NHB630Oval

The NHB630 incorporates the same bass enclosure as NHB 645 but replaces the R45 with the new Oval 30 RIbbon. 

R630v3

The R630v3 is a classic 2 way loudspeaker system.  Why is a two way system so desirable?  Simplicity.  A well executed 2 way eliminates the complexity of adding a midrange driver with its associated dispersion, phase, and crossover problems.  The low crossover point of our unique Ribbon drivers allow a full range system that delivers the full musical spectrum without the off-axis upper midrange suck-outs typically found in two way dome tweeter systems.

As with all Newform Ribbon loudspeakers, superb results can be achieved with a wide range of tube and solid state electronics.
 
Please call or e-mail us for a discussion of your equipment and your system plans.
 
From a stereo pair to the fronts and rear of a great home theater system, in most situations the R630v2 will open up and illuminate the soundstage for any keen music lover.

R58

The R58 is a very high quality small monitor. It can be used for fine stereo in a small room without a subwoofer or as the mains, surround or center channel in a home theater.

Module 30 Black

Module 30 Dual Peerless 5" midbasses with R30 Ribbon.  Place at all corners of your system, add a good sub and you will be most of the way to world class.

About Newform Research

The Newform Story

Newform Research manufactures new technology Ribbon loudspeakers and sells them factory direct worldwide. Planar loudspeakers, with their open and natural reproduction of music, have been the first choice of experienced audiophiles for decades. In addition to superb hifi stereo capabilities, our Ribbon speakers easily handle the great dynamics and scale required for the finest home theater applications. We believe high end music and high end home theater systems should be acoustically the same thing. 

Newform audiophile loudspeakers are designed around our groundbreaking  technology Ribbon drivers. These Ribbons were developed to produce the transparency and detail of the large classic Ribbon and electrostatic panel loudspeakers. The objective was to offer the audio magic (transparency and detail) of the classic panels in updated speakers which are vastly easier to live with in terms of demands on the amplifier, room placement, reliability and dynamics. 

Newform Ribbon loudspeakers offer a great musical experience in a far more practical package at a lower cost than any other truly high end audio speaker.  How? Look at the speaker designs. They are extremely narrow which reduces diffraction and baffle bounce, both of which smear the sound quality and reduce a listeners’ ability to hear into the music. Almost the entire front of the speaker is composed of diaphragms. These diaphragms only radiate to the front so there is no back wave to complicate room setup or compromise home theatre applications. 

The parts used are world class yet the cost is very, very competitive. This is the result of new technology breakthroughs, tight design and true factory direct sales. No one can better support our loudspeakers than we can and no one knows your listening room and musical tastes better than you do. Involving anyone else only increases costs and reduces the chances for superb results.   We can discuss your system, your listening room and your taste in music. 

This consultation process doesn't have to be very time consuming, it just has to clarify the basics.

Sound Quality Equals Sound Delivery

Wide dispersion, tall linesource speakers ideal for most listening rooms and amplifier friendly with their high and even impedances, Newform Ribbon designs offer higher musical performance with fewer compromises than any series of loudspeakers previously offered. Just as importantly, these loudspeakers can be quickly set up with basic electronics to produce great musical results.   If you have an application involving a public meeting area where intelligibility is or musical purity is paramount, we have systems to tame the acoustics of your space.

This is one of the largest loudspeaker sites on the web but, in a nutshell, Newform Research delivers uniquely high performance loudspeakers at very reasonable prices. These internationally reviewed and acclaimed loudspeakers may be purchased by themselves, in loudspeaker kits, with amplifiers and processors and subwoofer packages. 

The world of hifi audio, home theater and home entertainment is changing rapidly but human hearing and room acoustics are not. Newform Research Ribbon loudspeakers will deliver the full musical potential of constantly converging and improving home entertainment electronics and music formats. That is, they will deliver unsurpassed performance and value for the long term.

The World is going Newform

Take a look at the trends in advanced loudspeaker design over the past 5 years. Gone are big boxes with lots of drivers all over the baffle. Gone are short loudspeakers which project a waist high soundstage. In their place is a new generation of tall, narrow loudspeaker cabinet designs which try to minimize diffraction, baffle bounce and off axis anomalies. Most tellingly, some form of Ribbon driver is now very common where dome tweeters were the order of the day just several years ago. 

If you took these trends towards narrower enclosures, taller linesources, free standing Ribbon drivers and extrapolate it into the future, you would have loudspeakers which would look very similar to our current designs. But unlike conventional manufacturers, we aren't modifying old designs and trying to make them current. Our loudspeakers are clean sheet, ground up designs, and now well proven in the field.

Are loudspeaker designers from all over the world copying Newform Ribbon loudspeakers? No, but they are beginning to recognize the importance of the real world performance factors which drove the development of our Ribbon drivers and radical new designs over 20 years ago. We have been leading for a long time. Now that the rest of the world is starting to march in the same direction, maybe our leadership is becoming a little more obvious.

Design Philosophy

Newforms design philosophy is very simply to eliminate errors. Loudspeakers cannot make music, they can only reproduce it. The fewer errors a loudspeaker makes in that reproduction, the more lifelike the music is going to sound. The more character a loudspeaker adds to the reproduction, the less like real music it will be. 

Our loudspeakers look unique because they are designed to get out of the way of the music, not attempt to "improve" it. Our designs consider the real world rooms in which they will be required to perform. 

In terms of room acoustics, a tall wide dispersion, monopole linesource is by far the best match for most domestic rooms. They keep muddying reflections off the ceiling and floor and afford many listeners in the room an excellent soundstage whether they are seated or moving around. Tall linesources have the scale and the dynamic capability to properly image match the large screens now common in many home theater systems for a realistically sized presentation combined with excellent detail and focus.   The above holds true for public  venues of any size.

We use the highest quality components in our designs that sonically justify their cost. Embellishments either aesthetic or marketing based are left out. Our loudspeakers are very tight, integrated designs and produce the maximum musical bang for the dollar.   

Making sure the customer understands the logic of the "proper fit" with our designs and their application is an integral and final step to what starts as research to design a characterless loudspeaker. Only a characterless loudspeaker can deliver a truly musical experience and acoustically disappear in the room. 

The loudspeaker which is best able to deliver the life of the music most faithfully through the obstacle course of room acoustics is the loudspeaker which will remain in your home for many, many years.   Try buying a used pair of Newform Research Ribbon loudspeakers.  People hold on to Newforms.

 

 

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Newform Difference

DESIGN INNOVATION

Our loudspeakers are built around our new technology Ribbon drivers. These Ribbons are a clean sheet design and were developed to produce the transparency and detail of the large classic Ribbon and electrostatic panel loudspeakers. The objective was to offer the audio magic (transparency and detail) of the classic panels in updated speakers which are vastly easier to live with in terms of demands on the amplifier, room placement, reliability and dynamics. 

Newform Ribbon loudspeakers offer a great musical experience in a far more practical package at a far lower cost than ever before. How? Look at the speakers. They are extremely narrow which reduces diffraction and baffle bounce, both of which smear the sound quality and reduce a listeners ability to hear into the music. Almost the entire front of the speaker is composed of diaphragms. These diaphragms only radiate to the front so there is no back wave to complicate room setup or compromise home theatre applications. 

The parts used are world class yet the cost is very, very competitive. This is the result of new technology breakthroughs, tight design and factory directly supported sales. No one can better support our loudspeakers than we can and no one knows your listening room and musical tastes better than you do. Dealers and custom installers can be of enormous help with the overall system design especially when their expertise is integrated with factory support.

We will discuss your system, your listening room and your taste in music. When these parameters clear, we can confidently recommend a suitable model. We regularly tell people our speakers aren't suitable for what they want to do, but once we make a recommendation, it is very rare that a system is sent back. We and our dealers undersell deliberately since the customer is covered by the one year 100% trade-in upgrade policy. We try to make your purchase as easy as possible. 

We are not here to sell unsuitable loudspeakers because returns cost us a great deal in time, freight, packaging, re-testing and discounted demo sales. 

This is not an instant shopping experience. Long term musical satisfaction takes a bit more consideration at the beginning. This consultation process doesn't have to be very time consuming, it just has to clarify the basics.

Planet Audio

Planet Audio 

If music and sound reproduction mean a great deal to you, the topics under Planet Audio should be of interest.  Music and great reproduction have never been more accessible and yet never has so much low fidelity been pumped into human ears than is the case today.  Great audio may not be dirt cheap but it has never been easier.

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Audiophile Glossary

Analog

the actual sound wave. 

Baffle bounce

Reflection off the baffle of the sound wave after the main wave has launched. The larger the baffle, the more bounces. 

Bandwidth

Any spectrum of frequencies used for discussion. Audio bandwidth is 20hz to 20,000Hz. Subwoofer bandwidth might be 15Hz to 45Hz etc. 

Bass reach

Ability to go down to the low frequency extremes. 

Bass tightness

Tuneful, accurate bass not bloated or muddy. 

Bi-amping

Using one channel of an amplifier to drive each Ribbon and midbass so that a stereo pair of speakers requires 4 channels of amplification. Means that instead of driving a speaker full-range with a single channel of amplification, through a single set of speaker cables, you actually connect two sets of cables, with each set driven by a separate amplifier, or separate channels of a multi-channel amplifier. This way, low frequencies and high frequencies each receive dedicated amplifiers. 

Bi-wiring

Running separate cables from the amplifier to the Ribbon and midbasses. 

Cables

Carrying higher voltage and power, running from the amplifiers to the speakers. Also power cables 

Crossover

Digital, passive, electronic - means of channeling high frequencies into the high frequency driver (Ribbon midrange/tweeter or dome tweeter etc.), and low frequencies to the woofer. 

Diffraction

Anomalies created when a wave moves out from the diaphragm and encounters a radical change in the baffle - say a 90 degree corner. The sharper the corner, the greater the diffraction effect. 

Digital

The soundwave is broken down into a digital format which bears no physical resemblance to the original analog waveform. 

Digital chain

Where the complete signal path is digital and there are no analog steps except when the amplifier converts the digital information into the analog waveform which powers the speakers. 

Dispersion

Horizontal, vertical - radiation pattern - how evenly the soundwave moves off to the sides and up and down. 

Dynamics

Ability to play loudly and cleanly. 

EQ

Equalizing electronically to deal with room acoustic problems or produce special effects.  

Excursion

Forward and backward movement of the diaphragm. 

Etched

Emphasis of very high frequencies sounding very live but harsh. 

Hard

Too much mid-treble emphasis leading to rapid listening fatigue. 

Interconnects

carrying low voltage signals from the CD player say to the preamp and from the preamp to amp. 

Linesource

tall loudspeaker with a line of drivers or diaphragms (in the case of Ribbon) all producing the same frequencies. Tall enough to put the listener in the nearfield where there is very little room interaction. The taller the linesource, the further back the nearfield area extends. Very little floor or ceiling reflections. Radiates in a columnar form. 

Midrange

speaker driver reproducing middle (say speech) frequencies. 

Midbass driver

basically a woofer which also operates well into the lower midrange. 

Muddy

refers to bass and midbass where the notes are indistinct and poorly defined. 

Off-axis

the position relative to a line straight ahead of the diaphragm. Off-axis vertical and off-axis horizontal. 

Phase

time arrival of the information. Out of phase means wave is 180 degrees shifted from the in phase (ideal) wave. 

Planar

any flat surface diaphragm driver typically film based, electrostatic, Ribbon types. 

Pointsource

radiates hemispherically - as much towards the ceiling and floor as to the sidewalls and listening position. 

Ribbon

thin conductive diaphragm suspended in strong magnetic gap. Diaphragm vibrates when audio signal is put through it.  

Room acoustics

the sonic signature of a room, the frequencies it emphasizes and damps down. 

Soft

rolled off treble and bass producing very mellow sound but losing a lot of information. 

Soundstaging

effect of hearing the soundsources - instruments, singers etc. - located in specific places horizontally and in front of and behind the plane of the speakers. 3D sound localization as it would appear in a live show. 

Smooth response

even frequency response so that all frequencies are presented evenly, it their proper perspective. 

Suck out

a hole or depression in the frequency response - not as easy to detect as a boosted section of bandwidth. 

Tight group of curves

off axis response very close to that of the on-axis response. Ie broad horizontal dispersion giving even sound in a wide listening area. 

Tweaks

modifying you sound components for better performance. 

Transparency

ability to hear into the music. Separation of instruments, removal of "veils" from obscuring musical detail. Naturalness. 

Tweeter

speaker driver reproducing high frequencies. 

Voicing a speaker

giving a speaker a specific character. (Newform's policy is to remove character as much as possible) 

Woofer

speaker driver reproducing low frequencies. 

 

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