What is Mastertunings?
Mastertunings is something unique for our active speakers. With such advanced DSP capabilities, we can offer, in a nutshell, multiple speakers in one. Changing the Mastertuning can completely alternate the speaker's sound and build construction, so it can be directly tailored to your needs or taste.
Mastertunings is downloadable files that can be loaded into each speaker with the use of a USB stick (included). It's very easy and fast to change Mastertunings. If you what a text guide on how to do this, click HERE otherwise here is a video :
When you read this, please keep in mind that terms used to describe sound are very subjective, and we might use them in a slightly different way that you would, but we do hope our description will still give you a good idea what to expect from each tuning.
Another thing to remember is that room acoustics play a big role in sound as well, so you might experience something a little different from what we describe because the acoustics in rooms are very different.
That being said, we do hope you will enjoy this ever evolving feature of our speakers. Should you have any further questions on the tunings, or the use of them, you can ask questions in our forum (https://forum.buchardtaudio.com/forum), or by shooting us an email :)
Hereunder you can see and download each of our Mastertunings by pressing the blue icon. The tunings variations are described with the Stock tuning as a baseline. Do NOT use these on the A700.
The star * indicates the newest released.
New Stock tuning
This gives a speaker that is very well-balanced and works great overall. It gives a good balance of very deep bass and SPL levels. It has a natural tone, with a slight hint to the warm side within human voices. You should hear a deep and wide soundstage, with fantastic stereo image clarity and realism that makes you feel like you are in the room with the artist you are listing to.
Forward Midrange *
A tuning with a bit more focus on the midrange, tighter bass and improved center image. This is excellent if you prioritize vocals when listing to music.
Reduced bass response *
For those that need a little less bass, and is recommended to try out in smaller rooms or acoustically challenging rooms. Reduced bass also gives more “room” for the rest of the frequencies to be more pronounced, which some might just like in general. A side benefit of having less bass, is that you reduce the THD within the bass frequencies due to the woofers mechanically not moving as much.
Extra details *
The little extra sparkle and “detail” at the top end of the frequency range. It's known that we do lose our sensitivity in the higher frequencies as we get older, this could compensate for that as well. Or if you generally like a brighter presentation.
Reduces the treble a little, but more in the human hearing's most sensitive region. This tuning is super easy and pleasing to listen too. It's fantastic to use if you often listen to poor recordings, and is especially a fun tuning for loud rock music in our testings. It would also be worth trying in rooms with many hard surfaces.
Wall filter *
Optimized for speakers placed close to boundaries, which aims to compensate for lost clarity. This can be an issue when placing the speakers close to a wall due to a gain in the lower frequencies. We say that close to a wall is under 20-25cm from the back of the cabinet. It would also be a good tuning for the use in bookshelves.
Stock tuning - without LLE
Low Level Enhancement (LLE) is disabled in this one. LLE (Low Level Enhancement) is our word for a feature that gives automatic Fletcher Monson curve correction. If you have no idea what this means, basically it's an advanced feature that tracks the volume levels of the output. When you go to lower volumes under 70dB, the human hearing becomes more and more nonlinear LLE would compensate for this, so the speakers always sounds correct at lower volumes where speakers normally sounds flat and boring. With this tuning, you get the A500 to act like an normal passive speaker at low volumes.
The Theoretical - What the speakers are shipped with.
This is a big change compared to the rest. Here we do heavy use of FIIR filters, steep crossover slopes, basically every DSP trick in the book to achieve the perfect speaker on paper. Not much have been adjusted from listing test here. It's a science based speakers that follows Floyd Toole's research and philosophy. If you look for a razor flat frequency response, this one is for you.
The Theoretical - Nearfiled
Optimized if you sit very close to the speakers, as a desktop setup or the like. Also recommended for studio use as the input lag is greatly reduced should you play live instruments via the speakers. LLE is reduced to match a much closer listing position.
The Theoretical - 3 way
Here we reserve the front woofer for only doing midrange. This greatly reduce the deep bass capabilities of the speakers as they only have the single back woofer for doing bass. This is a game of giving up deep bass for enhanced midrange clarity, which is similar theory to the "Reduced bass".
Hereunder you can see and download each of our Mastertunings by pressing the blue icon. The tunings variations are described with the Stock tuning as a baseline. Do NOT use these on the A500.
The stock tuning is what your speakers are loaded with from the factory. This gives a speaker that is very well-balanced and works great overall. It gives a good balance of very deep bass and SPL levels. This setup is whats called a 3.5 way design. It does heavy use of FIIR filters, steep crossover slopes, basically every DSP trick in the book to achieve the perfect speaker on paper. Not much have been adjusted from listing test here. It's a science based speakers that follows Floyd Toole's research and philosophy. If you look for a razor flat frequency response
Reduced bass response 40hz
This have a steep cutoff at 40hz which gives the speakers much more headroom for playing loud. You could also call this a party tuning where you want high SPL levels.
Reduced bass response 30hz
This starts a soft cutoff at 30hz which still have -3dB at 25hz
Cardioid - Theoretical
Cardioid is a pretty big subject. Basically we use the back woofers to canceled out lower frequencies, like doing noise cancellation on the back of the speakers if you will. This lowers the room's interference with the speakers very much and gives you a very clean bass presentation. It does lower the output capabilities dramatically on the speakers. Be carefully as this tuning can hurt the woofers if you play to loud.
Cardioid - Our approche
From the Theoretical cardioid tuning, most would miss bass output as even though the speakers might measure correct in terms of bass output, you get overall less in your room as so much of it, have been removed from the back of the speakers. This tuning would give you extra bass output to level that out.