass drivers, 2-inch horn-loaded midrange and ribbon tweeter, the specification is second to none.

The bass driver boasts a Falcon Sonaweave Graphene Enhanced Nano-Platelet cone. The use of Graphene allows the diaphragm to be 60 per lighter and thinner than those of conventional drivers, says the maker, with improved rigidity and improved damping.

“It was clear to us that the incorporation of Graphene into loudspeaker cone material could give major improvements in driver response times, enabling the use of significantly lighter cones with greater rigidity and inherently better damping,” says Falcon’s Jerry Bloomfield.

Extensive computer modelling led Falcon to choose an inverse Hypocycloid profile for the waveguide used by the GC6500R’s 2-inch dome horn-loaded midrange driver, which has been re-engineered in-house to give a significantly smoother response whilst reducing the already low distortion by a further 40 per cent.

The floorstander also employs a ribbon tweeter, modified to give an outstandingly smooth response.

The speaker’s spectacular cabinet is hand-made in Italy, using laminated 25mm MDF with an extra 9mm of damping throughout. The 38mm Alcantara covered baffle is engineered for minimal diffraction while the 18mm reinforced rear panel features Falcon-profiled heatsinks within a precision tooled back plate.

Finishes available include Walnut and Mahogany real wood veneers and, at a premium, exotic wood veneers or any customer-specified high gloss RAL colour. The GC6500’s smoked glass top is complemented by metal work made from precision-ground MIC6 Aluminium Cast Tool Plate.

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“With the GC6500 we wanted to show that a small British company can also make a big technological statement in speaker development,” adds Bloomfield. “We commend the innovation and no-compromise design engineering represented by our Reference model to fellow enthusiasts in the cause of sonic balance and greater transparency in music reproduction”.

The Falcon GC6500R Reference speaker will make its UK debut at The Hi Fi Show, Beaumont Estate Conference Centre, Old Windsor November 10-11.

The GC6500R retails for £18,995 (walnut and mahogany real wood veneers), £19,495 exotic real wood veneers), and £ 20,100 (custom RAL colours).

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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