Usher Audio Dancer Series Mini One Diamond DMD Loudspeakers A loudspeaker sure to turn heads! Review By Anthony Nicosia

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Usher Audio Dancer Mini One Diamond DMD Loudspeakers

A sure to turn heads.

U Audio was first established in Taiwan by its owner and head Lien-Shui Tsai. Since it has moved into its newly factory located in the city of with a population of just one million people. Looking to website one finds a brief that seems to sum up the Usher “There are no accidents”.

The people at Audio are scientifically oriented to the of having even developed own computer-based measuring system they claim is now an industry in factories throughout Asia. manufacturers adhere to the concept listening test are the answer for great audio equipment.

At the thought is in understanding to measure the parameters, the ones that matters and which actually the largest impact on music. at the world-wide reviews of their loudspeakers it seems they just have hit upon a way to correlate the connection between and sonic performance.

Usher’s lineup consists of bookshelf as as floor standing systems for two channel audio and home setups with subwoofers if you so desire. Want something a different, check out their D3 weighing in at 690 lbs. apiece and a horn high frequency driver. Now that is something I love to get my hands on.

Do you need an rack or loudspeaker stands, not to they make them as Maybe you prefer building own loudspeakers, again not a problem for sell a lineup of loudspeaker for the do-it-yourselfers. If you are wondering about check out their web site as take the guess work out of as well, with their own (150 wpc @ 8 Ohms, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)

The Package Arrives

For those who ones loudspeakers delivered the utmost of care you will be to know Usher uses when shipping out to dealers. loudspeaker comes double and are further protected with Styrofoam inserts. The unit’s bases were also separately sending the grand to four boxes in all, very carefully bound on a large wooden pallet.

The behind shipping with a is to prevent boxes from tossed around carelessly the truck by providing a heavy base. During the unpacking care must be taken not to the dome tweeter as it lay exposed and The 7” woofer came with a cloth covering which the initial setup was removed by me to enhance sound reproduction.

Installing the heavy metallic proved to be easy once it was how to tackle the problem. Turning the upside down on its flat top to be the easiest solution as then the could be screwed in and later right-side up for final placement. base comes with large cones, four and four flat discs for on either carpeted or non-carpeted

In my house, with wooden spikes and discs were to protect them from Once installed it was quite to move either loudspeaker due to the coating under each These discs protected my during their constant for positioning within my room proper placement was established.

As for the themselves, their enclosures are of MDF covered with solid veneer formed to shape loudspeaker. It takes time and complicated equipment to bend in such a way as not to show a seam the back of the loudspeakers. All that seemed to pay off though as they quite attractive displayed my reference system.

For me it was definitely a wife acceptance factor their size, shape and

Technical Details

The Mini are a two-way system with a published sensitivity rating of This makes for a low efficient allowing for me to turn up the volume on my preamplifier a bit more than Putting things into my Legacy Focus 20/20 have a 96dB sensitivity while the Klipsch Klipschorn in at a 104dB rating.

Not to fear as my seventy-watt (as run in mono block for this review) Monarchy SM-70 PRO amplifiers never ran out of The Mini One’s employ Usher’s new DMD Technology. Here you will a 1.25” Diamond DMD dome in use, the same as found on more expensive models.

The is made from a synthetic which according to Usher’s is as follows.

“The DMD done is a diamond dome with a mass and a well-controlled, appealing signature, resembling very a perfect piston in its behavior. is made possible by its laminated structure, which consists of a metal alloy base coated with an amorphous carbon layer (pure carbon has mixed sp3 and sp2 bonds to its desirable properties) on both The base metal layer of the DMD dome tames all the diamond unfavorable sonic traits and out the best of both materials.”

All their tweeters use Usher’s technology which allows the to move outward and backward in a motion for accurate reproduction of the music material. On the back of the One’s are terminals for either a or bi-wired setup. The Monarchy were run as mono blocks in a setup which is how I almost normally use them.

Let The Music

A rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74 [2L 71] recoded at the Sofienberg Church in April 2009 is nicely on the SACD/Hybrid CD String Quartets by the at 2L. Here the string quartet back through the Mini One’s the natural spaciousness of the church still retaining a very connection with the listener.

gave off a slightly forward presentation with recordings. For me is more preferable than one creates a tendency to put the listener back from the event and oneself from the performance. while not very deep each loudspeaker had the ability of into the room in front of, and to the sides of each Mini

These loudspeakers made it to get lost, enjoying the music, not drawing unnecessary attention to

Music emanated from the room instead of the loudspeakers, a well-focused soundscape to render the of live performers in front of me. is not an easy task to do or even especially at the Mini One’s low selling price. On YO-YO- MA Songs of Joy Peace CD [Sony 88697-2414-20] the sound of YoYo cello was full and alive.

strings could be heard as music escaped from inside this wood The decay of notes fading was especially evident throughout the album. Sitting back to as James Taylor sang, Comes The Sun made me take a breath while taking in all the details of his voice which the One’s had fleshed out. Want to some great harmony, try the Mini One’s with the Assad Family on Familia.

the performance of Angelina, Badi, and Clarice Assad where as they captured this intimate performance with all natural chemistry and playfulness. The singers could be seen up in a row left to right with the of Yo-Yo-Ma’s cello chiming in to a magical spell around

Turning to another recording 2L, Come Away Death [2L 63] we William Shakespeare’s poem, of the title, taken from his Twelfth Night (from the 1601). This poem is put to by Sergej Osadchuk, piano and Beate Kielland, vocals. Kielland’s voice sounded as if floating in the space between loudspeaker with a true of height above a wide soundscape.

Equally impressive was the of Sergej Osadchuk playing in the clear and spacious with the transients of notes slowly away. Not flat or two-dimensional was a nice holographic effect pianist and vocalist as they together lending a lifelike to this performance.

On to something we next visit with The Stones on their Beggars [abkcd 95392] hybrid for the sound of some light and roll. Here the Mini performed admirably rendering images within a large soundscape to rival those selling for many thousands of more. The Mini One’s added joy when listening to recordings as on “Sympathy For The Devil the opening drum sequence was clear and forthright.

With a toe in, of about one inch towards the seat, things seemed focused, with both and vocals easily recognizable for of timbre and layering. Musical is a that comes to mind listening to the Mini One’s as “sang” within my reference with their ability to textural differences.

Mid-bass as as high frequency extension was noticeable as guitar notes true accompanied by the sound of a and tight drum display. On Doctor the opening duet of remained distinctly unique vocal content of a very content. As a harmonica played any signs of edginess, one could well into the back of the

Where the Mini One‘s not as impressive was with their to produce the lowest frequencies but into this review I there would be limits. we are looking at the lower end of the Usher lineup and are dealing with a inch mid-low range

Be warned though before any hasty judgments for during break-in period of 180 plus they did change considerably. By the end of time the Mini One’s pumping out some impressive frequency bass notes as to their out of the box sound.

While my Legacy Focus with their $6500 price tag (depending on finish), 12” woofer and two 12” sub woofers, did go lower the Ones shocked me with the firm bass it’s inch driver could On Maria Maria from Santana’s Supernatural [ARISTA cranking up the volume produced very satisfying quality While it did not shaking the floor it was non-the-less.

Bravo to the Mini Onefor doing so much with a arsenal of drivers and all on a reasonably budget (relatively speaking for audio gear). While not you would find me recommending for who feel the need to have the word in low frequency extension, it was a I found hard to turn off of its many positive traits.

For who crave more you could elsewhere among Usher’s lineup. My thoughts would be to go up the Dancer Series to the Mini ($4999) with an extra 7” the CP-8571 ($10,799 with its 8 driver) or the CP-8871 ($14,599 and its two 8 drivers) or perhaps the BE-10 with a 1.25 tweeter, 5 woofer and 11 low-bass woofer). For me it was the that made me drool to think of it.

Who knows, perhaps at the show I might just get my to listen. Oh yes, if you want to even more in that for those last few lower maybe you could look to the Series BE-20 ($21,199) its 1.25 tweeter, 5 mid-low and two 11 low-bass woofers. Back now to the they did seem to correctly the tone of Everlast’s voice on Put Lights On as the opening guitar brought me close to center

The sound of guitar was rich details and full of texture a good time to be had for all who chanced by to

From a previous review I had on the new Parasound JC 3 phono stage was found to sound very through the Mini One’s. this in mind the temptation to over to LP playback was just too not that I never need of a nudge in that direction The vocal power and inflections of Pavarotti’s fine tenor is on full display with the LP, in Concert [London OS26391] on the “La Danza (Rossini)”.

Here the of both woodwind and string was correctly captured due to the speed of the One’s drivers. The playful blending of two sections was quite pleasing Pulling out the original master of Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat LP [Mobile Sound Lab MFSL 1-009] to the title song has always a pleasure.

The beginning features a nicely down keyboard piece and a surprise powerful … of The Mini One’s pulled off without a snag as it played those mid-bass notes a vengeance to the delight of all. was well layered, guitar, percussion, alto sax, and vocal.

Each piece to the was kept separate and distinct a realistic soundscape that my room. Nice, neat, the Mini One’s do it all.

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has a favorite Beatle, mine John Lennon, but when to the original 1965 Rubber [Capitol Records C1 0777 7 1 3] LP, the song “Michelle” featuring McCarthy has always impressed me. is one of those classic love he is famous for.

With the One’s soundscape layering is laid out with George and John Lennon singing on the left side of the stage, McCarthy on the right with Starr supporting the cast drums behind Paul. who forgot how good they should listen to this LP the Mini One’s. The final selection for today was from the Mason Alone Together LP on 180 gram virgin vinyl.

On Stop Worrying Can’t Loving” Dave Mason excellent, as did the rest of the band. The to hear each musician located in their own space on enhanced the musical experience. The revealing Mini One’s the enjoyment found from to good recordings yet did the opposite poor ones, as good are supposed to do.

They showed impact on mid-bass and were with vocals making you sit up and notice. Listening to this through the Mini One’s was a pleasure I did tire of and made me feel the for having heard.

In Conclusion

You might very well be by these Mini One loudspeakers Usher Audio’s Dancer Unlike their name suggest their sound is but mini. Music was relaxing at all volumes, while creating a well focused soundstage of ample height as well as Their presentation of music was and seamless to the point that it was to break away from.

As for imaging it was so precise as to startle you their reality. Given break-in time the bass considerably and while not recommended for hard rocker fans, the One’s certainly did more impress me with what could do. Do not get me wrong, these are not shy loudspeakers by any means, but they not designed to give you floor bass.

For that be prepared to a little more as you look in the Dancer Series lineup of If you get a chance check out the Mini they just might be all you need, depending of course on size and musical tastes. As a to their physical beauty and accomplishments when my wife was the transport company was coming to them back she said so soon”.

For me, they certainly be missed.

The Listening Environment

The room is eighteen feet inches long by thirteen wide with loudspeakers and kept on the short wall. The ceiling starts at eight from the short wall upwards reaching a height of feet in the middle of the room.

The floor has a nine foot by six oriental rug lying down the ways facing toward the placed … center in yet not under, the listener and the review The room has no doors but there are two One opening is in front of the right giving access to the hallway the other is behind the listening which opens into a dining area with a that seats eight

The room is treated with floor standing acoustical whose placement varies on which loudspeakers are used and position within the room. All the equipment is located in a Cherry Twin S30 Salamander audio placed about a foot from and in the middle of the short opposite the listening position. conditioners are all located on the hardwood behind and to the left of the audio

Review Equipment

Placette Preamplifier (the three version)

Monarchy Audio Amplifiers (two run in mono configuration)

OPPO Digital Special Edition Universal

Oracle Delphi MK 1 Turntable, 707 Tone arm with custom interconnects

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