German Physiks Unlimited Ultimate
Omnidirectional Floor Standing Loudspeaker
The Unlimited Ultimate is the entry level model in the German Physiks range and is the latest version of their popular Unlimited design. It uses one DDD driver and a downward firing 8-inch woofer and is available in a luxurious high polish polyester finish in black, white, red or yellow. When the Unlimited was introduced in 2011, it set a new standard for accuracy and neutrality in this price range. In the intervening years, German Physiks have steadily improved the Unlimited’s performance, resulting in a loudspeaker that has collected multiple awards and developed a reputation for making high end sound more accessible to music enthusiasts around the world.
The design is intended to be both elegant and simple, so that it blends into its surroundings rather than draws attention to itself. The intention is for the listener’s attention to be concentrated entirely on the music. The Unlimited Ultimate has a very small footprint – just 24cm x 24cm (9.5″ x 9.5″), so it takes up a comparatively small space on the listening room floor. Despite its modest cabinet size, it works well in rooms of up to about 55 square metres (580 square feet).
The heart of all German Physiks loudspeakers is the unique omnidirectional DDD driver. It uses a cone made of extremely thin (0.15mm) carbon fibre, making it very light and very rigid. Each driver is hand-built by a skilled technician in their factory in Germany using a painstaking process that takes 6 hours. After assembly, each driver undergoes a series of rigorous tests and is then subjected to a 96 hour pre-aging process, playing specially selected music at high level. Finally, it is re-tested and placed with another driver to form a matched pair.
The DDD driver is omnidirectional, meaning that it radiates the sound evenly around it in all directions and it has an exceptionally wide operating range. In the Unlimited it covers the range from 200Hz up to 24kHz – almost 7 octaves! This is the same driver that is used in their flagship models.
One of the first things that will strike you about the Unlimited Ultimate is the excellent dynamics, transparency and coherence of the sound. The musical presentation is clear, articulate and you can hear all the separate musical elements independently of each other as they combine to make a whole. It is easy to follow the bass lines and drums have an authentic impact to their transients. The correct bass balance is maintained even when listening at low levels.
Many reviewers have commented that if the immersive ‘widescreen’ sound of German Physiks speakers appeals to you, most conventional loudspeakers will then sound contrived. It is no wonder that the brand has developed a very loyal following and consistently scores high in owner satisfaction ratings. In terms of pure musical enjoyment, it leapfrogs a host of expensive box speakers that are forever constrained to sound restrained, offering a slice of sonic bliss at an accessible price. Unlimited musical enjoyment, German Physiks style!
German Physiks Unlimited Ultimate HIFI Speakers REVIEW
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What I can say for sure is that if German Physiks had had a significant hifi show presence in the UK alerting me to their existence, then MBL would have had serious competition for my own money! For me, you cannot get a higher recommendation than that.
Recommended – with enthusiasm!
|Type||Floor Standing Omnidirectional Loudspeaker|
|Operating principle||2-way loudspeaker with 360° surround radiation|
|Drivers||1 x carbon fibre DDD driver
1 x 8-inch woofer
|Recommended room size||10 – 55 square metres / 106 – 580 square feet|
|Sensitivity||88dB for 1W at 1m|
|Frequency response||32– 24,000Hz|
|Power handling||Nominal 110W, Short term 170W|
|Amplification required||Minimum 90W/4 Ohms|
|Crossover slopes||DDD section 6dB/octave electronic & 18dB/octave acoustic
Woofer section 18dB/octave electronic & 18dB/octave acoustic
|Input connectors||1 set of WBT nextgen™ binding posts|
|Finish||High polish polyester black, white, red or yellow|
|Dimensions||240mm (W) x 1050mm (H) x 240mm (D)
9.5” (W) x 41.3” (H) x 9.5” (D)
|Weight||28.9kg / 63.7lbs|
Please note that specifications may change without notice