Audio Physic Classic 10 speakers (Black)
The CLASSIC 10 boast an array of new design characteristics that for the first time have been consistently featured in an AUDIO PHYSIC series with such attractive price points. The professed aim was to exclude any influence of the cabinet on signal reproduction to the greatest extent possible. If the cabinet is prone to natural oscillations, even the best chassis become impaired in their performance.
Partially rounded and at the same time tilted loudspeaker cabinets, as in the REFERENCE and HIGH-END lines, eliminate any possibility of the cabinet’s developing its own acoustics, yet they are extremely elaborate to produce. Now our development department has managed to take many of the virtues of the large and world-renowned AUDIO PHYSIC models and apply them to a new series.
The cabinets of the CLASSIC loudspeakers are a fundamentally new development and one of a kind. The body consists of three layers with various dampening characteristics and different levels of stiffness. The result, a sandwich cabinet, has a thickness of 20 millimetres and possesses acoustic characteristics of significantly greater design diameters. A major advantage of the three-layer wall is the dramatic reduction in sound permeability, especially in medium frequencies. For the stiffness of the cabinet is not the sole factor that is acoustically relevant; also how much inwardly-emitted sound escapes outside through the walls. A heterogeneous sandwich is significantly more successful at dampening this sound than a uniformly dense material, and at the same time it is effective in eliminating partial vibrations. All in all, these AUDIO PHYSIC new designs achieve a minimum of resonance and thus a minimum of intrinsic sound previously considered unattainable in this price range.
Ideal conditions for the also newly developed chassis of the CLASSIC 10. The cones for low and medium frequencies are symmetrically arranged around the tweeters. This creates uniform distribution of pressure on the cabinet; best prerequisites for precise sound reproduction, combined with a superb location of instruments and artists.
In the bass, the cone chassis work in tandem and create a powerful foundation full of depth. The surround and drive of the chassis allow the suspension system greater linear lift and thus, even in booming surround applications, afford stunning reserves for a high-fidelity performance. The phase plug of the woofer is firmly attached, thus it does not vibrate with the membrane to the beat of the music. An elaborate structural shape, but one which drastically reduces compression effects behind the membrane. Effects that especially in the mid-range would otherwise lead to imprecision in signal fidelity. The design improves the dissipation of heat from the moving system. Heat accumulation would alter the physical parameters of the system, and the consequences can usually be seen in lethargic sound, lacking definition.
The actual woofer is located beneath the tweeter dome. It is equipped with a generously-dimensioned drive and a four-layer copper voice coil. This is how we achieve optimal power conversion and an exact displacement of the membrane. The star-shaped acoustic panel around the tweeters facilitates uniform sound dispersion. This allows the high-performance fabric dome to fully develop its capabilities – far beyond the audible range of the human ear.
The chassis of the CLASSIC 10 model, with a sturdy front panel, provide visually homogeneous unity. Visible fixtures thus cannot detract from the appealing looks of the loudspeakers. Each CLASSIC 10 is delivered with two different front panels; one version without a cover, offering a view of the chassis, and another front panel covered with fabric. The front panels can be effortlessly swapped out. Those who enjoy music but don’t fancy looking at the chassis can opt for the fabric-covered model without remorse. It is acoustically neutral. With or without fabric covers, the CLASSIC 10 model is always spot-on.
The intelligent base design of the CLASSIC 10 is an integral element of the loudspeaker and guarantees a secure footing on any surface. For delicate flooring, we recommend the optional AUDIO PHYSIC Vibration Control Feet VCF II M8 in order to achieve top-quality sound reproduction. They keep micro vibrations securely in check and protect the surfaces. Last not least, the CLASSIC 10 loudspeakers offer as standard WBT nextgen plug connections for banana connectors and sandwich spades for top-quality sound. These high-tech terminals also minimise factors affecting sound due to micro vibrations.
Further testimony to the fact that AUDIO PHYSIC loudspeakers are the result of painstaking research and consistent development – true to our motto, “no loss of fine detail”. The CLASSIC models are closer than ever before to the stunning sound capabilities of our HIGH-END line.
AUDIO PHYSIC CLASSIC 10 loudspeakers
First impressions: In the deepest recesses of my mind, I was wondering whether we’d reach a point where something gave. I’m talking about Audio Physic’s latest entry-level offering – the Classic series of loudspeakers. We’re all too familiar with the term “entry-level” and the inevitable connotations of compromise. Would Audio Physic finally over-stretch in the attempt to balance price and a legacy carefully built over the years?
That said, the floorstanding Classic 10 surprised me with what I can only imagine to be a refreshed take of the German company’s design philosophy. The family sound was immediately recognisable, displaying a pleasing sense of honesty with the combination of back-to-front and top-to-bottom wholesome integration that not many others can pull off as effortlessly.
Specs: Slated as replacement for the Yara series, the Classic 10 is part of a five-model line-up comprising two floorstanders, a standmount, centre-channel and matching subwoofer. Everyone offers 5.1 solutions these days and Audio Physic can’t be faulted for succumbing to the pressures of marketing demands.
Tall. Slim. Beautiful. These speakers visually captivated from the word go, from looks and, upon closer scrutiny, the standard of fit and finish. Construction is of a very high standard. The review sample came in high-gloss glass white finish, and I was informed that a black equivalent, together with the more traditional wood-variant are also available on order.
Design-wise, Audio Physic breaks no new ground with the Classic 10, relying instead on a proven standard two-and-a-half-way configuration. The driver array is D’Appolito style with a symmetrical layout. Cabinet construction is sandwiched, with the bass reflex ports integrated into it. A nice touch of class is the interchangeable front panel, which can either be open or covered in fabric. I left the panel covers off, preferring to have the drive units on display throughout the review.
The Classic 10 measures 1055 x 170 x 240mm (h/w/d), the height enhancing the perception of svelteness when having a pair sited out in the open. The quoted frequency response of 38Hz to 30kHz is quite standard fare these days, although the 4-ohm load may prove to be a bit tricky for some amplifiers. That said, quite a few mainstream amplifiers are 4-ohm-stable these days, so that’s a minor niggle.
The 16kg weight per cabinet only adds to the sense of assurance that money is well spent in all the right places when it comes to delivering sonically.
Performance: The dealer’s caveat while we were loading my car with the boxes was that speakers were brand new and without any play whatsoever. A pair of the costlier Classic 20 was being run in at the premises at the time, and they sounded very promising. High hopes then for the Classic 10.
And how they delivered. I am pretty familiar with the fundamental Audio Physic sound, owning a pair of Yara 2 Evolutions myself. Immediate impressions of the Classic 10 were one of familiarity but on a much larger scale. Things that the resident Yaras did so well were amplified several times. Of worthy mention was the sense of integration in the mid-bass, the Classic 10s revealing an exemplary sense of spatial cues and textural layering of instruments across a wide variety of genres effortlessly.
The feeling of the Classic 10s opening up even more over time was not as dramatic as other components I have come across; these Audio Physic speakers, just like their elder siblings, sing sweetly right out of the box and after a day or two, settle into what you would eventually hear.
Throughout the duration of the review, I found myself taking a step back several times to assess this new-found degree of lucidity, whether what I was listening to were genuine improvements or audio hyperbole. With hindsight, I didn’t think it was an issue of the latter – the Classic 10s were simply much better in most conceivable ways than my Yaras and can quite comfortably show a clean pair of heels to loudspeakers from other makes within the price range … and perhaps a notch or two above them as well.
The good: I was also impressed with the Classic 10s’ low-end extension. The baby Audio Physic goes low and clean, with hardly any traces of overhang, and the well-constructed chassis no doubt helped damp any amount of ringing that could have been audibly measured. Together with this, I didn’t find the speakers voiced to favour any specific frequency, unlike some of the smaller bookshelves which emphasise the midrange. Tonal neutrality kept cropping up in my review notes instead.
The ungood: Let’s be upfront about it – there’s not much I have against the Classic 10. That said, if I had to be anal about things, the gloss glass finish of the review pair was a fingerprint magnet par-excellence. Stay clear of them once you’ve found the correct siting, and you should be relatively free of such grumbles.
Second – while my experiences with Audio Physic speakers find them to be relatively fuss-free with respect to positioning, you would do well to put a bit of air between the Classic 10s and room boundaries. The solid bass anchor that the pair is able to lay down has a mild tendency for bloom if placed a bit too close to extremities. In my small-ish study, the Classic 10s just about got away with it but I would roughly say a metre’s distance from the rear walls and a foot at least from the side walls will be the barest minimum. From then, it becomes a matter of preference and fine-tuning.
Final verdict: I recently sold a pair of mountain bikes to friend with the intention of finding a replacement, having used them for a couple of years. The funny thing about gear is that you’re almost automatically predisposed to replacing them after a while with something a bit more contemporary and/or with options that are markedly better.
The Classic 10s are exactly that – they take loudspeakers to a new baseline, at least where the entry-level is concerned and arguably shift goalposts in the contemporary context, even when pitted against others of higher stature. Foibles notwithstanding (and really – I was very hard-pressed to find anything much against the Classic 10s), this speaks volumes of their overall value proposition. Get past the sticker price, and they’re actually exceedingly good value indeed.
And back to my mountain bikes – I’m still looking around for suitable replacements. Suggestions would be welcome.
Höhe 1055 mm / 41.5″
Breite 170 mm / 6.7″
Tiefe 240 mm / 9.5″
Grundfläche Breite x Tiefe 210×300 mm / 8.3×11.8″
Gewicht ~ 16 kg / 22 kg
Empfohlene Verstärkerleistung 20-120 W
Impedanz 4 Ohm
Frequenzgang 38 Hz – 30 kHz
Wirkungsgrad 89 dB