The Carbon was originally introduced in 1997 and like the Borderland, is another long running German Physiks success story. The Carbon Mk IV uses a carbon fibre cone DDD driver with an updated crossover and a new carbon fibre reinforced cabinet and achieves a level of resolution and dynamics unrivalled in a system of this size. This together with its hallmark musicality and three dimensional stereo imaging should ensure that the Carbon Mk IV will continue to set the standard in its class.
The Carbon Mk IV uses a single 12 inch woofer of the same type used in our prestige Loreley model. This is coupled with a Helmholtz resonator and produces clean and well controlled bass down to 28Hz from a relatively compact cabinet.
The DDD driver is used on all German Physiks loudspeakers and the same quality of driver is used on all models from our entry level product, to the top of the range Gaudi. This revolutionary driver gives the same very important advantages to all German Physiks designs and is what sets them apart from our competitors.
The DDD driver’s very low moving mass enables it to operate linearly over an extremely wide frequency range. The Carbon Mk IV’s DDD driver covers the range from 190Hz all the way up to 24,000Hz. In a conventional design, this range would be covered by two or even three different types of driver and most importantly there would be a cross over point in the mid range, the area where our hearing is most sensitive. The DDD driver’s wide operating range allows this vital region to be kept free from the level and phase anomalies that multiple drivers and a necessarily more complex crossover would create. This enables the Carbon Mk IV, like all German Physiks loudspeakers, to produce very accurate and realistic stereo images.
Another key advantage of the DDD driver is that it is omni directional, so these excellent stereo images can be enjoyed from a wide range of listening positions, unlike conventional designs which have much smaller “sweet spots” due to the tendency of their drivers to beam the sound. The benefits of the Carbon Mk IV can be shared with friends and family.
The DDD driver’s omni directionality also makes the Carbon Mk IV less sensitive to room position than conventional designs. In addition, toe-in adjustment becomes unnecessary and this combined with the loudspeaker’s small foot print, make it relatively easy to set up in the listening room.
The DDD driver’s very low moving mass provides the further benefit of exceptional impulse and phase response characteristics and allows it to reproduce both the attack of the music and resolve low level detail very accurately. This is essential in order to faithfully reproduce the delicate nuances and timbral characteristics of a performance and make it sound like music, rather than just good hi-fi. The driver’s excellent impulse response also ensures that the stereo image remains focussed and stable, even when the loudspeaker is reproducing complex passages at high levels.