Ophidian was founded in 2011 to produce high-quality British-made loudspeakers that outperform their physical dimensions. All Ophidian loudspeakers feature the unique AEROFLEX bass topology, ensuring clean and accurate bass reproduction even from the most miniature cabinets.
Every cabinet is hand built in Sheffield, England, with assembly and quality checking completed at Ophidian HQ in North West England near Liverpool. Hundreds of hours of design, prototyping, measurement and listening tests have gone into creating each Ophidian loudspeaker by designer Gareth James.
AEROFLEX is a unique bass-loading method that enables even the most compact cabinets to deliver clean, accurate bass. Ported or reflex speakers, as they are often commonly known, re-use what would otherwise be wasted energy from the rear of the bass driver to boost the low frequencies.
Unfortunately, in most systems, the port size is inadequate, and unwanted noise and distortion occur at high volumes or even during short musical peaks.
AEROFLEX drastically lowers air velocity by utilizing a much larger and longer port system, properly controlling the driver throughout its stroke. This dramatically enhances dynamic range and ensures the speaker produces the same tonal balance at high and low volume levels.
The port is built into the cabinet, enhancing structural rigidity and improving the midrange quality. The electrical crossovers in all Ophidian loudspeakers use components from industry leaders Mundorf of Germany, including audiophile-grade capacitors, pure oxygen-free copper coils and metal-oxide film resistors.
Using high-quality components ensures signal integrity is preserved from beginning to end and music sounds as it should.
All Ophidian loudspeakers feature drive units designed to deliver music as free from distortion and colouration and as naturally as possible. The tweeter units, from renowned manufacturer SEAS of Norway, feature Sonolex-coated fabric diaphragms that provide a detailed yet smooth performance that is easy to listen to for long periods.