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iFi Aurora: all-in-one active speaker system, with Room Correction, Pre-light, Airplay, Bluetooth


The iFi Aurora is considered one of iFi's biggest projects this year, combining a sleek design with high-end audio features. The product has some trendy features such as self-adjusting sound according to the listening environment, with traditional connections such as Coaxial, Optical, Analog Input RCA, USB input / MicroSD input (to read music from hard drive, card Remember), besides LAN, Bluetooth aptX and Airplay, support playing 32bit / 192kHz quality music. Price is quite high, about 1500 $. Since this is a sample product from the very early company sent for comments, so the sound quality and small details have not been completed yet.




iFi Aurora has a strange exterior design … I don't know what to call beautiful or not, depending on how you feel. iFi is said to be inspired by Tadao Ando's architectural works : D The name Aurora is also introduced by the company "Helping listeners enjoy the music in a large space like the dawn sky even in a small room and a speaker capable of optimizing music space."



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Looking at it, we can see that the speaker is designed to lean slightly behind, which is similar to how our Totem Forest Signature speakers make the space of mid-high sounds more flying.



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On the front side is the control panel, which allows to select input, adjust volume, activate some features such as increasing bass, room correction …. Looking through the inner mica, we will see a vacuum bulb do pre : D



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This is the rear, there are many input and power jack ports.



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The outer shell uses hard bamboo wood, divided into several bars. Steel speaker legs, anti-3 points. Inside uses up to 8 drivers (6 active drivers and 2 passive drivers). Four main full-range drivers, 120mm in diameter are distributed to 2 front speakers, and each speaker is on each side, rated from 60Hz to 8kHz.



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Two 28mm silk dome tweeters are equipped in two corners on the front of the speaker. These speakers handle high range with frequencies above 8kHz.

The two "True Bass" passive woofer speakers are located on the bottom of the speaker, taking on the frequency range below 27Hz to reinforce and deepen the bass. iFi Aurora can adjust the amount of bass more or less by pressing the touch button on the touch surface in front of the speaker.

The DAC chip part is assumed by a 32-bit Saber DAC chip of ESS, pre-amp circuit using Pre 6N3P ball and amplifier floor uses a class D 320W power circuit. Class D circuit has an advantage of being quite strong, strong, compact, and not radiant, so not only iFi but also other loudspeaker companies also use this solution for Active speakers.



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In addition to the Auto Room Correction case, on iFi Aurora there are 6 microphones for room resonance measurement, then send these parameters to a DSP chip to process the signal and automatically adjust the EQ to hear better. But do not think this is the leader, every company is like that, not only iFi, this function only helps you partly to partly reduce the negative impact of the listening room on speakers. but it does not buy the speaker to put it somewhere and then activate this function so the speaker will sound or 100%.



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Speakers in general, its sound quality depends a lot on the surface to the speaker, the location of the speaker. You should leave it on a flat, non-puffed surface, not too vibrating, and should leave the back wall and side a little bit for you to have a "breathing" space that will sound better. My experience is to move the loudspeaker around the room until it hears three regular, clear bands, and now I'm starting to turn on the Room Correction function to optimize it.

Here are some preliminary information for reference, whichever official product I will appreciate more deeply : D



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