The desktop active wireless loudspeaker category has become rather interesting for the simple reason that manufacturers are working extremely hard to create products that not only deliver surprisingly great sound quality but genuine solutions for those of us who work at a desk all day. The pandemic changed how we work and that has become a real opportunity for those paying attention.
The AirPulse A100 Active Loudspeakers from Platinum Audio Systems UK have a rather interesting origin; the man behind the designs will be familiar to audiophiles who remember the rather large Air Pulse 3.1 Loudspeaker system that won the Japanese Audio Society’s “Golden Sound Award” in 1998 and other designs he created for Boston Acoustics, Acoustic Energy, VitaVox, and Edifier.
AirPulse products are designed in the UK, offering both passive and active loudspeakers for the home as well as PA systems.
What’s in the Box?
The A100s arrived in a heavy cardboard shipping carton without a lot of fanfare, but opening the package revealed a well thought out kit consisting of the loudspeakers, a set of wedges to help angle the speakers for desktop use, remote control, 3.5mm to RCA cable, RCA cable, USB cable, fiber optic cable, power cable, a speaker interconnect cable (EIC-04 DIN connectors (5-pin 180°) and a cleaning cloth.
Each loudspeaker measures 10″ H x 6.25″ W x 11.25″ D and are rather hefty at 12 pounds apiece. The cabinets are .75″ MDF lined with anti-resonance film on the interior walls and finished in a very attractive piano lacquer with the option of white, black, and bright red finishes.
The front of the cabinets feature the horn-loaded ribbon tweeter and 5-inch midrange/woofer. The primary/active loudspeakers also features a small, horizontal bar below the woofer that provides users with the source information.
Both cabinets feature rear ports on the top of the enclosure and the primary loudspeaker is designed with the internal amplifier on the bottom of the rear panel; the passive loudspeaker features a DIN connector as well.
The aforementioned horn-loaded aluminium ribbon tweeter is shared by all of the A-Series models (waveguide size varies with each model) and allows for high sensitivity, very fast transient response and improved resolution. According to Jones, the A100’s frequency response climbs to almost 42 kHz.
Another advantage of the tweeter design is that it focuses the energy toward the listener which improves on-axis performance while minimizing undesired reflections from the room.