The Argus is a “Mastering reference” class loudspeaker that has the ability to accurately reproduce all genres of music up to the live sound level of the respective instruments. It has no preference for a particular genre. Its response covers the full range of human hearing, both with respect to frequency, as well as sound volume. The high power handling ensures lack of compression when playing at live sound levels.
It is hand built from premium components, with meticulous attention to detail at every step of the process.
The Argus is definitely enabling my dream come true – to be able to hit the Play button and be magically transported in time and space to the place where the recording took place, and to experience it in its full glory.
Let me start by clarifying why I decided to build this loudspeaker. The Analog Domain brand (AD for brevity below) is well known for its state of the art electronics. In fact, I would never build a “me too” product just for the sake of having it in the portfolio. Every single one of AD’s products is a leader in its class, bringing superior performance based on radically better technology than what can be found in the “mainstream”. Period.
Obviously, in my work I need a set of true reference, no compromise loudspeakers, that would reveal every little detail in the music played. Looking at what the market had to offer was saddening – generally mediocre performance at premium prices, most of the cost going into cabinet appearance and “brand value”, with a handful of exceptions. I had to choose between sound quality and output capacity.
Few people know that before establishing the AD brand, I was building all kinds of custom systems – monitors for recording studios, high output systems for clubs and PA, etc. For over 25 years…
So, there you have it. Since there was nothing on the market that would satisfy all my requirements, the only way ahead was to roll up my sleeves and build one. I do realize that adding a loudspeaker to the AD portfolio will discourage many potential partners, as they now see me as a competitor, but so what? I’m not in this business to please anyone else except my customers. Dear “speaker guys”, here’s a real reference for all you to measure up to and exceed. Good luck
There is no “one size fits all” when voicing of a speaker is concerned. As no two rooms are the same, some control of the frequency response is desirable. Subtle level changes have a very noticeable effect on the overall tonal balance as they affect several octaves. Controls are provided on the rear panel of the Argus to allow adjustment the tonal balance to the room acoustics and personal preference.
Rotary switches with clear marking provide the user with the ability to adjust the level of the midrange and tweeter, in five steps covering -1 dB to +1 dB each, relative to the flat response.