THE TROUBADOUR 80
The Troubadour 80 is an enhanced version of the Troubadour 40. It uses two DDD drivers to give it an increased maximum output level and a more extended low frequency response. These are mounted one above the other via a rigid cylindrical aluminium collar. The crossover is built into a separate housing. Like the Troubadour 40, the Troubadour 80 is a versatile loudspeaker that can be used either as a compact high quality full range unit, or as a high quality satellite in conjunction with a separate sub woofer. It is especially suitable for high end AV systems, where its small footprint makes it easy to position. The Troubadour 80 is available in two versions. The standard version is fitted with titanium DDD drivers and a higher performance version is fitted with carbon fibre DDD drivers.
High Performance from Modest Size
The Troubadour 80 provides a detailed and well focussed stereo image that has excellent width and depth. Despite its compact dimensions it is capable of surprisingly high output levels. It shows none of the compression and cabinet colourations that we associate with conventional designs of a similar size. The clarity, dynamics and level of detail it provides are excellent. Instruments and voices are accurately placed in the stereo image and the sheer musicality and naturalness of the sound draws you in to the performance. Its ability to create a convincing musical experience belies its small size. If you were listening blindfolded, you would almost certainly believe that you were listening to a larger speaker. This is a testament to the excellence of the DDD driver.
The DDD Driver
The DDD driver is used on all German Physiks loudspeakers and the same quality of driver is used on all models from our entry level product, to the top of the range Gaudi. This revolutionary driver gives the same very important advantages to all German Physiks designs and is what sets them apart from our competitors. This is why we constantly highlight its features and advantages.
Low Cabinet Colouration
The Troubadour 80 solves the problem of cabinet colouration by having to all intents and purposes no cabinet. The two DDD drivers are mounted either end of a short cylindrical collar made from 6mm thick aluminium. Its shape and dimensions make it a naturally very rigid structure which exhibits negligible cabinet talk and resonance. To reduce these to insignificant levels, the inside surface of the collar is coated with a heavy layer of bitumen damping material. It is lined with high density felt to damp any resonances of the internal air mass.
Varied Finish Options
The Troubadour 80 is available in the customer’s choice of select, hand matched hardwood veneers, black Nextel or carbon fibre. Please see the Finishes page for more details. The carbon fibre finish option is particularly striking visually. Multiple layers of bi-directional, resin impregnated carbon fibre are applied to the aluminium collar using techniques originally developed for the aircraft industry. Several layers of lacquer are then applied and this is finally hand polished to give a deep lustrous finish. The carbon fibre finish option has the additional advantage that it adds extra strength and rigidity to the collar, which further reduces the low levels of residual resonances and cabinet talk.
The Troubadour 80’s external crossover provides two important advantages. Firstly it allows the loudspeaker section to be made much smaller and therefore less obtrusive and easier to position. Secondly, in isolating the crossover components from the drivers, microphonic effects that might degrade the crossover’s performance are avoided. A 1.5m long cable is supplied to connect the Troubadour 80 to the crossover. This is generally sufficiently long to allow convenient location of the crossover. If required, a longer cable may be used.
Adjustable High Frequency Output
High quality jumpers on the crossover allow the high frequency output level to be adjusted in 4 steps: -2dB, flat, +2dB and +4dB. This allows the user to easily compensate for the variations in the absorption of high frequencies that occur due to different types of furnishings and room construction.
Full Range or Satellite Operation
The Troubadour 80 may be operated either as a full range unit, or as a satellite in conjunction with a sub woofer. The mode is set by jumpers on the crossover’s top panel. These may be quickly and easy adjusted. The low frequency roll offs for the two versions of the unit in each mode are shown in the table below: