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Introducing Our No-Compromise High-Performance Mini-Monitor

New Klippel NFS optimized version!

With the continuing success of our remarkable Sierra-2/2EX speakers, it was our goal to take that level of performance and offer it in a stunningly beautiful yet surprisingly tiny cabinet.

Featuring a custom RAAL true ribbon tweeter and our exclusive 4.5" SEAS Curv™ woofer all combined in our remarkable low resonance layered bamboo cabinet.

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LUNA V2 MINI-MONITOR DESCRIPTION

 

Our new V2 version has been fully optimized using advanced 360-degree Klippel NFS measurements. These optimizations provide significant overall performance improvements, specifically in the area of reducing/eliminating port resonance, enhancing and improving overall directivity, and providing more accurate tonality.

With the major success and continual overwhelmingly positive customer feedback for our Sierra-2 speakers, we began heavy research into seeing what we could achieve in trying to offer that level of performance in a much smaller and more placement-versatile speaker.

It was an easy decision to use the same custom RAAL ribbon tweeter used in our Sierra-2, but we needed a woofer that would provide similar dynamics and performance to the exceptional woofer we use in our Sierra-2, only it needed to be quite a bit smaller. Our requirements were simple, but yet nothing existed, at least not just yet.

Much like with the development of the Sierra-2 woofer, and taking full advantage of our relationship with SEAS of Norway, the process began. We quickly learned that woofer design becomes exponentially more difficult as size decreases. We went through more prototypes for this woofer than we have for any other transducer we have ever had made for us. After slightly over a year, and just when we thought we were going to have to take a different approach – SEAS nailed it.

Combined with an advanced crossover and all housed into a stunningly beautiful FEA and advanced 3d CAD designed Made-In-The-USA layered bamboo cabinet, these speakers beg to be both heard and seen!

The Luna has exceptionally wide and linear horizontal dispersion thus it presents a shockingly large and enveloping soundstage, even in large rooms. Its performance belies its small size in such a way that in our many public auditions of the Luna’s, listeners continually throw out comments stating “these speakers sound so much bigger than they are”.

Hand assembled, tested and packaged in the USA, we are so confident of the component and build quality of the Luna that we are backing it by a comprehensive 7 year parts & labor warranty. Left / right pairs are matched by hand to within ± 1dB and we are including a printout of the actual production line response measurements of each speaker.

We dare say it, but you simply can not find this type of quality control, care and pride from products that are fully assembled and tested in overseas manufacturing facilities.

We must warn you though, once you have heard what these RAAL true ribbon tweeters are capable of, there simply is no turning back...

We thank you for your interest!

LUNA V2 MINI-MONITOR FEATURES

 

  • All Luna are hand assembled, tested and packaged at our factory in Orange County, CA.
  • A serialized production line frequency response measurement is included with each speaker.
  • 7 year manufacturer's warranty + 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

Cabinet:

  • Unique slot port damping system provides dramatic reductions in port resonance and noise.
  • Exclusive 3-ply vertically laminated bamboo cabinet construction dramatically reduces cabinet resonance for a cleaner, more detailed, and transparent performance.
  • Cabinet is a stunningly beautiful natural hardwood finish, there are no veneers and as such, no need to be concerned about peeling veneers or wraps or veneer cracks.
  • Cabinet is fully environmentally friendly as the bamboo we source is a completely renewable resource.

Woofer:

  • Fully custom manufactured by SEAS of Norway to our specifications and exclusive to Ascend Acoustics.
  • Long-throw design for high power handling and extended bass.
  • Exceptionally large magnet system combined with symmetrical driving force.
  • Specially designed high loss natural rubber surround to improve damping and resonance control, critical for smaller cones.
  • SEAS’s exclusive SpiderRing® technology improves suspension alignment for higher long term reliability, improved power handling and improved mechanical linearity.
  • Injection molded cast frame for a stiffer basket frame combined with large windows allowing for less material behind the woofer cone reducing back-wave reflections for enhanced detail, better airflow and less cavity resonance.
  • Vented pole-piece and open spider for enhanced air-flow and cooling, minimizing compression artifacts.
  • SEAS Curv™ cone technology that is extremely low mass, stiff, and provides exceptional self-damping providing greater detail while remaining smooth with no harsh cone break-up modes.

Tweeter:

  • Fully custom true ribbon tweeter manufactured by RAAL in Serbia to our specifications.
  • True ribbon tweeter has no voice coil, the pure aluminum ribbon is the only electrical conductor and the only moving part.
  • Extremely low moving mass design, typically less than 1/50th the mass of a dome tweeter, enabling near instantaneous acceleration / deceleration, and no stored energy all combined to provide near perfect transient reproduction.
  • Class-leading horizontal dispersion width provides a huge soundstage and precise imaging.
  • High powered neodymium magnets in a unique homogenous design (equal strength magnetic field throughout the entire ribbon area) provides lower distortion and less stress on the ribbon diaphragm.
  • Critically damped rear chamber to absorb the back wave of the ribbon diaphragm, improving frequency response linearity and overall transparency.

Crossover:

  • Klippel NFS optimization for enhanced directivity, accurate tonality and improved driver integration.
  • Dual layer design separating the tweeter network from the woofer network.
  • Metallized polypropylene capacitors in the direct signal path.
  • Air-core inductors in the direct signal path.

LUNA V2 MINI-MONITOR SPECIFICATIONS

 

Typical In-Room Frequency Response 60Hz - 27kHz
Typical In-Room Sensitivity 86.5dB @ 2.83v / 1 meter
Nominal Impedance 8 ohms
Max Continuous Power* 100 watts
Max Short Term Peak Power* 200 watts
Cabinet Detail Exclusive V-LAM™ construction featuring 20mm thick vertically laminated bamboo, internally braced. Bass reflex via flared front slot port with our exclusive slot port damping system. Fully magnetic speaker grille with no visible mounting parts
Tweeter Custom made RAAL true ribbon tweeter featuring a 10mm wide pure aluminum ribbon with a total moving mass of less than 1/100th of a gram
Woofer Proprietary 4.5” long-throw dual compliant Curv™ woofer, non-resonant cast frame, SEAS SpiderRing® technology, vented pole-piece and vented spider. Custom manufactured for us by SEAS of Norway and exclusive to Ascend Acoustics
Connections (2) gold plated all metal 5 way binding posts
Inserts Integrated keyhole bracket + 1/4-20 threaded insert for simple mounting to wall or brackets
   
Bass Extension (-6dB) 67Hz
Anechoic Frequency Response 80Hz - 27kHz +/- 3dB
Anechoic Sensitivity 83.5dB @ 2.83v / 1 meter
   
Dimensions H x W x D** 10.625" x 5.75" x 6.0"
Speaker Weight (each) 9 pounds
Shipping Weight (pair) 21 pounds
   
Minimum Recommended Power At Listening Position for Specific Speaker Distances
3 Feet or Less 4 watts minimum
9 Feet or Less 37 watts minimum
15 Feet or Less 96 watts minimum
21 Feet or More not recommended
   
     *Unclipped peaks      **Grille On

LUNA V2 MINI-MONITOR MEASUREMENTS

 

* All measurements below follow CEA-2034 standards and were taken using our Klippel NFS.

 

Luna V2 CEA-2034

 

Luna V2 PIR

 

Luna V2 Early Reflections

 

Luna V2 Contour Plot Horizontal

 

Luna V2 Beamwidth Horizontal

 

Luna V2 Contour Plot Vertical

 

Luna V2 SPL Horizontal

 

Luna V2 Impedance and Phase

 

Luna V2 Off-Axis PIR

*Note: Our exclusive Off-Axis Estimated In-Room Response measurement is a critical performance metric. It is an accurate comparison of the differences a listener should expect to hear sitting at different off-axis angles from the speaker; on-axis, +/- 10 degrees horizontally, +/- 20 degrees horizontally and +/- 30 degrees horizontally.

This is a modern and more accurate prediction of in-room speaker performance at different listening angles compared to a simple off-axis measurement graph. This measurement graph accounts for both direct sound and indirect sound and requires thousands of individual off-axis measurements that are then processed through complex algorithms to derive the results. In comparison, an off-axis measurement is just a single response measurement that does not account for the actual directivity of the speaker and is not representative of what we actually hear.

This measurement clearly shows the remarkable off-axis response of the Luna. There is less than 1/4dB of deviation between the different off-axis positions and this is based on accepted science determining what the listener will hear from this speaker in a typical listening environment.

LUNA V2 MINI-MONITOR SUMMARY

 

The Luna’s versatility is unmatched, crossed at 80Hz and used with a sub, they make terrific mains sounding nearly identical to our Sierra-2/2EX. The Luna’s are the perfect surround speaker with any of our ribbon speakers as fronts, or for someone seeking the ultimate desktop monitor. Using the integrated mounting hardware, the Luna’s become the perfect on-wall speaker.

The Luna combines extraordinary dynamics, realism, spaciousness, transparency and detail while doing so with such finesse and refinement that there is never a hint of harshness. Although bass is limited, it is impressive for a speaker this size and there are no issues running them full range. Music and home theater simply sound more realistic, providing a more satisfying emotional connection. We must warn you though, once you have heard what these true ribbon tweeters are capable of, there simply is no turning back...

LUNA V2 MINI-MONITOR PAIR

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