THE UNLIMITED MK II

THE UNLIMITED ULTIMATE

THE UNLIMITED CARBON

 


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After the outstanding success of our Limited 11 model, which was made in a special production run of only 100 pairs in 2011 and which quickly sold out, we decided to reintroduce the design to our range as a regular product under the name of the Unlimited MK II.  The original Unlimited MK II was exactly the same design as the Limited 11, but was offered in a wider choice of colours – white, grey, black and dark brown.

 

In the intervening years, the performance of the Unlimited MK II has been progressively improved, most recently by a crossover upgrade based on work done on our top selling Borderland MK IV. 

 

We have also introduced a luxury version of the Unlimited MK II design, which we call the Unlimited Ultimate.  This is finished in high polish polyester, in black, white, red or yellow and when you see it in the flesh you will see that it lives up to its name.

 

There is also now a version of the Unlimited MK II finished in carbon fibre – appropriately called the Unlimited Carbon.


The Unlimited MK II is a purist design. It provides the famous German Physiks trademark dynamics, transparency and musicality, but at a new lower price point. It is exceptional value for money and makes the unique enjoyment that German Physiks loudspeakers can provide available to a much bigger audience. The Unlimited MK II uses a single carbon fibre DDD driver and a downward firing 8-inch woofer.   It has received a string of superb reviews and numerous awards, which you can find at the bottom of this page and which testify to the excellence of this design.

 

Top Quality Sound at Lower Cost

The most important objective for this design was that the lower price would be reached without compromising the sound quality and musicality that our loudspeakers are famous for. We have achieved this by designing a simpler cabinet and reducing the number of finish options compared to our other models.


ultimate-4c-1000-flip-439Stylishly Simple Design

Not only is the Unlimited MK II an exceptionally good sounding loudspeaker, it is also our design statement. The design is intended to be both elegant and simple, so that it blends into its surroundings rather than draws attention to itself. We want the listener’s attention to be concentrated entirely on the music.

 

The Unlimited MK II’s cabinet footprint is only 24cm by 24cm (9.5” x 9.5”), so it takes very little space on the listening room floor. The cabinet itself is covered with a high quality acoustic vinyl. This has a satin textured finish and is available in white, grey, black and dark brown. These colours will match a wide variety of interiors. This is not the thin vinyl used on many lower cost loudspeakers.  It comprises two layers:  an under-layer that provides a significant amount of vibration damping, which further suppresses cabinet resonances and an outer layer that carries the colour and texture. This finish is extremely durable and will withstand knocks and bumps that would damage conventional wood or paint finishes.

 

Tuneful Bass

One of the first things that will strike you about the Unlimited MK II is the excellent quality of the bass, especially considering the compact size of the cabinet. The bass is deep with real weight, but it is also clear, articulate and in time with the rest of the audio range. 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, so you can continue to enjoy your Unlimited MK IIs when you would otherwise have to use headphones.


The DDD Driver

limited11_1 dddThe key to the exceptional performance produced by all German Physiks loudspeakers is our DDD driver. The Unlimited MK II uses the same design of DDD driver as our top of the line Gaudi, which retails for over $300,000 a pair.


The DDD driver in the Unlimited MK II covers the frequency range from 200Hz to 24,000Hz. This avoids the need for a crossover point in the mid-range that conventional 2-way designs must have. The consequent outstanding mid-range clarity combined with the DDD driver’s naturally low distortion, allows the Unlimited MK II to better reproduce the very fine detail in the music that you would expect to hear in a live performance.


Another important factor affecting a loudspeaker’s ability to provide a convincing recreation of a performance is the quality of its stereo imaging. The DDD driver enables the Unlimited MK II to produce well-focused, three-dimensional stereo images that are accurately proportioned and can be almost palpable in their reality.  This combined with the DDD driver’s exceptional transparency and its lightning fast transients provide the listener with a performance that is both emotionally involving and musically satisfying.


Goodbye to the Tyranny of the “Sweet Spot”

Because the DDD driver is omnidirectional, the Unlimited MK II’s excellent stereo images can be enjoyed from a wide range of positions in the listening room, rather than from just the small “sweet spot” that many conventional designs produce. This allows several people to enjoy the Unlimited MK II at the same time. It also means that long listening sessions are not fatiguing, as you do not have to worry about staying in a small “sweet spot” in order to enjoy the best sound.


Additional advantages of the DDD driver’s omnidirectional radiation pattern are that it makes the Unlimited MK II less fussy about its position in the room than many conventional designs and it allows the Unlimited MK II to provide an even tonal balance in almost all positions in the room.  Loudspeakers that use conventional drivers will only produce the correct tonal balance in a narrow range of positions in the room, due to their tendency to beam at high frequencies.


More information on the DDD driver, its development and advantages may be found on the Technology page of this web site.


Low Resonance Cabinets

Resonances in a loudspeaker cabinet can seriously degrade the sound quality by obscuring detail. To prevent this, the Unlimited MK II’s cabinets are constructed from heavy panels of MDF, with internal re-enforcements fitted at critical points.


As a further anti-resonance measure, a special damping material called Hawaphon® is applied to the inside of each panel. This adds mass to the panel to reduce the resonant frequency and its special internal structure very effectively converts vibration energy into heat. Hawaphon achieves a broadband attenuation of structure-borne sound of more than 50dB: a remarkably high figure. In addition, the special acoustic vinyl material used on the outside of the cabinet provides a further reduction in vibration of up to 17dB.


Finally, to damp resonances of the air within the cabinet, the whole of the inside of the cabinet is lined with a thick layer of high-density felt.


Designed for a Lifetime of Listening Pleasure

We use the same quality of parts in the Unlimited MK II as in our reference products, where we design for a minimum life expectancy of 25 years. For this reason we have selected highly corrosion resistant V4 grade stainless steel for the DDD driver support pillars, terminal mounting plates and all the screws.


We apply the same meticulous care and attention to the manufacture and testing of the Unlimited MK II as we do with all of our other products. After assembly the performance of each loudspeaker is measured. Then it is burnt in for at least 12 hours and measured again. Finally, we carefully match the loudspeakers in each pair.


Unlimited MK II Specifications


With Carbon Fibre DDD Driver

 
Impedance
4 ohms

 
Frequency Response

32– 24,000Hz


 
Power Handling
 

Nominal

110W

Short term

170W

 
Amplification required
Minimum 90W/4 ohms

 
Crossover frequency
200Hz

 
Crossover slopes
 
DDD section
6dB/octave electronic & 18dB/octave acoustic
Woofer section
18dB/octave electronic & 18dB/octave acoustic

 
Sensitivity
88dB for 1W at 1m

 
Operating principle
2-way loudspeaker with 360° surround radiation using the German Physiks DDD driver

 
Input connectors
1 set of binding posts

 
Drivers
1 x Carbon fibre DDD driver
1 x 8-inch woofer

 
Finish

            Unlimited MK II  Acoustic vinyl in satin finish white, black, light grey or dark brown
            Unlimited MK II Ultimate  High polish polyester black or white
            Unlimited Carbon
 Carbon fibre
   
Dimensions
240 mm W x 1050 mm H x 240 mm D
9.5” W x 41.3” H x 9.5” D

 
Weight
28.9 kg
63.7lbs

 
Warranty
5 years
 
As part of our process of continually improving our products, we reserve the right to change specifications without notice.
   

Test reports

 
   View Enjoy the Music.com test report. December 2016.
   
   Download Hi Fi Plus test report. May 2016 (PDF).
   
   Download Hi-Fi Choice test report. June 2015 (PDF)
   
   Download Hi Fi Critic test report. September 2014 (PDF).
   
   View Absolute Sound test report. February 2014.
   
   Download Stereo Prestige & Image test report. May 2013 (PDF).
   
   Download ToneAudio test report. July 2013 (PDF).
   
   View HiFi Pig test report. July 2013.
   
   Download HiFi Plus test report. July 2013 (PDF).
   
   Download HiFi Vision. 2011 test report (PDF).
   
   Download Hi-Fi World test report. June 2011(PDF).
   
   Download HiFi Test Highlight test report. March 2011 (PDF).
   
   Download Stereoplay test report. February 2011 (PDF).
   

Videos

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3p-8L6p_g4

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Awards

   
 
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Unlimited Mk II

The Absolute Sound

Editors' Choice Award (2016)

 

 
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Unlimited Mk II Ultimate

Stereoplay

Golden Ear Award (2016)

   
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Unlimited Mk II

Hi-Fi Choice

Hi-Fi Choice Recommended Award (2015)

 


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Unlimited Mk II

HIFI CRITIC

HIFI CRITIC Recommended Award (2014)

   
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Unlimited Mk II

The Absolute Sound

Golden Ear Award (2014)

 

 
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Unlimited Mk II

The Absolute Sound

Editors' Choice  Award (2014)

 

 

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Unlimited Mk II

Hifi Pig

Hifi Pig Recommended Award (2013)