"MarkAudio-SOTA combines the incredible talents of a truly global team of experts in driver, crossover and cabinet engineering to build unique, wideband audiophile speakers from the ground up," the company says. MarkAudio-SOTA uses all-range drivers in their new Viotti One, Cesti B, and Cesti Tower speakers, which help create an acoustically accurate, symmetrical sound field.
MarkAudio-SOTA started their dream team of designers when they recruited engineer Mark Fenlon of Markaudio, a renowned British manufacturer of loudspeaker drivers for the custom-build and OEM markets. They then integrated Dr. Scott Lindgren’s technical box alignment and elegant crossover design to work seamlessly with Mark’s custom dual drivers, featuring custom voice coils by Matsubara San, a 35-year transducer veteran. These were all built into the elegant styling of Italian designer Andrea Ponti’s cabinet concept for the Viotti One, and Ball Chan’s designs for the Cesti B and Cesti Tower. The combination creates truly unique and authentic High-Fidelity loudspeakers that efficiently reproduce music as it was recorded.
"To succeed in the ultra-competitive hi-fi speaker market, we knew we had to develop our speakers differently," says Dwight Sakuma - President of MarkAudio-SOTA North America. "The valuable feedback we received from the 2015 AXPONA attendees, combined with our dream team of designers and engineers expertise, has yielded a truly natural sounding speaker line that is sure to impress the most discerning audiophiles."
To explain the difference in MarkAudio-SOTA's approach, the company details that all cabinets, crossovers and speaker drivers are engineered in tandem to create an end product that exceeds the sum of its premium parts. "Many manufacturers choose off-the-shelf components that aren’t always a perfect match to their system design target," they state.
The wide dispersion and shallow-profile cone drivers replace conventional cone-woofer and dome-tweeter combinations. With matched dispersion and output characteristics, along with a low order crossover slope, the two custom-made Sota drivers provide a seamless integration between high and low frequencies. This integration results in a smooth, natural output and soundstage that affords a wider range of seating positions, allowing several people to hear a top quality performance simultaneously.
"MarkAudio-SOTA’s All-Range driver approach offers the rich midrange that is typical of a wide-range single speaker design, while providing a dynamic, full frequency range extending from 40Hz to 25kHz. The three dual driver speakers’ systems use different combinations of a custom-designed, 110mm (Sota 11) wide-range mid-bass driver mounted in a ported cabinet along with an acoustically isolated 50mm (Sota 5) tweeter. Both drivers use a low mass, mixed-alloy cone that generates exceedingly accurate audio transparency with incredible detail," they describe
The company’s "all-range" drivers utilize a 2.4 kHz crossover frequency with gentle, 2nd order electrical and acoustic slopes that gradually blend the outputs, maximizing the advantages of their symmetric wide-dispersion drivers. The simple design, with few reactive components, also aids in amplifier matching, allowing MarkAudio-SOTA speakers to be easily driven by low-power designs. The result is a 2-way loudspeaker without any obvious crossover transition, and a smooth, transparent, yet dynamic and natural musical response especially apparent in vocal reproduction.
MarkAudio-SOTA’s flagship 2-way, stand-mount loudspeakers - Viotti One ($2995/pair) - combine a unique Italian design style with the described engineering that follows the company’s “Hear Our Difference” credo. The speaker features custom all-range symmetric driver technology to create a full range loudspeaker in an elegant and finely finished cabinet. Laminated dual-core panels and polymers provide enclosures of maximum strength and acoustic stability.
MarkAudio-SOTA’s medium-sized, two-way bookshelf speaker - Cesti B ($1895/pair) - features the same all-range symmetric driver arrangement to create a full range system, combined with a Billow waveguide baffle for optimum dispersion and accurate sound replication in smaller rooms. Styled with a clean, minimalist industrial design, the speakers are available in a finely lacquered finish and in three colors (black, red or white).
The flagship of the Cesti series - Cesti T ($3495/pair) - expands on the Cesti B’s output. Twin Sota 11 bass-mid drivers increase the low frequency extension and enhance the dynamic range for larger rooms. The tower speakers feature the same Billow waveguide baffle and minimalist industrial design, also available in three colors (black, red or white).
These products are now available exclusively from the company’s new website (MarkAudio-SOTA.us) with free in-home trial period and 30-Day money back guarantee.