A good-sounding name, but where does it come from? Cabasse hails from Brest, a town in Brittany, the Celtic region in the northwestern tip of France. The company was founded in 1950 by Georges Cabasse, whose lineage reaches back five generations to violin makers of the 18th century.
The Cabasse firm inherited not only its creator’s name, but also his genius. Georges Cabasse is from the world of music, and he is gifted with a special talent. He has a unique memory for sounds.
Probably a gift from his ancestors, hailing back to a stringed instrument maker who crafted the first violin signed Cabasse in 1740 at Mirecourt in the Vosges Mountains. This family of craftsmen pursued the tradition of supplying Europe with violins, violas and cellos, most of which are still being played in orchestras today.
The fact remains that Georges Cabasse’s obsession is to perfectly reproduce the concerts he loves, without any alteration, colouration or distortion in the sound. This boundless passion has led him to relentlessly innovate, transmit and share his exacting requirements with the rest of the Cabasse team, so that all ears can enjoy the essence and thrill of pure sound.
The Cabasse Acoustic Center holds all the Research and Development skills and expertise required to study new materials, create new membranes and drivers, design and manufacture prototypes, take measurements in anechoic rooms and run reliability tests, listen to and perfect equipment with the top sound professionals, etc. The centre is also a site for industrialisation and specialised production in coaxial loudspeakers technologies. As a member of the Canon (Camera fame) Group, Cabasse is deeply involved in its environment friendly policy and was ISO 14001:2004 certified in September 2008. Whether music lovers or musicians, cinema buffs, sailors or land lovers who love the open spaces, all the men and women on the Cabasse team share the taste for genuine perfection, nature’s force and resources, the emotions of “live” sound. These days the face of Cabasse is Christophe Cabasse and he travels the world visiting his wholesale and retail distribution network in a continuing educational process as well as demonstrating the range to magazine reviewers and the public at Hi-Fi exhibitions. You can download a very nice brochure from our website.
Design Performance - A Spherical Enclosure
The spherical shape of the cabinet loading the woofer presents numerous advantages like: rigidity inherent to the shape: this is essential to avoid any low frequency vibration that might create noises or a fuzzy sound scene.
No Standing Waves: As there are no parallel surfaces, it is not necessary to fill the enclosure with a lot of damping material and internal bracing. The use of those items reduces the internal volume of air available to load the driver, thus requires the use of a larger volume, thus lager panels that require more bracing and damping...perfect symmetry in every direction and no diffraction effects from 20Hz to 20kHz: the very essence of the spatial coherency.
Spatially Coherent System Technology
Cabasse's proprietary Spatially Coherent System (SCS) technology, Imagine three stones hitting the surface of a lake at three different points, the created waves will mix and propagate erratically. Now imagine three stones hitting the surface at the same point. The waves grow and spread harmoniously. This single source emission (or point source) is the benefit of the co-axial drivers and wide-range tweeters designed by the Cabasse R&D team. Fidelity to original timbres and dynamic range, a wide, stable and full soundstage, are the benefits of SCS technology.
The fruit of an entire team’s passion for music, the new Artis range concentrates on the very latest Cabasse innovations in coaxial technology and mastery of acoustics. Elegant and compact, they encompass the unique qualities of tech BC17, TC23 and QC55 co-axial drivers.
Artis a new leaf in the Cabasse legend: The fruit of an entire team’s passion for music and acoustics, the new Artis range concentrates the very latest Cabasse innovations in coaxial technology and mastery of vibratory phenomena. The Artis models were created to sublimate the acoustic qualities of the TC23 loudspeakers, and their lines and volumes will add elegance and purity to your musical world.
New high-end satellite co-axial system: New from the Artis range, Riga is a very compact satellite fitted with a new 17 cm coaxial unit, mounted in a sphere half the volume of the one in Baltic Evolution, her bigger sister.
Another Cabasse innovation to meet the demands of music and movie lovers looking for solutions with elegance and discrete aesthetic design.
Baltic, the reference high-end compact satellite speaker: The fruit of an entire team’s passion for music and acoustics, the Artis range concentrates the very latest Cabasse innovations in coaxial technology and mastery of vibratory phenomena. The Artis models were created to sublimate the acoustic qualities of the TC23 loudspeakers, and their lines and volumes will add elegance and purity to your musical world.
High-end subwoofer with true parametric room tuning device: The flat and deep, dynamic and controlled low-frequencies of the Santorin 30 make it the perfect partner for Baltic Evolution and Riga to constitute exceptional stereo and multichannel systems in every type of listening room.
New high-end LF-powered speaker: New from the Artis range, Pacific 3 SA is the first tower loudspeaker fitted with the 17cm coaxial unit, the BC17. This unit consists of a dome midrange-tweeter and ring shaped low midrange-woofer membrane, forming together a portion of pulsating sphere.
A true 4-way co-axial point source with no mechanical compromise, driven by a specific digital signal processing, able to outshine the Atlantis.
Dom25/13F15, BC12, BC13...these cold, technical names refer to the drive units that are the source of your emotional enjoyment of music. All the loudspeakers in the Idea ranges feature Cabasse’s latest innovations in co-axial technology and spatial coherency. Classical or modern; choose your loudspeakers for a perfect match with your interior decor. Whatever your choice, every system will offer the same sound signature, the one that has made Cabasse a worldwide reference among fans of live music for more than 60 years.
Performances inversely proportional to its size: Inspired by the famous Baltic line and based on the same principles of SCS technology, the iO2 System satellites take advantage of all the know-how of their big sisters. Only SCS (Spatially Coherent System) technology can give such a compact system the fundamental characteristics that all our speakers share: linearity, coherence, dynamics, power handling and absolute spatial coherency.
The column of sonic energy: The practice of Aikido is based on seeking harmony between body and soul, man and nature. Ki represents universal energy, the breath of life. The Ki System transmits a flow of sonic energy. It reflects sound mastery in a pure, slim design and gives the sound stage a striking impression of sharpness and homogeneity.
EGEA 3 - IROISE 3 - BORA - AMBROSE 3
Egea and Iroise, names of two seas that have, for 15 years, graced successful three-way tower speakers fitted with Cabasse’s unique co-axial midrange-tweeters. To be deserving these names, the new Egea 3 and Iroise 3 models had to pass a series of rigorous lab tests and listening room evaluation. They had to adhere to the absolute fidelity of the Cabasse Spatially Coherent System principles and show their ability to express all the nuances of music, presenting the listener with an emotionally stimulating experience of sound.
Designed in Brittany, France, at the Cabasse Acoustic Center, home to 60 years of acoustic innovations, Cabasse technology offers new discoveries in sound day after day. Traditional, futurist or integrated, whatever the look of the speaker system, you will know you own an innovative product meeting all the Cabasse acoustical demands. Accuracy, dynamic range and power handling. Qualities that make all our speakers a true reference in their category.
Nature revealed by technology: Bookshelf, floor standing speakers, surround units, centre channel, in-wall version, subwoofer... Dive into the heart of the action. New sober and elegant design of the cabinets, fidelity to atmosphere, dialogue, sonic attacks… the MT30 range offers constant acoustic and aesthetic homogeneity for stereo listening or home cinema viewing. The DOM36 midrange-tweeter including Cabasse AIRE technology provides the sound image realism aptly brought by the SCS concept.
Expression. Emotion. Experience.
Major innovation, the new MC40 range is dedicated to all the music lovers looking for a new high-fidelity experience. With the introduction of SCS high-end technology in this price segment, Cabasse invite you to discover a new sonic world rich of precision, realism and 3D sound stage. Fitted with the new BC10 2-way coaxial unit, the 3-way MC40 speakers bring live sound emotion with elegance and unrivalled value.
Integration, orientation, satisfaction: Miniature spheres only 4 inches in diameter, the new Alcyone satellites feature all the acoustical qualities of any Cabasse system : efficiency, power handling, transparency and stability of the sound stage. The Alcyone satellite has a new wide bandwidth high-efficiency driver for acoustic linearity, high output, and full spatial coherency, just like the rest of the Cabasse spherical line. This driver has been designed in the Cabasse Acoustic Center in France especially for the small spherical Alcyone enclosure.
Like the Greek letter we named it after, the PHI speakers combine the values of the circle and straight lines. The straight design of the cabinet underlines the soft curves of the lens housing the co-axial midrange tweeter unit for perfect integration around a flat screen. The rectangular cabinet express the fidelity in sound of the Cabasse technical solutions, the circle the Spatial Coherency System (SCS) principles and the unique ability of Cabasse co-axial drivers in providing a 3-dimentional sound-stage. The sweet spot becomes a wide circle to enable the emotions of the performance to be shared.
The Integration Line consists of 3 in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers: the Archipel range, the Antigua IW and the Minorca IW. The Archipel range of loudspeakers is designed for perfect integration in ceilings and walls, with no performance compromises. Developed with the same passion that goes into the technical and acoustic design of all Cabasse loudspeakers, the new Antigua IW combines discrete aesthetics and elegance with the Cabasse fidelity to live sound. Easy installation, easy matching to any amplifier, thanks to high efficiency and impedance, the Antigua IW is the high performance solution for domestic and professional installs, for stereo sound or for surround effects. Perfection in sound and integration.
Fitted with the co-axial midrange-tweeter BC10 and a new Duocell based 17cm woofer, Minorca IW is the first three-way in-wall speaker that combines all the sound qualities of the Cabasse SCS (Spatially Coherent Source) technology. The transparency and the realism of the soundstage are simply striking, with a unique stability and a depth that erases the walls. Walls in which the Minorca IW disappears, thanks to its ultra thin grille with magnetic link fastening.
The co-axial technology by Cabasse is a major innovation in the loudspeaker world because its principle is the closest proposal to the theoretical ideal. It results from the 60 years experience Cabasse has in driver design and development, and the new midrange-tweeter benefits from 20 years expertise in this type of speaker driver. The design differs dramatically from the vast majority of coaxial units on the market with the doughnut shaped mid range driver surrounding the soft dome tweeter as opposed to the more conventional dome and cone arrangement. Theoretically a much better solution without the inherent long horn loaded problems associated with positioning the tweeter at the centre of the midrange cone. The Duocell woofers are also unique to Cabasse and manufactured by one of the Cabasse group companies.
ARCHIPEL 17ICD, 17ICP, 17ICPS
The Archipel range of loudspeakers is designed for perfect integration in ceilings and walls, with no performance compromises. Developed with the same passion that goes into the technical and acoustic design of all Cabasse loudspeakers.
Antigua IW: Thanks to its ultra thin grille, with magnetic link fastening, which hides the new 17T20 IW woofer and DOM36 midrange tweeter, from the MT range of loudspeakers, the new Antigua IW combines discrete aesthetics and elegance with the Cabasse fidelity to live sound.
Fitted with the co-axial midrange-tweeter BC10 and a new Duocell based 17cm woofer, Minorca IW is the first three-way in-wall speaker that combines all the sound qualities of the Cabasse SCS (Spatially Coherent Source) technology.
New high-end satellite co-axial system: New from the Artis range, Riga is a very compact satellite fitted with a new 17 cm coaxial unit, mounted in a sphere half the volume of the one in Baltic Evolution, her bigger sister. Another Cabasse innovation to meet the demands of music and movie lovers looking for solutions with elegance and discrete aesthetic design.
To meet the challenges set by the requirements of the Riga design, three years intensive development went into the new BC17 driver. This unit consists of a dome midrange-tweeter and ring-shaped lower midrange-woofer membrane, forming together a portion of pulsating sphere. With the same constant control of the directivity all along its bandwidth whatever the application – floorstanders, on wall, or on its base - and the typical Cabasse transparency, sensitivity and power handling, Riga concentrates all the virtues of the SCS (Spatially Coherent System) principles developed by the Cabasse laboratory. Experience and share with Riga the joys of music and sound – every kind of music and every type of sound.
Baltic, the reference high-end compact satellite speaker: The fruit of an entire team’s passion for music and acoustics, the new Artis range concentrates the very latest Cabasse innovations in coaxial technology and mastery of vibratory phenomena. The Artis models were created to sublimate the acoustic qualities of the TC23 loudspeakers, and their lines and volumes will add elegance and purity to your musical world.