“Balancing output, sound quality and size is not easy, which has resulted in numerous products that deliver in one or two of these areas, but never all three with any real success,” explained VUE CEO, Ken Berger. “Thanks to the advancements we’ve made with beryllium HF components and ultra-powerful neodymium magnets, as well as the DSP horsepower available from our VUEDrive engines, the e-352 delivers esoteric, audiophile grade performance, while offering output levels typically reserved for much larger professional systems.”
The crown jewel of the e-352 Nano is a uniquely capable, 2.5-inch Truextent beryllium dome tweeter with powerful neodymium magnet assembly. The combination results in extremely low distortion and extended high-frequency performance with maximum efficiency. On the front, an aluminum baffle features an integrated high frequency waveguide, while a pair of V-shaped wire bumpers provide ample protection for the tweeter while eliminating the diffractions associated with traditional speaker grills.
The tweeter is flanked by a pair of 3.5-inch cone transducers that are custom-engineered and manufactured by VUE specifically for use in the e-352 Nano. The two state-of-the-art transducers achieve exceptionally high output and maximum efficiency by combining a powerful Neodymium magnet structure with high-temperature voice coils that are physically optimized for maximum heat dissipation and “cool running” regardless of demand.
All three drivers are housed in a compact and elegant die-cast aluminum enclosure that is significantly more rigid and resonant free than typical compact plastic designs. The aluminum enclosure is corrosion and moisture resistant, making the e-352 well suited for use outdoors and in harsh weather applications. The onboard passive crossover network is precisely mated to specialized DSP inside the VUEDrive V2.5 Systems Engine, which provides optimal power and full transducer protection for up to eight e-352’s.
The resulting combination of transducers, crossover, DSP and cabinet allows the e-352 to deliver unprecedented audiophile quality with resonant-free operation from 130 Hz to well above the range of human hearing (27 kHz), while achieving peak sound pressure output above 120 dB SPL at one meter. All this is available from a compact enclosure that’s slightly smaller than your average lunchbox at 4.3 by 10 by 4.1 inches.
The e-352 Nano is available in black or white, offering flexible mounting with the included bracket to enable easy speaker aiming, with M6 screws for additional safety anchor, and optional full grill.
“After an extensive two-year R&D effort, it’s really quite exciting to debut the e-352, and finally unburden professionals from having to choose between, size, output and sound quality” concluded Berger. “But this is really just the beginning. The technologies that resulted in the e-352 will soon expand through a full range of e-Class offerings. We can’t wait to tell you about them.”