Avantgarde Acoustic - DUO XD

DUO XD

Welcome to the power of choice. The Duo XD is the actual version of the Duo, a horn system that is in the product portfolio since 1994. Featuring the same phenomenal spherical horn assembly combined with the significantly more powerful SUB231 XD subwoofer module. Born of the same heart, but with a different spirit. Darker. Sportier. Tauter.

The System
DUO XD Produktübersicht

Overview

DUO XD

  • 107 dB efficiency
  • 18 Ohm drivers with Alnico magnets
  • 670 mm spherical midrange horn
  • CDC system w/o passive filter
  • 100 V CPC crossover design
  • subwoofer with DSP control
  • 2 x 12 inch bass drivers
  • 1000 W bass amplifier
Midrange driver
DUO XD Produktübersicht

HORN

Horn type Spherical horn
Horn material ABS, pressure molded
Horn finish polished and lacquered
Horn dispersion angle 180 degrees
horn mouth area 0,353 sqm
horn diameter 670 mm
horn length 370 mm
CDC (Controlled Dispersion Characteristic) yes

HORN DRIVER

membrane diameter 170 mm
membrane material Soft Mesh
magnet material Alnico
Tweeter driver
DUO XD Produktübersicht

HORN

Horn type Spherical horn
Horn material ABS, pressure molded
Horn finish polished and lacquered
Horn dispersion angle 180 degrees
Horn area 0.025 sqm
Horn diameter 180 mm
Horn length 85 mm

HORN DRIVER

Membrane diameter 25 mm
Membrane material Mylar
Magnet material Ferrite
Subwoofer driver
DUO XD Produktübersicht

SUBWOOFER DRIVER

Driver diameter 300 mm/12“
Membrane material SCS reinforced paper
Magnet material Ferrite
Drivers per subwoofer 2
Subwoofer amplifier
DUO XD Produktübersicht

SUBWOOFER AMPLIFIER

Amplifier power (RMS) 1000 (2 x 500) Watt, Class-D
Active crossover programmable by built-in DSP
Subsonic filter programmable by built-in DSP
12V trigger input yes
Limiter yes
Programmable via LAN/USB yes/yes
Inputs, switchable 1 x speaker-level and 1 x XLR (f)
Loop-through output 1 x XLR (m)
Mechanical construction
Spezifikationen DUO Omega

MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION

Footing 4 custom made spike cones with precision adjusting mechanism
Frame Base frame from solid casted aluminium, 3 steel frame rails
Frame/cylinder connectors Solid aluminium spacers with aluminium tightening knobs (knurled surface)
Subwoofer cabinet Reinforced construction from 30 mm MDF
Subwoofer front cover 3-piece cover, 2 decorative panels and central cloth cover
Horn mounting Threaded connection for midrange and tweeter horns
Housing cylinder treatment Internal damping mats
Avantgarde Acoustic - DUO XD
Avantgarde Acoustic - DUO XD
DUO XD

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Individualisation

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Color of the Year 2017/18

Caribbean feeling included: until May 2018 the horns and the subwoofer panels of the DUO XD will be available in KOKOMO BEACH BLUE, at attractive conditions!

Color of the Year 2017
DUO XD in Kokomo Beach Blue

Test Reviews

THE RESULT? WELL EXTRAORDINARY!

""The result? Well, extraordinary! The sound turns into … music to be listened to, with eyes closed enjoying the naturalness of the timbre. Just magic! The soundstage is ...

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DETAIL, ACCURACY, COHERENCE, MICRO DYNAMICS AND COLORS

“We don’t remember of any other speaker that could perform such great dynamics and peaks of big orchestras and chorus without any compression and distortion like the DUO. It ...

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IN THE CONTRARY TO MANY HIGH-END LOUDSPEAKERS

“Sure if you can afford DUO OMEGA you could probably also afford much more expensive and thus even better amp. But in contrary to many high-end loudspeakers it is not a must ...

N THE CONTRARY TO MANY HIGH-END LOUDSPEAKERS

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I WAS KNOCKED OUT. SIMPLY STUNNING

"I was knocked out firstly by the look (of the DUO G2), then by the sound. You can rarely find such natural, responsive speaker as Avantgarde. Simply stunning." (ANALOG ...

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AS CHARMING AS A WONDERFUL DREAM

"It´s like a rebirth: the new DUO G2 arrived. It´s outstanding strength are human voices. I played Andrea Boccelli´s "Vivere". The opening is unbelievable powerful with a ...

DUO OMEGA - AUDIO ART, TAIWAN

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THE ENCHANTMENT OF A MERMAID

“The DUO G2 - the enchantment of the mermaid. The Avantgarde demonstrated a visceral sound with a dynamic, lightness and fast response of transients. As expected it was able ...

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TRUE TO LIFE IMAGING

“The DUO sound is high definition, and imaging is focused and delicate thanks to the system’s high sensitivity. The echo blends well to the sound. The reverb of instruments ...

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ITS A FEELING LIKE AN ICE-COLD BEER IN A SUMMER NIGHT

“Once you listen to the DUO, you will find no way to escape from its sound. Don´t try to resist. It´s a feeling like a glass of icy-cold beer in hot summer night. For those ...

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EFFORTLESS, EXTREMELY OPEN AND EMOTIONAL TOUCHING

“Without any doubt, the DUO MEZZO sounds effortless, extremely open and emotional touching. You must experience this by yourself, to understand. The totally unleashed dynamics ...

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THE DUO HAS AMAZED US. AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

“The sound performance of the DUO has amazed us - an unforgettable experience. The sound image is like virtual reality , making the speakers to totally disappear. The sound ...

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THE DUO IS SIMPLY THE FINEST HORN LOUDSPEAKER I HEARD

“The DUO is simply the finest horn loudspeaker we have ever heard, and we’ve heard plenty of them over the years. Amazingly, it isn’t even their top-of-the-line model. It ...

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THE SOUND IS CHARMING TO THE EARS

“An Avantgarde yet classical horn speaker system revived with today’s technology. The dynamic range of the DUO is huge, and the presentation is highly sensitive and precise. ...

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TO ROUND THIS UP: THE DUO IS AMAZING

“To round all this up, the Avantgarde hornspeaker is amazing. Even after hearing the DUOs it is like going from the Ferrari F40 to the Ferrari Enzo. For those looking for the ...

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THE DUO DO ALL THE TRICKS, PLUS A FEW NOT SO COMMON

"The DUOs do all of the normal audio tricks of imaging and soundstaging; plus a few not so common audio tricks like the realistic recreation of a living, breathing, soundspace; ...

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THE BEST SYMBIOSIS OF HORN AND CONVENTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

“The totally balanced combination reveals very fast - very much. The DUO sounds incredibly natural. There are simply no colorations! The competition had no chance when our ...

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INEXHAUSTIBLE DYNAMIC RESERVES

“The inexhaustible dynamic reserves of the DUO show the incredible strength of this set of horn satellite and active subwoofer. Drums sound totally unplugged. No peaks or ...

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BEAUTIFULLY SOUNDING SEDUCEMENT

“The DUO is a musical and beautifully sounding seducement. The DUO comes close to the listener, reaches him in every corner of his mind and floods the room with music – ...

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THE DUO IMMERSE ME IN AN MUSICALLY CONVINCING SOUNDSPACE

"The DUOs do all of the normal audio tricks of imaging and soundstaging; plus a few not so common audio tricks like the realistic recreation of a living, breathing, soundspace; ...

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THE NEIGHBOURS KEPT FINDING EXCUSES TO VISIT . . .

“These DUOs are one of the best speaker systems I’ve ever heard. I would have sworn Joan Armatrading was singing in my living room, but then so was Harry Christophers and ...

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A NEW ERA OF SPEAKER CONCEPT IN THE 21ST CENTURY

“The DUO is totally a new era of speaker concept in the 21st century. Every speaker design which should evolve in the future will trace its roots to the Avantgarde. … I ...

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WE WERE SWEPT AWAY BY THEIR MAGIC

“I want you to know that we really enjoyed the DUO demo. We were swept away with their magic. The combination of clarity, lack of distortion, and stupendous dynamics was most ...

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SIMPLY THE BEST I HAVE EVER HEARD

“These DUOs are simply the best I have ever heard. Nothing else has come so close to recreating the power and finesse of a full organ, or bringing a full orchestra into the ...

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DUO FANTASTICO

“Never before has a loudspeaker system impressed like this. Never before has music touched me with such enchanting powers of authenticity as when played back over the DUO. Its ...

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IT IS LIKE GOING FROM THE FERRARI F40 TO F50

“Going from the UNOs to the DUOs is like going from the Ferrari F40 to the F50. While the F40 is known to be a little twitchy yet excellent, the F50 is easier to drive around ...

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IT WENT BEYOND THE NEXT LEVEL

“The DUO captivated me with its musicality and unique qualities. In addition to the effortless and seemingly unlimited dynamics, the DUO system had an intimate quality that ...

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THE MOST FASCINATING AND FORMIDABLE SPEAKER

“The DUOs are far and away the most fascinating and formidable speakers I’ve yet encountered. If you want the music to grab you by the short ‘n’ curlies, to commune with ...

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THE REAL THING - FORGET THE AUDIOPHILE ARTEFACTS

"It’s about the music, remember? At least that’s what I ordered: Music, not muzak. How to tell the difference? Forget the audiophile artifacts. Holographic soundstaging. ...

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HORNMUSIC!

"Hornmusic!" A comprehensive review of the Duo hornsystem by Avantgarde Acoustic in the High Fidelity magazine of Denmark. An english translation is in process. (HIGH FIDELITY, ...

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THE PERFECT DUO

“I´m a concert junkie, and I´m really trying to recreate the feeling of being in Wigmore Hall or Concertgebouw. Those are the sort of models I have for what music should ...

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WHAT A TRIP!

“What a Trip! The DUO catapults you right into the centre of the music. It drags you along and offers a truly holistic lifetime experience. Furthermore along this hell of a ...

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THE DUO SURE RAISES THE BAR

"The DUOs have every attribute I ever wanted from a pair of speakers. And they do it so well that I sometimes forget that I‘m listening to a stereo system. Any form of music ...

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PURE DYNAMICS, WHICH PULLS YOUR FILLINGS

“Pure dynamic, which pulls your fillings. Pitch black bass, precise and with pressure. You clearly see the organ pipes in the depth of the room. Power and authority. The ...

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MUSIC AND LIFESTYLE - SIMPLE, CLEAN AND ELEGANT

“Music and lifestyle - simple, clean and elegant. Visually the DUO is like an element of style and art. A jewellery to elevate the decor of your house. Sonically it prooves ...

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YOU WILL BE TOTALLY DRAWN INTO THE MUSIC BY . . .

"With the Avantgarde Duo, regardeless of what music you are playing, you are not going to be a simple passive listener. But you will be totally drawn into the music by the ...

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SO MUCH GOES ON IN THE MIDRANGE

“So much goes on in the mid-range, and the DUO rewards its owner with excellent linearity, clarity, detail, separation of instrumetal lines, immediacy, and natural attack. ...

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EN GARDE! HORNED TO PERFECTION?

“The DUO breaks down the barriers between performance and reproduction in a way no conventional box loudspeaker can match. And such was the awesome tension and hair-curling ...

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THE HORNS SIMPLY REPRODUCE EVERY NUANCE OF THE RECORDING

"Both Duo horns are very powerful. The sound seems to virtually explode in front of you. The sound characteristics can be described as analytical and very detailled. The horns ...

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THE DUOS SOUNDED GLORIOUS

“The DUOs sounded glorious, and far less colored than any other speaker I’ve heard employing horn-loaded drivers. The sound of massed choral voices was particularly ...

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE

"Stupendous 120dB sound pressure can be easily achieved with tiny little amplifiers. Listening at original volume levels is a lot of fun with the DUO´s. Drums are exploding ...

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Awards

THE ULTIMATE AUDIOPHILE SPEAKER 2011, USA

THE 25 ULTIMATE AUDIOPHILE SPEAKERS OF ALL TIME

The editors of AudiophileReview.com recently sat down for a classic debate over what are truly the best, ultimate level loudspeakers of all-time.  A darling of the ...

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AUDIO VIDEO AWARD POLEN 2010

BEST QUALITY AND PRICE AWARD, POLAND

Avantgarde Acoustic™ Duo speaker system is honored with the BEST QUALITY/PRICE AWARD 2010 by the AUDIO VIDEO magazine , Polen.

AUDIO VIDEO BEST PRODUCT AWARD 2009 POLEN

BEST HIGH END PRODUCT AWARD 2009, POLAND

Avantgarde Acoustic™ Duo speaker system is honored with the BEST HIGH END PRODUCT AWARD 2009 by the AUDIO VIDEO magazine, Polen.

TOP DESIGN AWARD ITALY

TOP DESIGN AWARD 2005, ITALY

Avantgarde Acoustic™ s Duo speaker system is honored with the TOP DESIGN AWARD 2005 by the MILANO TOP AUDIO SHOW commitee , Milano, Italy.

SOUNDSTAGE REVIEWERS CHOICE AWARD

REVIEWERS CHOICE AWARD 2001, USA

Avantgarde Acoustic™ s Duo speaker system is honored with the REVIEWERS CHOICE AWARD 2001 by the SOUNDSTAGE magazine, USA.

Purity meets Performance

The question will come. At the latest at the sight of a DUO GROSSO in "Tourmaline Vivid Black". Or a TRIO CLASSICO with BASSHORN. Perhaps also when reading enthusiastic expressions from customers and experts. What's so special about Avantgarde Acoustic?

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Horn Technology

Our horn speakers stand for a timeless idea. The horn as an acoustic principle is the leading motif, the implementation in modern, high-quality products the great challenge.

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More than 100 years ago, Emil Berliner was the first to present his gramophone to the public. The horn funnel reinforced the mechanical vibrations of the needle in the record groove, making it audible for the human ear.

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