ACE™ – SMART™ – TOP-ACT™ – Intelli-Q™ – L PowR™
These breakthrough technologies are unique to Parallel Audio loudspeakers. True to our commitment to excellence, they’re what make the Parallel Audio Project special. These proprietary trailblazing methods are why the Project to sounds superior to any other loudspeaker at any price.
What are they all about? To start, L PowR stands for Linear Polar-omnidirectional-width Response. This is the key to the Parallel Project that creates whole room clarity and realistic sound. By filling your entire room with full range sound equally to all corners, you hear the recording in all its glory.
Intelli-Q, Intelligent Quality Quotient, is the key to tight, powerful bass. The kind of bass you get with live music performed by live musicians. From years of intense research the reality of a kick drum thud, or a crisp slap of a double bass pluck has now been made possible through our carefully calculated Q quotient. No other speaker has the precisely applied Q of the Parallel subwoofer.
Next is the TOP-ACT, Tri-Operation Professional Active Crossover Tools. The crossover is the heart of a speaker. These exclusive tools keep your bass un-muddled by midrange, the midrange free from grain, and your treble crisp and clear. Each range is separated from the others so they blend together in your room, not in the amp and wires.
Further refining the sound is SMART, Secured Musical Acoustic Rectification Technology, another Parallel exclusive. By securing and isolating driver backwave, the pure waves projected into your room are acoustically rectified from any interference.
Last, but not least, is our ACE in the hole, the Atmospheric Compression Equalization, which insures internal cabinet air is balanced with the external barometric pressure. Without this last step, the performance would be compromised. The number one priority, the hallmark of Parallel Audio, is uncompromising quality.
Impressive, no? All those cute acronyms are used to heighten the prosaic with high-tech sounding terminology suggesting years of concentrated research. They imply millions of dollars worth of trial & error, testing, and time spent on perfecting technology that has never even been thought of before now. Here to support big claims, they are a grotesque attempt to bamboozle the naive into thinking that Parallel Audio has proprietary technology no one else has.
Let’s look closer. The truth is worth investigating. Those adorable double entendres are there to make you go ooh and aah. They’re really circumlocutions, roundabout ways of saying something that could have been said directly without pretense.
For instance, L PowR is nothing more than a flat frequency response in all directions around the speaker, front, sides, and rear. Nothing new, although, it is uncommon. Yet it shouldn’t be, because it’s one of the keys for natural sounding speakers, neither bright, nor muddy.
Anything called intelligent or genius can, out of hand, be immediately dismissed. If it’s really intelligent or genius, it’ll be self evident. In this case, Intelli-Q is simply low Q. It’s the means for the reproduction of well controlled bass frequencies with good transient response and little overhang. Higher Qs produce louder bass from less amplifier power, but at the cost of ringing or booming. A low Q combined with proven acoustic suspension technology has been around for decades. Not only is it better, the big kicker is, it’s easier.
TOP-ACT is simply a three-way active crossover. Active crossovers are commonly used in professional applications and recording studios. It’s good practice, but again, for consumer speakers, it’s rare. For high-end speakers (those costing more than a few thousand USD), not using an active crossover is remiss. Passive crossovers have no place in any serious audio system.
SMART is stupid simple. It merely means a sealed cabinet that isolates the drivers’ inverse phase backwave from interfering with the sound from the front of the drivers, and just as importantly, doing it without using the crutch of a port to artificially boost the bass—a crutch that makes sloppy bass. Ports, or vented enclosures (a.k.a. bass reflex), are the norm, even in very expensive speakers. But sealed enclosures perform, measure, and sound better. Ports have no place in any serious audio system for home use.
ACE is even simpler. It’s a small hole drilled in to the speaker cabinet to allow the atmospheric pressure to equalize inside the enclosure.
None of these silly pseudonym technologies are new, unique, proprietary, nor in any way exceptional. They’ve all been known for over half a century. There are no breakthroughs, blazed trails, or years of grinding research. What is exceptional is that few speaker makers apply all of these techniques simultaneously. The takeaway is : all are basic, well established speaker design principles for producing clean, clear, realistic sound in ordinary rooms. Nothing mysterious, no genius required. They’re not high-tech. They’re just plain, simple, good physics.