Solitaire S
Loudspeakers

Solitaire S
Loudspeakers

The history of the Solitaire name can be traced back over 35 years: since the 1980’s this term has been a byword for our accumulated competence in the field of transducers. The Solitaire S speakers continue this heritage, and link our loudspeakers even more closely to a particular independent bearer of the Solitaire name: our range of headphones. In terms of technology as well as nomenclature the two series of equipment are very closely related: as with all Solitaire P headphone models, the Solitaire S floor-standing loudspeakers exploit the magnetostatic principle.

In the Solitaire P headphones the entire sound transducer is magnetostatic, whereas the Solitaire speakers utilise this principle only in the treble range: they use two special drivers which are a completely new development, replacing the electrostatic treble units of the preceding series. The models of the S 530 and S 540 are based on the cylinder wave principle, whereas the S 430 make use of our Symmetric Directivity System. Shared by all Solitaire speakers is their amazing combination of musical enthusiasm and audiophile resolution, analytical ability and fine dynamics.

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Concept

Loudspeakers are subject to a large number of external influences. The smallest idiosyncrasies in their design can be amplified by room influences in such a way that sound quality is made perceptibly worse. Reflections of the radiated sound from ceilings, floors and walls are a particular problem, as they can result in interference effects and delays which have a very harmful effect on the speakers’ imaging characteristics, transient handling and tonality. For this reason our Solitaire speakers feature several key technologies which enable them effectively to reduce these influences. The Solitaire S 430 uses a unique mid-range / treble arrangement to minimise such effects, while the S 530 and S 540 neutralise the problem with our even more complex cylinder wave technology.


All units in the Solitaire series are equipped with our unique magnetostatic treble drive units: the Mag50, driven by ten magnets in two rows, and the Mag850, whose 85cm length is driven by 64 magnets. Both designs generate a precisely linear magnetic field. The result are enormous dynamic range and high peak sound pressures, combined with impressive linearity and freedom from distortion. The refined design of the Mag50 and Mag850 combine the sonic performance of electrostats with the simple usability of dynamic systems.
The cones of the mid-range  and bass drivers are made of embossed aluminium, making them particularly stiff and light in weight. The result is not only a highly linear frequency response, but also superb dynamic and transient characteristics; this is essential for their interplay with the extremely fast magnetostats.
The Solitaire S speakers are equipped with very complex, double-sided Fast Signal Response (FSR) three-way crossover units. These extraordinary crossovers play a crucial part in the outstanding imaging and dispersion characteristics of the system as a whole.

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Design and Construction

The introduction of the Solitaire S loudspeakers also marks the debut for a new T+A design language. After almost forty years of “timeless reduction” the new Solitaire speakers are the first T+A products to be based on the new maxim of “classic modernity”, which incorporates modern style elements and ideas, but re-interprets them in a timelessly classical framework.
As a homage to the speakers which were their direct predecessors, all Solitaire loudspeakers feature an aluminium baffle machined from solid metal. This is enormously strong, and  working together with the cabinet is the reason for the units’ outstanding dispersion characteristics. The baffle gives the Solitaire an indefinable presence in the listening room, while its gently curved cabinet form creates a harmonious link between the technically sober Bauhaus-style front panel and a cabinet design inspired by Art Deco. This excitingly different shape makes an ingenious contribution to concealing the speakers’ actual external dimensions: their substantial internal volume of up to 120 litres is the key to their impressively natural ultra-deep bass reproduction, whilst their carefully sculpted shape and lines give them an elegant aesthetic.

The solid cabinets are manufactured from high-density MDF, with multiple braces and stiffening elements, and are totally resonance-free. All external surfaces are assembled in a sophisticated multi-lamination process and feature a high-gloss finish. The refinement of the internal construction is matched in every respect by the speakers’ external appearance: the independent airtight chambers for the bass and mid-range drivers, the partition walls which suppress cabinet sound, and the separate magnetostat housings with bevelled back panels - all these features exemplify the perfection, solidity and durability which are the epitome of the T+A brand.

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Technical Highlights

Solitaire S 430

Floor-standing speaker

Tweeter
Mag50 In-house magnetostat
Sonic dispersion
Symmetric Directivity System featuring two midrange drivers and a planar tweeter
Baffle
All-aluminium
Drivers
Chassis with StarStabalizer membranes and FSR cross-over unit

Solitaire S 530

Floor-standing speaker

Tweeter
Mag850 high performance in-house magentostat
Sonic dispersion
Cylinder Wave Technology featuring Line Source tweeter and Line Array midrange
Bass system
DualBass System
Baffle
All-aluminium
Drivers
Chassis with StarStabalizer membranes and FSR cross-over unit

Solitaire S 540

Floor-standing speaker

Tweeter
Mag850 high performance in-house magentostat
Sonic dispersion
Cylinder Wave Technology featuring Line Source tweeter and Line Array midrange
Bass system
2 x DualBass System
Baffle
All-aluminium
Drivers
Chassis with StarStabalizer membranes and FSR cross-over unit