StJohn Group Debuts Sleek Cabasse Ambrose 3 Loudspeaker

New LCR Speaker with Uses Proprietary Point Source Technology

March 10, 2010 - - Cabasse, a legendary, world -class specialist in the design and manufacture of innovative, premium loudspeakers, announces Ambrose 3, a sleek Left/Center/Right loudspeaker, to the North American market. The Ambrose 3 is the newest of the Altura MC series, which includes the Iroise 3 and Egea 3 tower loudspeakers announced last year. Retail price for the Ambrose 3 is $3,050 each and is available immediately from StJohn Group, exclusive U.S. distributor for Cabasse.

PHOTO LINK: The Ambrose 3 in three finishes: Gloss Black, Santos, and Golden Cherry -

The new Ambrose 3 is a compact 8 Ohm speaker designed for on -wall, bookshelf or on -stand use. The layout (often called d'Appolito design) with the 2 -way 5.12" coaxial midrange -tweeter unit situated between 7" woofers, combined with the slim design of the cabinet and sealed enclosure, enable its use, either horizontally or vertically with the same optimum results. As a center and surround speaker, it will ideally complement an Egea 3 or Iroise 3 stereo setup for a fully coherent multi -channel extension. Cinema purists will use them as LCR front speakers placed vertically behind an acoustically transparent screen and as surround speakers, combined with a Santorin 30 subwoofer. At 91 dB efficiency, they can be easily powered by many of today's AV Receivers.

Weighing in at 33 pounds, the Ambrose 3 dimensions are 31.5" tall x 8.3" wide x 7.5" deep and available in Golden Cherry wood finish, Santos wood finish, and Gloss black. The cabinet has non -parallel side panels to remove standing waves, and variable thickness cabinet panels for rigidity and neutrality. Magnets hold the front grilles in place, so that when the speaker is being used without the grilles, the front panel is free from pins or holes.

John Caldwell, sales director and co -founder of StJohn Group, commented on the new models, "The common denominator for the entire Cabasse line is SCS (Spatially Coherent System) technology, also commonly known as "point source" driver technology. This technology is perhaps the best known solution for a speaker that works well for both home theater or 2 -channel musical listening applications and very differentiating in the marketplace.

"You can easily demo the superiority of ANY Cabasse speaker compared to traditionally arrayed speakers by putting white or pink noise through them and rotating them on the vertical axis from side to side. You will not hear the traditional mid/tweeter lobing or suckouts. The wide dispersion and phase coherency of both the direct and reflected energy make this a truly special loudspeaker."

• Use: Main speakers; Left, center, right; Surrounds
• Ways: 3
• Drivers:
- 1 x coaxial BC13
- 2 x 17MD18LR2 (17 cm - 7")
• Sensitivity 1W/1m : 91 dB
• Crossover points: 920 - 4,800 Hz
• Frequency Response: 75 - 24,000 Hz
• Nominal impedance: 8 ohms; Minimum impedance: 3.6 ohms
• Power handling: 110 W; Peak power handling: 770 W
• Standard finish: Golden Cherry; Santos; Glossy Black
• Dimensions:
- Horizontal mount: 7.5 x 31.5 x 8.3 in / 19 x 80 x 21 cm
- Vertical mount: 31.5 x 7.5 x 8.3 in / 80 x 19 x 21 cm
• Weight: 33 lbs. / 15 kg.

The Ambrose 3, like all other Cabasse speakers, incorporates Cabasse's proprietary Spatially Coherent System (SCS) technology. Imagine three stones hitting the surface of a lake at three different points. The created waves will mix and propagate erratically. Now imagine three stones hitting the surface at the same point. The waves grow and spread harmoniously. This single source emission (or point source) is the benefit of the co -axial drivers and wide -range tweeters designed by the Cabasse R&D team. Fidelity to original timbres and dynamic range, a wide, stable and full soundstage, are the benefits of SCS technology.

The co -axial technology by Cabasse is a major innovation in the loudspeaker world because its principle is the closest proposal to the theoretical ideal. It results from the 60 years experience Cabasse has in driver design and development, and the new version of the BC13 benefits from 20 years expertise in this type of midrange -tweeter.

Developed from the TC23, the three -way co -axial driver fitted to the top of the range speakers, including the flagship "La Sphčre", this new version of the BC13 has been optimized for even better performance when used as a two -way unit. The bandwidth is larger and the efficiency and the power handling are improved thanks to the use of new magnets offering a 30% increase in magnetic force. The spatial coherency of this driver not only guarantees a faithful reproduction of timbres with no artificial coloration or weariness during long listening sessions, but also provides a soundstage with unrivaled realism and depth.

The 17 cm (7") woofers of Ambrose 3 are an evolution of the units initially designed for the BAHIA speaker. They are fitted with a DUOCELL cone, which is based on Rohacell® foam. Cabasse designed the first DUOCELL membranes in the 1980s and since that time they have been manufactured by robots in a Cabasse group company. The very light, but rigid and well -damped membrane has an exponential profile and variable thickness, to obtain the most of long throw systems and powerful magnets.

Key Cabasse Altura -line Features:

Technology - point source driver alignment offers extraordinary phase alignment and mitigates room boundary effects for a more lifelike performance.
Innovative - new BC13 tweeter, and woofers with very light, rigid and well -damped variable thickness membranes
High Performance - high power handling and efficiency for demanding music or soundtracks.
Stylish - Available in available in Golden Cherry wood finish, Santos wood finish, and Gloss black.

Founded by Georges Cabasse in 1950, the company has been a pioneer in the search for true musical reproduction. In all likelihood, the quest really began in 1740 when the first signed Cabasse violin was made. Five generations of musical instrument craftsmen followed, pursuing the tradition and supplying Europe with violins, violas and cellos, most of which are still being played in orchestras today.

Cabasse's continuing obsession is to faithfully and perfectly reproduce music and soundtracks, without any alteration, coloration or distortion in the sound. This boundless passion has led the company to relentlessly innovate, design, and engineer better and better loudspeakers, so that all ears can enjoy the essence and thrill of sonic purity.

StJohn Group, Inc. is not a typical American distributor. Only representing lines offering exclusive North American distribution opportunity allows the company to closely work with its partners on a holistic approach to brand development. Unlike most U.S. distributors, StJohn Group handles all facets of sales and marketing, including literature and collateral creative and production, advertising creative and buys, public relations, web sites, business development and long range market planning.

Based in Bellingham, WA with a satellite office in Scottsdale, AZ, StJohn Group has seventeen regional representative firms and an active roster of more than 800 specialty A/V dealers.

StJohn Group specializes in products and services for the custom integration (CI) market - both residential and commercial - and represents Artcoustic and Cabasse Loudspeakers, Cineversum HD projectors, iSky Panels and Screen Excellence in North America and the Caribbean.

Photos of the new Ambrose 3 speakers (different views of all three finishes) are available for the asking. Contact Kevin Leja at the Administration number below, or via our Contact page.

Visual & Textual Assets
- Cabasse Brand Catalog (1.5 MB .pdf) - Download -
- Ambrose Cut Sheet (936k .pdf) - Download -
- Cabasse Retail Price Guide (1.2 Mb . pdf) - Download -
- Ambrose 3 Press Release (1.5 Mb .doc) - Download -
- High Res. Photos Available; Contact Kevin Leja at StJohn Group for more information:
- Cabasse Web Site -



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