An Outstanding System for an Outstanding Venue.

The brand-new passive speaker design is based on the Amadeus’ top-of-the line Philharmonia powered speakers, which were initially created specifically in 2015 for the Philharmonie de Paris recording and mastering studios. The sonic philosophy of the Philharmonia Mini is inherited from the initial model, Philharmonia, which has been our ultimate reference throughout the development process, says Michel Deluc, Director of Research & Development for Amadeus.

Learn more about the Philharmonie de Paris…

The rock-like building of the Philharmonie de Paris offers innovative shapes to outside visitors. The spiraling polished steel structures surrounding the concert hall contrasts with its angled, matt aluminum envelope. At the heart of this jewel box is a 2400-seat symphonic hall with outstanding design, ergonomics and acoustics.

Designed by Jean Nouvel.

Jean Nouvel, the creator of the Philharmonie de Paris, is undeniably the most important and distinctive of all French contemporary architects. The monolith-like Philharmonia Mini displays a curved structure comprised of 288 wood veneers, accurately machined, aligned and glued, yielding a look that’s both simple and complex, timeless and beyond previous style. Philharmonia exhibits a certain idea of perfection through simplicity. It stands for elementary, essential and unique.

Learn more about Jean Nouvel…

His works have gained worldwide recognition through numerous prestigious French and International prizes and awards. In 1989, he was the recipient of Aga Khan Award for the Institute of the Arab World in Paris, for its role as “a successful bridge between French and Arab cultures.” In 2000, Jean Nouvel received the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. In 2001, he received three of the highest international awards: the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Praemium Imperiale of the Japan Art Association and the Borromini Prize for the Culture and Conference Center in Lucerne.

He was appointed Honorary Doctor of the Royal College of Art in London in 2002. Three years later, he received the annual prize of the Wolf Foundation in Israel “for providing a new model of contextualism and redefining the dialectic between the two salient characteristics of contemporary architecture: concreteness and ephemerality.” The next year, the Agbar Tower in Barcelona was awarded the International Highrise Award 2006 in Frankfurt, “as it makes an outstanding contribution to the current debate on high-rises.” Jean Nouvel was also the recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2008. In France, he received numerous prizes including the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture, two Equerres d’Argent and the National Grand Prize for Architecture.

Engineered by Amadeus.

For over twenty years, Amadeus has designed, built and marketed a wide range of electro-acoustical playback systems and very high-end signal processing equipment, bringing together high technology, style and emotion. Amadeus was founded in 1992 with the reunion between designer Bernard Byk and scientist Michel Deluc, and today Amadeus has become a reference brand for sound professionals.

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Amadeus enjoys close ties with major musical and scientific institutions, both national and international. Its list of long-standing French clients includes IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre National de Marseille, Opéra de Lyon, Philharmonie de Paris, Cité de la Musique, la Gaîté Lyrique, among others.

From the onset, Amadeus has housed a scientific research and conceptualization department, led by Michel Deluc, dedicated to, among other things, the design of custom-made acoustical and electro-acoustical solutions for a wide range of clients, including theaters, opera houses, studios, musicians, producers, composers, multidisciplinary artists, research centers, and more…

When Design Influences Technology.

The new Philharmonia Mini speaker design features a curved structure that is both simple and complex, consisting of 288 wood veneers
accurately machined, aligned and glued, offering a distinctive look and volume.

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The speaker in itself (resonance volume) features a 432mm height with a 353mm depth. The cabinets are custom manufactured from layered Birch and stand 1.23 meters tall. The speaker enclosure features a unique hybrid laminar port using progressive termination inspired by the original Philharmonia.
Machined into the wood material along the full height of the speaker system, the very low velocity port yields optimal linearity for the lowest possible distortion.

A Highly Complex Internal Structure.

The distinctive construction technique of Philharmonia Mini helps neutralize standing waves affecting sonic clarity and low-frequency definition, through an extremely complex internal structure using a combination of interlocking panels arranged in two perpendicular planes, each hosting several tuned notch resonators.

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This allows a dramatic decrease in sound coloration through a crossed structure of longitudinal and transverse reinforcements. This proprietary technique is in part inspired by Amadeus-designed professional Mains monitoring systems used in large recording studios, the ‘crossed structure’ itself drawing on aircraft manufacturing processes,
particularly wing design.

Outstanding Spatial Dispersion Control.

The Philharmonia Mini 2-way, passive speakers feature the original Philharmonia' 28-mm soft-domed tweeter and a custom 170-mm woofer, for an amplitude linearity range (±2dB) from 54 Hz to 22 kHz, and a cut-off frequency (-6dB) of 44 Hz. The high-frequency driver features very low dielectric losses and high thermal conductivity, loaded behind a fast exponential waveguide machined in wood, which yields exceptional control over spatial dispersion.

A Minimalist Passive Filter Design.

The pedestal contains the passive components inside the lower part of the speaker enclosure, including the custom Amadeus-designed passive crossover. The outstanding sonic performance of the resistors, capacitors and inductors is achieved through a unique combination of advanced technologies, meticulously researched.

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The passive filter design philosophy matches the aesthetic of the speaker. It is very minimalist. The passive crossover features a subtle combination of two different orders, inducing an absolutely perfect phase summation between the two speakers, and an excellent impulse response,
says Michel Deluc, Director of Research & Development for Amadeus.

When Distinctiveness Rhymes with Legitimacy.

Philharmonia’s legitimacy stems from the prestigious legacy gained by Amadeus in the professional audio world over the last 25 years. Our users list includes the greatest sound engineers, mixers and producers in France and throughout the world.

Find out a few of those names…

Etienne Colin (‘The Artist’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, OSS 117 Soundtrack, Jacques Dutronc…)

Jeff Ginouves (Michel Petrucciani, Aldo Romano, Kellylee Evans…)

Steven Forward (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Depeche Mode, Paul Mc Cartney, Stevie Wonder…)

Olivier Lude (M, Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Hallyday…)

Andy Wallace (Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, Paul McCartney…)

Michael Brauer (John Mayer, Coldplay…)

Chris Lord-Alge (David Bowie, Muse…)

Tony Maserati (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Jason Mraz, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Notorious BIG, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Puff Daddy, Tupac Shakur…)

Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Peter Gabriel, The Black Keys, U2…)

Joe Chiccarelli (Kurt Elling, Elton John, Etta James, Jamie Cullum, Al Stewart…)

Manny Marroquin (Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Usher…)

Eddie Kramer (The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Rob Chapman, Carlos Santana, Joe Cocker…)

Al Schmitt (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Madonna, Michael Jackson…)

Tom Elmhirst (U2, Arcade Fire, Beck, Adele, Michael Bublé, Haim, The Civil Wars)

Jimmy Douglass (Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Foreigner, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC…)

Jack Joseph Puig (Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, Mary J. Blige, Eric Clapton)

Andrew Scheps (Michael Jackson, Iggy Pop, Quincy Jones, Red Hot Chili Peppers…)

Alan Meyerson (Man of Steel, Gladiator, Inception, Batman: The Dark Knight...)

Dennis Thompson (Marcus Miller, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot, Jimmy Cliff…)

Unmatched Dual Expertise.

Having acoustics and electro-acoustics match up is a basic premise of our design philosophy when designing and outfitting spaces dedicated to creation, mixing, mastering, postproduction or dubbing, or just high-level listening, among other tasks. Our transversal approach and dual expertise have made us able to create perfectly imagined spaces where the acoustical response has been perfected, ready to house the monitoring systems we design in parallel.

We have many successes in the field of acoustical and/or electro-acoustical custom design.

Find out a few of our clients…

Creative Sound (Taken 3, Paradise Lost, Gemma Bovery, Diana, Homefront, Limitless…)

Question de Son (Kanye West, Gregory Porter, Akhenaton, IAM, Keziah Jones, Meshell Ndegeocello…)

Studios de la Chine (Michel Jonasz…)

Matthieu Chedid

NRJ Group

Twin Studios (Charles Aznavour, Joe Cocker, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones…)

Maison de la Culture du Japon

Martin Solveig

Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM)

Bertrand Burgalat

La Fabrique

Octavox

Besco

Mange Disques Studio

Stephane Thiebaut

Nathaniel Mechaly (Revolver, La Boîte Noire, Taken, Colombiana…)

Yves Jaget (Indochine, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Mylene Farmer, Pat Metheny…)

Schmooze (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lancôme Magnifique, Dior Homme Sport, Cartier The Proposal…)

Skyman Entertainment

Masterdisk Europe (Cerrone, Maitre Gims, The Voice, Rohff, Grand Corps Malade, IAM…)

Soyuz Studios

Philippe Brun

Kilomaitre Production

Yohann Zveig (UEFA Europa League, Paris Rock Orchestra…)

Youssou NDour

Marielle et Katia Labèque

Testimonials



  • Experiencing the Philharmonia, perceiving their transparency, smoothness, and accuracy – and discovering or rediscovering musical masterpieces – is a unique, sensory and artistic experience.


    Thierry Coduys (Recording Engineer, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Marielle & Katia Labèque…)

  • Philharmonia is an innovative, intoxicating and uncompromising speaker system, which offers experienced mixing engineers a terrific monitoring tool capable of making sublime recordings. I am able to perceive and distinguish the intrinsic characteristics of the greatest monitoring systems – timbral transparency, extended bandwidth, perfect impulse response, wide and accurate stereo image, outstanding layering of sound planes – all crowned by remarkable dynamics.


    Jean Marc Harel (Mixing Engineer, Chaillot National Theater, La Gaîté-Lyrique)

  • Philharmonia is a brilliant and subtle mix of uncompromising research in the design and combination of components, combined with a perfect mastery of sound and style, orchestrated by passionate people at the forefront of design and innovation


    Pierre Le Cardinal (Mixing & Recording Engineer, La Gaîté-Lyrique)

  • Each time Amadeus engineers design a monitoring speaker, one can gently feel that research is mainly oriented to get a musical result. I praise the ‘transparent sound’ philosophy inherent to Amadeus systems, and the refusal to ‘standardize’ sound signature or color. I enjoy as well the expertise of the backing performed by Amadeus teams. This implication is typical of your motto: to reach the best possible adaptation of the audio system to its environment, and to fine-tune it to get the best results.


    Bruno Morain (Mixing & Recording Engineer, Philharmonie de Paris)

Specifications


Acoustical Specifications

Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) : 90 dB
Amplitude linearity (±2dB) : 54 Hz - 22 kHz
Cut-off frequencies (-6dB) : 44 Hz
Peak SPL 1-meter (IEC Short Term) : 112 dB peak
Peak SPL 1-meter (Pair, IEC Short Term) : 118 dB peak


Technical Specifications


Transducer (HF) : Ø 28 mm soft dome
Transducer (LMF) : Ø 170 mm bass driver
Recommended Power : 50 - 300W/8Ω
Dimensions (H x W x D) : 1230 x 245 x 353 (mm)

Listen to the Philharmonia Mini!

Experiencing the Philharmonia Mini, perceiving their transparency, smoothness, and accuracy – and discovering or rediscovering musical masterpieces – is a unique, sensory and artistic experience. To an experience that’s hard to describe – it's just something you have to experience for yourself!

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