The Rock MKII is an incredibly accurate, critically acclaimed 2-way active mixing reference near-field monitor considered by many professionals to be the reference all others are measured by.
Designed for demanding audio professionals spanning a wide range of applications including tracking, mixing and critical mastering applications. The Rock is equally at home sat atop a large-format mixing console or in a high-end studio, a home studio or a mastering facility.
The Rock is equipped with a 100 watt discrete bi-polar low feedback amplifier with custom wound transformers designed by the amp guru Tim de Paravicini of Esoteric Audio Research. Dedicated LF and HF sections result in a very fast, clean and astoundingly accurate audio reproduction.
The Rock uses a 50KHz folded ribbon tweeter designed by ELAC. The 180mm woofer features a 0.2mm aluminum foil that is chemically bonded to a rigid pulp fiber cone. This seamless combination of drivers delivers a frequency response of 37Hz-38kHz +/- 3db, and incredible resolution and detail, and provides a microscopic view of any program material whilst remaining comfortable for long listening periods.
Unlike many near-field monitors the cabinet is a sealed enclosure that doesn’t rely on a resonate port to deliver it’s low-end performance. The advantage of this design philosophy is more accurate bass with better time domain performance and a gradual 12dB per octave roll off as opposed to a 24dB roll off with ported designs. The cabinet is made from 12mm, 9-ply Baltic Birch plywood. A front to rear bracing system is also incorporated to stop cabinet flexing. To add density, mass and rigidity the front baffle is manufactured from 12mm Corian and bonded to the 12mm ply baffle.
Rocks are ideal in a 2.1 or 5.1 system configuration when partnered with an Avalanche Sub-woofer.
Quite possibly the ultimate expression of a 2-way design, The Super Rock starts out as a Rock MKII and turns every detail up to eleven! We’ve anaylised every single component and parameter of The Rock in microscopic detail and challenged our designers to improve it whilst keeping the same 2-way design and convenient form factor. What they achieved is quite simply a landmark product that goes deeper, hits harder and retrieves even greater levels of resolution. Although at its heart it’s a 2-way it certainly Rocks like a miniature Boulder.
Starting with the drivers, we have increased the diameter of the bass driver up to 220mm, the same size as bigger brother, The Boulder. However our engineers didn’t just settle for using the exact same driver, they demanded a new specification specifically matched to The Super Rock’s smaller sealed cabinet. The 200mm SEAS custom aluminium woofer delivers amazing micro and macro-dynamics. The cone and the low loss rubber surround have been specifically designed to eliminate cone edge resonance and distortion typically associated with soft cones.
The same long, high temperature voice coil as The Boulder provides super low distortion and very high power handling capacity. The bass driver hands over seamlessly to an all-new Air Motion Transformer Tweeter from respected German manufacturer Mundorf. This has incredibly low distortion figures, excellent transient response and carefully considered dispersion characteristics that deliver seamless inter-driver coherence.
Super Rocks are ideal in a 2.1 or 5.1 system configuration when partnered with an Avalanche Sub-woofer or used as rears in a Boulder 5.1 surround system due to their highly consistent sonic signature.
To accommodate the large 220mm woofers the sealed cabinet uses Baltic Birch plywood and a huge 30mm Corian front baffle with large radius edges to reduce reflection and cabinet resonances.
The Boulders can be expanded with dedicated Boulder Bass Extenders or partnered with an Avalanche Sub-woofer to make a 2.1 or 5.1 system and can even be used with Rocks due to the consistent sonic signature.
The Boulder MKII 3-way active monitor redefines expected levels of sonic performance and is regarded as a truly world-class monitoring system. Like the critically acclaimed MKI model, the MKII’s boast a fast, accurate detailed sound and prodigious extended bass response, and deliver even greater levels of SPL to fit into any critical listening environment or scenario.
Regarded as easily rivaling many larger and more costly monitoring systems, The Boulders incorporate four discrete bi-polar low feedback amplifiers from The Rock MKII. With the power delivery of the custom Class A/B amplifier at their disposal, The Boulders deliver a life-like sense of scale and take any performance in their stride.
The Boulders are fitted with two 220mm SEAS custom Aluminum woofers that provide tremendous bass precision down to 32Hz and beyond. The unique coaxial mid-range tweeter driver works as a point source over 7 octaves and delivers linear amplitude and phase independent of frequency. This results in incredibly detailed, accurate imaging you can trust.
The Avalanche active sub-woofer is primarily designed to compliment our existing Rock and Boulder models, seamlessly transforming them into full range 3-way and 4-way systems and extending their low frequency performance down to an incredible 22Hz. It is also the perfect 2.1 or 5.1 partner in a surround-sound setup to The Rocks and Boulders.
The Avalanche uses a downward firing 300mm woofer, designed exclusively for heavy-duty sub-woofer applications. The input circuitry uses two balanced XLR inputs feeding Burr Brown op amps to maintain the best possible quality audio signal which passes through to the satellite speakers.
The Avalanche retains the sealed cabinet design approach but features a dual-chamber with an Aperiodic Vent. This delivers all the benefits of a sealed cabinet such as zero port noise and tight fast accurate bass reproduction. It also significantly increases the bass response available from a smaller cabinet design.
Two Unity Audio low frequency custom discrete Class A/B amplifiers running in parallel delivering an effortless 150 watts are mounted on rubber isolation mounts.
User controls consist of Level, 180-degree phase switch, bypass switch, and a switched rotary satellite crossover frequency selector. Two factory presets are provided for teaming up with The Rock or Boulder. In addition, both Low Pass 4th order filter and High Pass 2nd order filters can be set independently in Vari Mode. A bypass footswitch is also included to allow users to switch the sub-woofer in or out of circuit.
The B.A.B.E. transforms the existing 3-way Boulder into a true 4-way monitoring system. With flexible soffit mount or free-standing installation options, the system can be mounted horizontally or vertically. An optional free-standing plinth/spacer is also available.
The 4-way system extends SPL and frequency response.
The sealed cabinet is internally isolated to reduce vibration interference and uses a single 300mm driver with a 125mm voicecoil, designed exclusively to low frequency reproduction.
The system comprises two bass extension cabinets with their own rack mountable 750 watt class D amplifiers and speaker-management. All housed in separate rack mountable units that control all the audio routing, gain, cross-over management, optional EQ and Limiting.
With 4 balanced analogue inputs and 8 outputs with full matrix mixing capabilities, the Unity Audio BB-DSP gives the flexibility you need to control 2x B.A.B.E cabinets and Boulders, or even 4x B.A.B.E’s and Boulders for larger systems, or a L,C,R B.A.B.E/ Boulder for surround configurations. Compressors are available on every input as well as a high pass filter, 6 bands of parametric EQ and up to 1.3 seconds of delay.
Every output channel has high and low pass filters, 8 bands of parametric EQ, up to 1.3 seconds of delay as well as a new limiter designed to offer the best driver protection with the lowest distortion.
The B.A.B.E. uses an innovative 300mm woofer designed exclusively for sub and low frequencies. The driver employs a huge 130mm Hexatech external voice coil wound with a hexagonal-shaped aluminum coil wire (2-3 times thicker than standard woofers) for accurate music reproduction, superior durability and power handling. This driver delivers an extraordinary combination of audiophile musicality and high power handling.
The B.A.B.E. retains the same sealed cabinet approach used throughout the Unity Audio range. This design approach provides faster, tighter and more accurate linear bass reproduction and results in less phase rotation, reduced time domain ringing, lower group delay and a shallower roll-off slope than inferior ported designs. These characteristics make The B.A.B.E. a natural choice for all critical music applications.
The B.A.B.E. is suitable for all recording and mastering facilities and has been carefully designed to suit all environments and applications.
The system can be used free standing or soffit mounted in either horizontal or vertical configurations without compromising performance.