T+A Hi-Fi Caruso Series
It was back in the year 2008 that T+A introduced the first Caruso, and within a very short time the device won numerous prizes, gaining absolute cult status due to its outstanding functionality and superb design. Its successor, the Caruso Blu, continued this heritage in a modernised form. By this means both machines laid the foundation for all the units of the Caruso series. The latest sources, a modern mode of operation and a streamlined appearance of timeless elegance: these are the criteria to which every device bearing the Caruso name must measure up. Even though all of them constitute unique developments, they all share the same DNA.
Like its predecessors, the Caruso is a modern, compact device delivering superb sound quality. Whether used as a receiver or an all-in-one system, every Caruso caters for all modern music sources: streaming from the network, the Internet, or your mobile device, as well as the classic CD. Naturally it also includes DAB+ and VHF radio receivers, as well as a bi-directional Bluetooth module and inputs for digital and analogue sources such as TV sets. All these sources are reproduced by your Caruso in brilliant quality, either via its integral loudspeaker systems or through external speakers. Precisely calculated amplifier and speaker configurations enable the system to provide a sonic experience of unprecedented impact for a unit of its size. The Caruso is the first T+A device of any kind to use the NavigatorOS with the 7” HD touchscreen providing intuitive control of all the system’s functions, as well as displaying cover art in impressive style.
If wished, the plinth of the Caruso can be illuminated, since we have integrated an LED strip light in the machine’s bottom plate. For ambient lighting you can choose between different color modes and white, blue, green and red light, and the intensity of the lighting is user-variable.
In the past we offered various active Caruso speakers which were designed for use in conjunction with Caruso All-In-One devices. In contrast, the new Caruso R is a multi-source receiver with outstanding power output stages, making it capable of driving high-quality passive loudspeakers. Although the new Caruso range of speakers reflects the unique external appearance of the Caruso R, the newly developed technology they incorporate also makes them perfect for use with other compact amplifiers and receivers.
The progressive nature of our Caruso speakers is emphasised by their slim, compact profile and superb build quality. The combination of aluminium, perforated metal grille and wood is an impressive design statement which also offers major acoustic advantages. Not a single exposed screw disturbs the flow of sound from the baffle, and the front grille, with its magnetic fixing, allows 100% of the sound to pass through. The cabinets are extremely rigid and totally devoid of resonance. The newly developed drive units provide excellent low bass, wide dynamic range and transparency despite the speakers’ slim shape. The narrow baffles are the key to their amazingly spacious sound, and the natural imaging of the sound event.
The Caruso loudspeaker range embraces a two-way bookshelf speaker and a three-way floor-standing speaker with bass reflex system. The cabinets’ sophisticated design endows them with enormous strength and rigidity. The substantial baffles completely cover the drive unit baskets by means of precisely calculated annular aluminium mounts. This design ensures efficient diffusion of the sound from the baffle, and optimises the speakers’ dispersion characteristics in the crossover range between the bass and mid-range units, and between the midrange driver and dome tweeter.
At the development stage we entirely avoided sharp edges and disruptive screws, with the result that the sound spreads out and detaches itself from the speaker, without causing reflections. Viewed overall, the narrow baffles not only underline the speakers’ elegant appearance, but also aids their dispersion characteristics and spatial qualities.The drive units are an ultra modern development, and are matched perfectly to the cabinets and their individual purpose. Crucial features include large magnets with enormous force fields, special coils with high power ratings, unique surrounds and spiders with extremely large travel. The diaphragms consist of various materials (carbon, fibres, cellulose), and are cast, pressed and air-dried. This manufacturing process produces great stiffness and torsional strength, as well as very high internal damping, which avoids partial vibration and resonance effects. The crossover units are assembled using very high-quality components with minimal losses and very close tolerances, and are calculated to provide optimum interaction between the drive units, and ensure perfect phase and frequency response.