YG Acoustics Carmel 2

Category :
Floorstanding speakers
Brand :
YG Acoustics
Article :
1911006
Made in country :
United States
Destination :
Living room
Color :
Black

Description:

Floorstanding loudspeaker. Deviation: ±2dB frequency response. ±5° relative phase throughout entire overlap. Exceptional pair-matching. Usable output extends from 32Hz to 40kHz. Drivers: BilletCore™ ultra-high-rigidity mid-woofer. ForgeCore™ ultra-low-distortion tweeter. Filters: Carmel™2 is fully passive. Proprietary DualCoherent™ crossover at 1.75kHz. Designed using software developed in-house. ToroAir™ inductors eliminate cross-talk. Sensitivity: 87dB/2.83V/1 m 2π anechoic. Impedance: 4Ω nominal, 3.5Ω minimum. Dimensions: (HxWxD) 1030x230x310mm. Weight: 68kg (unpackaged pair).

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Carmel™ 2 delivers the lifelike natural sound of YG Acoustics™’ flagship Sonja™ and Hailey™, at a price that is within reach for many of us who - until now - could only dream of owning a speaker of such ultra-high-end caliber. Carmel™ 2 is the culmination of years of research, and a near-obsessive desire by YG Acoustics™' lead-designer Yoav Geva, who insisted that his inevitable responsibility was to extend the leading-edge technologies of Sonja™ and Hailey™, to Carmel™ 2. The result is astonishing - world-class performance in a gorgeous marvel of industrial design and precision-manufacturing. Carmel™ 2 - spectacular sonics, timelessly elegant form, pure clarity... handmade in U.S.A.


Carmel™ 2 uses a fully CNC-machined construction and proprietary toroidal air-core crossover inductors. The revolutionary drivers, machined in-house for Sonja™ and Hailey™, make an encore appearance in Carmel™ 2. These enhancements result in ultra-low distortion, while preserving the industry-leading frequency and phase response that YG Acoustics™ is famous for.


The mid-woofer is made in-house using YG Acoustics™’ proprietary BilletCore™ technology: the driver is precisely machined out of a massive slab of aircraft-grade aluminum. This unique process offers overwhelmingly superior dynamics, musical delicacy and low distortion due to industry-leading rigidity and accuracy (tight tolerances).

The tweeter incorporates YG Acoustics™’ ingenious ForgeCore™ system: in-house CNC-cutting introduces sophisticated 3D geometries into the motor system. The resulting improvement is greatly reduced distortion and a sense of ease to the sound.

YG Acoustics™ crossover circuits are all created using proprietary software developed entirely in-house. DualCoherent™ technology provides the best frequency response and relative phase available. Competing speakers are optimized in either the frequency domain (most common) or time domain. Only YG Acoustics™ has the ability to optimize both domains simultaneously.

Carmel™ 2’s crossover uses ToroAir™ technology: in-house CNC-wound toroidal air-core inductors are unique in eliminating cross-talk (cross-contamination) common in crossover circuits. The result is preservation of high-frequency detail without harshness, brightness or sibilance.

Carmel™ 2’s exquisite cabinet combines visual refinement with over-engineering. It is constructed of precision-machined aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. This material, using vibration-free pressurized assembly, allows for the most acoustically desirable enclosures achievable. The plate-thickness is up to 35 mm (1.375"). This ensures freedom from vibration, even at impressive volume levels for a speaker of this size.

FocusedElimination™ anti-resonance technology keeps mechanical losses lower than any competing speaker, by combining the minimized turbulence of a sealed design with the low friction otherwise associated with enclosure-free concepts.

YG Acoustics™ speakers are not voiced. All measurements are verified using extensive listening tests, but the speakers are not artificially manipulated. YG Acoustics™ speakers simply convey the recording – nothing more, nothing less.

The end-result: Carmel™ 2 is a champion of transparency, 3D-soundstaging, dynamics, inner-detail, and the natural sound of a live performance that YG Acoustics™ is famous for. This is all presented in a refined, elegant speaker with an exquisite fit-and-finish that is the showpiece of the world’s finest listening environments.
 

Carmel™ 2, in addition to its state-of-the-art two-channel (stereo) performance, is also fully compatible with multichannel audio and home-theater systems. Carmel™ 2 can also be combined with speakers from YG Acoustics™’ other lines for properly phase-coherent multi-channel systems.


Deviation:
±2 dB frequency response
±5° relative phase throughout entire overlap
Exceptional pair-matching
Usable output extends from 32 Hz to 40 kHz

Drivers:
BilletCore™ ultra-high-rigidity mid-woofer
ForgeCore™ ultra-low-distortion tweeter

Filters:
Carmel™ 2 is fully-passive
Proprietary DualCoherent™ crossover at 1.75 kHz
Designed using software developed in-house
ToroAir™ inductors eliminate cross-talk

Sensitivity:
87 dB / 2.83 V / 1 m 2π anechoic

Impedance: 
4Ω nominal, 3.5Ω minimum

Dimensions:
103x23x31 cm (41x9x13”) HxWxD

Weight:
34 kg per channel unpackaged


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    Carmel™ 2 appears on the front cover of the October 2015 issue of Hi-Fi+.
    Inside is a fantastic article by Chris Martens, which can also be found on the magazine's website.
    The reviewer concludes: "…Carmel 2 demonstrates truly astonishing power handling capabilities and vibrant, full-bodied dynamics. It also belies its modest size by serving up surprisingly deep, powerful, and extended bass.” “This also holds true when playing pipe organ material rich in low-frequency content, which the Carmel 2 happily reproduces with powerful and shuddering depth tempered by an excellent measure of control.” "This compact and exquisitely made floorstander...offers transparency, detail, neutrality of voicing, and overall refinement... The Carmel 2 is without a doubt an unqualified design triumph."

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    ΉXOΣ magazine (Greece) has published a spectacular review of YG Acoustics™ Carmel™ 2. The article can be downloaded here.
    The speaker received 5 stars, which is the publication's highest rating. The detailed evaluation concluded with a score of 4.94 out of 5, which is apparently among the highest numbers ever doled out by the publication.

    This article is YG Acoustics™' first review in the Greek media, and we are proud to enter this new market on such a high note.

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    Carmel™ 2 appears on the front cover of the August-September 2015 issue of Canada HiFi.
    Inside is an excellent review, which can also be found online here.
    The writer gave YG Acoustics™ the highest honor, by purchasing the review pair for his own reference system.
    A sample comment from the article: “I tried Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue to see how well the Carmel would fare on deep organ notes, and I could not have wanted for more. The whole room was energized.”

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    Enjoy the Music has published an excellent review of Carmel™ 2. The article can be found here.
    Reviewer Phil Gold concluded the test by stating "I just have to keep this pair", and purchased the speakers.
    Mr. Gold is one of eleven reviewers worldwide who have purchased YG Acoustics™ speakers for their reference systems, a number that we are very proud of.

    Additional comments by Mr. Gold: "I love how YG Acoustics have managed to keep the wonderful qualities of the Carmel but add so much to the lower frequency articulation, the midrange clarity, the openness of the upper frequencies and the overall level of realism."
    "I found myself completely unable to play short excerpts, the sound so captivating I simply had to play it through to the end. One moment passionate, the next haunting and then almost frightening, this is an amazing test of a system's ability to reproduce instrumental color and the most intricate detail." “Serious weight, presence, impact, clarity. Even in the deep bass and all the way up to the top registers” “…lower frequency articulation, the midrange clarity, the openness of the upper frequencies and the overall level of realism …I just have to keep this pair.”

     

           AWARDS

    The Absolute Sound
    Golden Ear 2017
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    AVShowrooms
    Gold Award LAAS 2017
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis LAAS 2017
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award AXPONA 2017
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis AXPONA 2017
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis AXPONA 2017
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award CES 2017
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ XV

     

    SoundStage
    Best of CES 2017
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ XV

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award CES 2017
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Editors’ Choice
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3
    Sonja™ 1.2
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    Stereophile
    Recommended Component
    Class A full-range
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3

     

    HiFi+
    Cost-No-Object Loudspeaker of the Year
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ XV

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis Newport 2016
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis Newport 2016
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    Image HiFi
    Loudspeaker Award 2016
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    hi-fi+
    Floorstanding Loudspeaker of the Year 2016
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis AXPONA 2016
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award AXPONA 2016
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis AXPONA 2016
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    Enjoy the Music
    Special 20/20 2015
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Golden Ear 2015
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    Enjoy the Music
    Blue Note 2015
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis RMAF 2015
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award RMAF 2015
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    Super AV Awards (China)
    Outstanding Overall Performance 2015
    Floorstanding Speaker
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award AXPONA 2015
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis AXPONA 2015
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis Newport 2015
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award Newport 2015
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3

     

    Stereophile
    Recommended Component
    Class A full-range
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis RMAF 2014
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award RMAF 2014
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    Super AV (China)
    Overall Performance Award 2014
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award CES 2015
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™ 2

     

    High Fidelity (Poland)
    Best Sound High End 2014
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis Newport 2014
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award Newport 2014
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    Top Ten HiFi Equipment Awards (China)
    Speaker System of the Year 2014-2015
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3

     

    Stereo Sound (Japan)
    Grand Prix 2013
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Editor’s Choice 2014
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Signature
    Kipod™ II Signature
    Carmel™

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award CES 2014
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    Stereophile
    Speaker of the Year 2013
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3


    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award AXPONA 2014
    Awarded to:
    Hailey™ 1.2

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Golden Ear 2013
    Awarded to:
    Kipod™ II Signature Passive



    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis RMAF 2013
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    Stereophile
    Recommended Component
    Class A full-range
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.3

     

    Colorado Governor’s Excellence 

    in Exporting Award 2013


    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award RMAF 2013
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    Stereo Sound (Japan)
    Grand Prix 2011
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Studio

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis Newport 2012
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Studio Signature

     

    Audiophile Review
    Top 25 Speakers of All Time
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ line

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Editor’s Choice 2011
    Awarded to:
    Kipod™ Studio
    Carmel™

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Product of the Year 2010
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™

     

    Stereo Times
    Best Sound RMAF 2011
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Signature

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Golden Ear 2011
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™



    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award NY 2012
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Signature

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Editor’s Choice 2012
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Signature
    Kipod™ Studio
    Carmel™

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis Newport 2013
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    10 Audio
    Perfect 10 2013
    Awarded to:
    Kipod™ II Signature

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award NY 2013
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award Newport 2012
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Studio Signature

     

    21hifi (China)
    Speaker System of the Year 2012-2013
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Signature

     

    The Absolute Sound
    Editor’s Choice 2013
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Signature
    Kipod™ II Signature
    Carmel™

     

    Stereo Sound (Japan)
    Grand Prix 2012
    Awarded to:
    Sonja™ 1.2

     

    Enjoy the Music
    Blue Note Award 2012
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™

     

    Haute Fidelite (France)
    Reference 2012
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis Newport 2012
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Studio Signature

     

    Ultra Audio
    Select Component 2012
    Awarded to:
    Kipod™ II Signature

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis RMAF 2010
    Awarded to:
    Anat Reference™ II Pro
    Kipod™ Studio

     

    Positive Feedback
    Brutus Award 2011
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Signature

     

    10 Audio
    Perfect 10 2010
    Awarded to:
    Kipod™ Main Module

     

    Positive Feedback
    Audio Oasis RMAF 2011
    Awarded to:
    Anat™ III Signature

     

    AV Showrooms
    Gold Award Newport 2012
    Awarded to:
    Kipod™ II Signature

     

    Ultra Audio
    Select Component 2010
    Awarded to:
    Carmel™

     

    AV Top 100 (China)
    Excellence Award 2007-2008
    Awarded to:
    Anat Reference™ Studio

     

    Stereophile
    Products of the Year 2009
    Awarded to:
    Anat Reference™ II Pro

     

    Stereophile
    Recommended Component
    Class A full-range
    Awarded to:
    Anat Reference™ II Pro

     

    Ultra Audio
    Select Component 2007
    Awarded to:
    Kipod™ Studio

     

    HiFi Review (Hong Kong)
    Product of the Year 2006
    Awarded to:
    Anat Reference™ Studio

     

    Stereo Sound (Japan)
    Grand Prix 2005
    Awarded to:
    Anat Reference™ Studio

     

    Audio Accessory (Japan)
    Best Hi-Fi Components 2004
    Awarded to:
    Anat R



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