Full Range Electrostatic
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Introducing true full range electrostatic loudspeaker performance at a fraction of the cost
of other brands!
Until now high end full-range electrostatic loudspeakers such as these were only available
starting in the $20,000-$30,000 USD range and quickly moved upwards from there. You can now own a pair of full-range
truly 100% electrostatic loudspeakers for a
fraction of the cost of other brands!
Customers who have compared the ESL-0.5 with the 'other' big name brand
electrostatic speaker series (at 4-5 times the price) tell us that the ESL-0.5
sound every bit as good. Our Crescendo-Systems partner through CurtPalme.com is able to reduce costs
due to the lack of audiophile sales & marketing mark-up costs typically
applied to high-end low-volume audio products such as these.
The gently curved design avoids the high frequency beaming normally
associated with a large screen full range design. These true full-range loudspeakers do not have any crossover or
cone driver(s) to muddy up the sound. Hear what you've been missing!
These speakers are best suited for high-end audio setups where transparency,
musicality, and imaging are of paramount importance.
The ESL-0.5 is hand built in the USA to customer specification and can
therefore be customized with respect to size, color and finish to suit a
particular request. Please
contact us with your requests and personal needs.
Benefits of Electrostatic over conventional cone speakers
Electrostatic speakers offer an openness and transparency that is simply not
possible with conventional cone designs due to the laws of physics. Very few
people who have purchased electrostatics will go back to using conventional cone
speakers after hearing what they've been missing.
The stereo placement of electrostatics is far superior to that of regular
speakers. The sound of regular boxed cone drivers never seems to leave the
speaker. In electrostatics the stereo image is fluid between and beyond the
panels, it is something you really have to hear yourself.
"Advantages of electrostatic loudspeakers include levels of distortion
one to two orders of magnitude lower than conventional cone drivers in a
box, the extremely light weight of the diaphragm which is driven across its
whole surface, and exemplary frequency response (both in amplitude and
phase) because the principle of generating force and pressure is almost free
from resonances unlike the more common electrodynamic driver. Musical
transparency can be better than in electrodynamic speakers because the
radiating surface has much less mass than most other drivers and is
therefore far less capable of storing energy to be released later. For
example, typical dynamic speaker drivers can have moving masses of tens or
hundreds of grams whereas an electrostatic membrane only weighs a few
milligrams, several times less than the very lightest of electrodynamic
tweeters. The concomitant air load, often insignificant in dynamic speakers,
is usually tens of grams because of the large coupling surface, this
contributing to damping of resonance buildup by the air itself to a
significant, though not complete, degree. Electrostatics can also be
executed as full-range designs, lacking the usual crossover filters and
enclosures that could color or distort the sound."
Specifications are dependant on the size
of speaker chosen. The speakers typically range in size from 2' - 3'3"
wide and 5 - 6'6" high.
Standard model specifications:
Frequency Response: 80Hz – 20KHz ±3dB
Horizontal Dispersion: 30°
Sensitivity: >84 dB/2.83 volts/meter
Impedance: 6 Ohms/1.2 @20kHz
Power Handling: 150 watts per channel
Weight: 40 lbs (25kg) per speaker
Power supply: 110V 60Hz or 220V 50Hz (specify on order)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 63.5” x 24.5” x 18” (161 x 62 x 46cm)
Finish: Natural birch with brushed aluminum accents
Regular price: $3995 USD/pair
CurtPalme.com special price: $3745 USD/pair. You save $250!
Custom sizes and finishes are possible.
Contact us with your
requests for exact pricing. The larger 3'3" wide by 6'6" high will add
approximately $1000 USD to the price.
These electrostatic loudspeakers are a single panel design with absolutely no
Generally speaking, when blending with a sub-woofer, the ESL-0.5 should be crossed over
to a subwoofer at the standard THX crossover point of 80Hz. This blending point
works great as the cross-over frequency is well below that of the human voice.
The transition to sub is not noticed. For 100% audio use many users will chose
to not use a subwoofer at all. (Note that many other hybrid
electrostatic speakers require a considerably higher cross-over point, often as
high as 300-400Hz. This to us is unacceptable as the sound of a cone subwoofer
and the panel in the critical lower mid-range does not match and is easily
From a technical point of view an electrostatic loudspeaker is just a thin
membrane in between two perforated steel plates. The magic is in the coating of
the membrane in order to hold charge. Many people and professional brands use
graphite, liquid soap, PVA glue, nylon solution (such as
conducting polymer (such as
Martin Logan) or
anti-static spray (also a conducting polymer). We use metalized foil after years
of extensive tests and in our opinion there is no downside, we cannot hear or
measure a quality difference. A big benefit of using metalized foil is that all
of the issues with wetting the membrane and any environmental factors like
extremely dry (an issue with nylon coating) or moist air are completely avoided.
Many of the other brands will not perform correctly in a house with dry (winter)
or moist (summer) air.
ESL-0.5 Full Range Electrostatic Loudspeakers (PDF format)
Custom ESL-0.5 Electrostatic speakers (2' wide, 5' high) finished in natural birch with brushed aluminum
Driven by a pair of SOLO Monoblock power
Close-up (perfect fit & finish and attention to detail):
Lager units (3'3" wide and 6'6" high) with different finish:
Another custom size and finish:
Need more information? See our official ESL-0.5 forum thread!
Visit the Manufacturer Discussion/Support Forum
Curious how these are built? See
this forum thread
where Kim of Crescendo-Systems documents the steps involved in building a
pair of these custom loudspeakers.
Questions should be directed to Crescendo Systems at: