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Blue Moon Award
Throughout the review period, we were more than thrilled with the capacities and capabilities of this Dutch/German collaboration called Club-27. For the asking price, the astute music lover gets an incredible instrument that's able to create an aural image which is strikingly realistic. Thus far we have experienced only a few loudspeaker systems which offer equivalent performance to the Club-27 Jimi. Those few loudspeaker systems are at least six times more expensive ... and yes, that includes our own Avantgarde Duo Omega horns. Enough said!
6Moons - Marja & Henk
How they sound I will try to describe them, what they do with me is in a word to catch: emotion! My Usher's were musical, fast and dynamic but they turned pale with what the Jimi's perform.
WIm - Delden, The Netherlands
The Club-27 Jimi speakers match Jimi Hendrix unique avantgarde approach and they show a new path in speaker- design in the tradition of the legendary Bastanis open baffle speakers. The sound quality of the Club-27 Jimi speakers is unmatched and will satisfy the owners for lifetime, the original is best!
The central units of the Club-27 Jimi speakers are the 12“ wideband drivers which cover the frequency- band from below 100Hz up to about 7Khz. The unique in- house treatments let the wideband drivers behave well and non- resonant by themselves from the bottom to the top. No series crossover- parts are required and the signal- path is most direct and not downgraded by any crossover- parts. This also allows the power- amp the best possible control over the drivers. The easy load, the high efficiency and the high impedance of the open baffles make the Club-27 Jimi speakers ideal partners for any kind of amps and even fly- powered SE tubed amps will live up powering the Club-27 Jimi open baffle speakers.
The open baffle design is free from cabinet- resonances and together with the dipole speakers- character the amount of finest details and the quality of imaging is orientated in the live sound- experience only and not affected by the usual limitations.
The 1“ horn- tweeters are crossovered with a single cap and they are perfect partners for the 12“ wideband drivers offering extreme detail and uncompressed dynamics.
The Club-27 Jimi speakers offer stable imaging with full detail down to lowest listening- levels, best transient response and uncompressed stress- free listening even at live music listening- levels.
The active powered 15“ woofers of the Club-27 Jimi speakers offer powerful and deep bass- response with lots of punch. The big magnet high power 15“ bass- drivers offer the right performance to be the perfect partners for the open baffles and they offer seamless integration because the Jimi speakers are designed as a system from the beginning. The woofers can be placed behind the open baffles or stand alone. This and the easy settings to the belongings of nearly all rooms give the Jimi speakers better versatility than any passive powered speakers. The two 15“ woofers are mounted into sealed cabinets and each woofer has it`s own woofer- amp. The performance and authority of the Club-27 Jimi speakers bass response belongs to the best and will even satisfy listeners who are used to other big and very expensive speakers.
|Drivers||Crossoverless 12“ wideband drivers, 1“ horn- tweeters, coupled- in 6dB/oct. with a single cap|
|Efficiency||100dB in 16Ohms|
|Recommended amp- power||minimum 1W|
|Woofer||15" woofers, 8Ohms, active powered by Mivoc AM80 MKII plate amp|
|Max. power- handling||300W|
|Dimensions of the baffle (h x d x w)||125cm x 7cm x 43cm|
|Dimensions of the woofer module (h x d x w)||55cm x 55cm x 38cm|
|Weight||50kg per speaker|
6Moons - Marja & Henk
After years of not visiting any hifi shows, I had become curious about the performance level of my own set. So I went to X Fi in Veldhoven in the autumn of 2017. My “set sound” turned out to be very decent because much of what I heard on the show could not charm me much. Often, the sound from the mostly very expensive installations was, to my ears, lacking dynamics, realism and musicality. This changed when I stepped into the room of the brands Bastanis/Club-27. There too was an impressive setup playing (Bastanis) but here the sound grabbed me immediately because of the incredible realism and the created live experience. When I heard that Club-27 developed speakers containing the Bastanis concepts, that have the same kind of live-like music experience but for a more affordable price, my interest was aroused. When the Dutch distributor, Live Fidelity, then offered me to listen to the Club-27 Jimi's at home for a week, I happily accepted. Not knowing that after that week I only wanted one thing: my own set of Club-27 Jimi Special Edition's! A year later, it is now November 2018, I had sold my old speakers (Usher mini Dancer 1 DMD) and have my own Jimi's in the living room.
How they sound I will try to describe within a minute, more important is what they do to me: create emotion! My Usher's were musical, fast and dynamic but they turn pale compared to the performance level of the Jimi's. Due to the lack of a cabinet in the mid sound spectrum, an area very important to music, the Jimi's are extremely capable of voicing micro details, space and transitions (the "attack" of instruments). This creates a hyper realistic 3D-image of instruments, voices and environment. Give them some space to breathe (in my case about 80cm from the back and side walls) and put them straight forward and the speakers disappear! What remains is a sound image that stretches far beyond the hard boundaries of your room when you close your eyes. Wood sounds like real wood, metal sounds like real metal, without any kind of sharpness. At high volume, snare drums and toms make your ears hurt at the drumstick impact. A piano turns out to be a real percussion instrument and you hear the air flow through wind instruments. Another great thing is the complete lack of compression. I like to listen to solid Neo-prog and even at high volume levels the Jimi's remain dynamic, transparent and musical, revealing every layer of the often very complex music. I always thought that the recording quality in such cases was the limiting factor, now I know better. The produced bass is very tight and fast. Great work of the large 15" units in the boxed active subwoofers! In terms of speed and dynamics, they fit seamlessly with the open-baffle mid-range. Delicious how you hear the bass pedal rolling and how you can follow the bass gitar runs flawlessly without any kind of thickness, boom or other distortion. The treble is delivered by a horn unit of the brand Bastanis. This unit produces a limitless high with a silky soft, very spacious and fast character. Despite the great speed, there is no trace of treble sharpness, a thing for which I am very allergic. It sounds just "right", like the rest of the speaker, not tiring and very, very realistic. Is there nothing wrong then? Yes, there must be a very big warning sign printed on these speakers: Beware, seriously addictive!
Wim - Delden, The Netherlands