In designing Nautilus, we decided to do whatever was necessary, however unconventional, to make the best loudspeaker anyone had ever heard. Every component, from drive unit to cabinet enclosure, was re-invented. Every preconceived notion of what a speaker should be was challenged. The rulebook was torn up and re-written in the process of conceiving Nautilus.
The shape of Nautilus was inspired by nature, but derived from pure science. The tapering tubes were designed for absolute treble and midrange purity, but at up to 3m long obviously would never fit in a standard cabinet. After many iterations, the designers realised a nature-inspired spiral would save space without compromising on performance. Organic form follows function.
Acoustic science only takes a speaker design so far. After that, there is experimentation. In developing Nautilus, experimenting with the drive unit's enclosure led eventually to a sonically superior, tapered horn shape.
The science behind Nautilus came out of our research and development lab in Steyning. Commonly known as the University of Sound, it was the world's first facility dedicated exclusively to analysing the reproduction of sound.
Nautilus looks like no other speaker. The long, tapering pipes protruding from the back; the curving, spiral form of the body; and the glossy, almost liquid finish, mark Nautilus out as utterly unique. Incredibly though, every element – from the tapering tubes to the curved exterior, from the stiff materials to the heavy pedestal – is there solely to improve sonic performance.
A horn in reverse: instead of amplifying sound, Nautilus tubes taper to make the sound from the rear of each driver disappear. The result is a speaker with the purest possible sound from the front. And none at all from the back.
Thanks to unique active crossovers, Nautilus's four drivers each operate purely within their own frequency band. This allows use of stiffer materials, so they operate as perfect pistons: highly mobile, rigid and precise.
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