Aria MHT: High Quality Monitor as in Hobby HiFi 3/08

Aria MHT aus HH 3/2008
Technical data
- rated SPL: 84 dB (2.83V, 1m)
- frequency range (-3dB): 80 - 40 kHz
- impedance: 6 Ohm
- crossover frequency: 5 kHz
- size (HxWxD): 27 x 16 x 16 cm
- speaker type: bass reflex

The Aria MHT is a Visaton design with Visaton magnetostats MHT 12 and the top notch Visaton TI 100, titanium midrange driver.

Excerpt from the review in Hobby HiFi 3/2008

... "Placed on sand filled Atacama speaker stands approx. 30 cm away from the wall, these speakers displayed a surprisingly low bass. All right, with the right music material it was noticeable that this was a bit cheated: Ray Brown's double bass (We get Requests, Oscar Peterson Trio) lacked the necessary body. "The Cost of Freedom" by Marla Glen on the other hand, was rich and voluminous. Afterwards we added the subwoofer. After some experimenting the crossover control was set to just above medium. This way the Ladylike subwoofer fitted the two TI 100 perfectly. Now, Ray Brown's double bass sounded the way it should be: deep and tight. Once again the use of the subwoofer displayed a considerably enlarged and more realistic sound stage. At the 2006 fair in Gelsenkirchen we demonstrated this effect with great success. Nobody noticed that really small speakers were at work. Visaton's magnetostatic tweeter again displayed a pleasantly soft and well balanced sound with absolutely convincing resolution and great attention to detail. The midrange scintillated with crystal clear and concise vocals. Great! Obviously, there limitations regarding the dynamics. The TI 100 with not much more than 50 square centimetres of radiating area has to work really hard when low bass has to be reproduced. Even though this driver doesn't radiate much below 80 Hz the amplification is absorbed and turned into mechanical diaphragm movement. That's the main reason the volume cannot be turned up that much."
... Verdict:
"The Aria MHT is first of all a really tempting small loudspeaker with a sound that suggests - up to medium volume - a much bigger cabinet. In conjunction with the Ladylike subwoofer the sound becomes an experience that would give credit even to really big speakers."

Our kit consists of

- Visaton MHT 12 magnetostat
- Visaton TI 100 midrange driver
- round terminal with gold plated brass binding posts
- 1/4 bag damping fleece
- BR 6.8 bass reflex tube (or equivalent BR30)
- 2 metres loudspeaker cable 2x 1.5 mm2
- 12 PAN screws
- LP 05, universal PCB
  the crossover components (right)
- the building instructions
- 2x 0.47 mH air core coil, 1 mm
- 1.0 mH air core coil / 0.7 mm
- 0.22 mH air core coil / 0.7 mm
- 2x 1 μF ELCO, non-etched
- 4.7 μF ELCO, non-etched
- 22 μF ELCO, etched
- 1.5 μF MKP capacitor
- 1 5 Ohm MOX10 resistor (brown-green-gold)
- 6.8 Ohm MOX10 resistor (blue-grey-gold)
- 8.2 Ohm MOX10 resistor (grey-red-gold)
- 10 Ohm MOX10 resistor (brown-black-black)

Our Aria MHT kit
Price per speaker (without cabinet)   EUR 571,00 excl. VAT: € 479.83 / $ 513.42

If you intend using this speaker with a valve amp an impedance correction should be used.
We recommend the following components:
- 0.15 mH air core coil / 0.7 mm
- 10 μF ELCO, non-etched
- 10 Ohm MOX10 resistor (brown-black-black)
Price per impedance correction, to be mounted on wood   EUR 8,90 excl. VAT: € 7.48 / $ 8.00

Aria MHT with high quality components

For the high-end version we recommend in the path to the Visaton TI 100 cfc copper foil coils and MKP capacitors throughout. In the path to the magnetostat a low-loss Mundorf Supreme CAP is being used.
Our recommendations:
- 2x 0.47 mH cfc16 copper foil coil
- 1.0 mH baked varnish coil / 0.7 mm
- 0.22 mH baked varnish coil / 0.7 mm
- 0.47 μF MKP capacitor
  (instead of 2 x 1 μF in series)
- 4.7 μF MKP capacitor
- 22 μF MKP capacitor
- 1.5 μF Mundorf MKP Supreme capacitor
- 1.5 Ohm MOX10 resistor (brown-green-gold)
- 6.8 Ohm MOX10 resistor (blue-grey-gold)
- 8.2 Ohm MOX10 resistor (grey-red-gold)
- 10 Ohm MOX10 resistor (brown-black-black)

Our Aria MHT kit with high-end components
Price per speaker (without cabinet)   EUR 650,00 excl. VAT: € 546.22 / $ 584.45

As impedance correction we recommend the components above since higher quality components won't improve on the sound. Upon request a high-end version is available for the Ladylike subwoofer

Original Visaton DIY kit with assembled crossover

If you don't want a DIY crossover kit we recommend the original Visaton kit.

Original Visaton DIY kit
Price for a pair of speakers (without cabinet)   EUR 1160,20 excl. VAT: € 974.96 / $ 1043.21

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