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Usher Debuts The Be-718 Tiny Dancers Featuring Beryllium Tweeters

by May 04, 2007
Usher BE-718

Usher BE-718

Newest Addition To Be Beryllium Dancer Series

Experience The Be-718s at the Home Entertainment Show

Room 1507 in New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, May 11th through the 13th

Usher Audio speakers and electronics are built for the experienced listener who won't compromise on sound quality even at moderate prices. The spectacular stand-mounted Be-718s--the Tiny Dancers with Huge Presence--features Ushers’ own 1.5-inch Be beryllium dome tweeters and carbon-impregnated paper-cone midbass drivers.

The Be-718s effortlessly fill even medium-large rooms with impressive musical dynamics; the integration, speed and clarity of its drivers are exceptional. Expansive, quick upper frequencies are redolent with harmonics for rendering female vocals or the quick shimmer of brass. A fast, open and seductive midrange caps deep, taut, powerful and tuneful bass.

Our beautifully engineered Be tweeters uncover low-level details usually lost in the noise floor of less resolving speakers. The esteemed Dr. Joseph D’Appolito serves as Usher’s technical consultant, providing guidance in crossover design. The result is suave, elegantly powerful, transparent sound from beautifully-crafted and lustrously-finished cabinets at very affordable real-world prices.

The Be-718s, like all Usher speakers, are produced with skill and pride in an ultra-modern factory in Taiwan with great attention to manufacturing efficiency and productivity, turning out beautifully-crafted speaker systems incorporating advanced technologies like the Be beryllium midrange drivers found in the floorstanding Dancer Be-10 and Be-20 along with our superbly-engineered beryllium tweeters.

Take The Usher Challenge! Audition The Be-718s And Just Try To Convince Yourself They’re Only About $2,500/pr!

For The Technically Inquisitive:

Beryllium Domes and Usher’s Drivers

Usher has been producing speakers in Taiwan for more than thirty years, and makes a number of specialized in-house drivers featuring Be beryllium ceramic diaphragms. These are created by heating beryllium formers to greater than 700 degrees, transforming them into brittle but extremely high-strength beryllium oxide. This ceramic’s enormous strength-to-weight ratio pushes the Be dome tweeter's transient response to an extraordinary level while minimizing distortion as no fabric-dome can claim.

The Be tweeters’ upper-frequency response is extremely focused and dynamic, but full-bodied, grain- and glare-free. Some manufacturers run their beryllium tweeters above 30kHz because they can, but research with the standard-setting Klippel R&D System (http://www.klippel.de/) that dynamically measures non-linear motion clearly shows that running beryllium tweeters out to almost 40kHz causes break-up distortion. Usher’s Be tweeter operates up to 30kHz eliminating the dual resonance points most beryllium tweeters are saddled with.

As a cost-cutting measure some manufacturers specify a voice coil that’s smaller than the dome it drives, but that creates resonance and distortion. Usher uses a full 1.5-inch voice coil driving the diaphragm close to its outer edge for better control, higher velocity, and power without break-up distortion.

Symme-Motion® Technology Explained

Usher’s Symme-Motion® technology--applied to all Usher drivers--symmetrically locates the voice coil within each driver’s magnetic field “linearizing” the motor’s movements. That is to say, when applying positive voltage to the cone moving it outwards, it moves backward in an exactly symmetrical way when presented with the same negative voltage. Symme-Motion® ensures the voice coil remains exactly centered within the magnetic field.

Usher ensures optimal symmetry and linearity for an amazing lifelike sound as individual drivers and paired speakers are closely toleranced to within 0.2dB sensitivity for stereo pairs before we’ll let you have them! They arrive at your door tuned to image beautifully and make music!

Another element of Usher’s driver designs are the selection of materials and the design of the supporting basket or spider. Without careful engineering the baskets may act like springs and cause non-linearities in the output. Even the driver surrounds are designed to absorb vibrations that might otherwise reflect back into the cone resulting in further non-linearities.

For more information, visit: http://www.usheraudiousa.com

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billnchristy posts on May 05, 2007 20:43
Tony Danzas?
Yamahaluver posts on May 05, 2007 04:18
So Usher does what Yamaha did 40 years back.

Guess the oldest music related company was on the right track.
Csmith posts on May 04, 2007 19:56
beryllium is about as good of a material as you can get unless u get up to the Diamond B&W tweeters. There ultra hard and lightweight. As long as the box has proper bracing, size and crossover it should sound great.
Clint DeBoer posts on May 04, 2007 13:42
“Hold me close now Tiny Dancers…” sorry.
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