The Amphion One15 is a 2-way passive monitor with a 1" titanium dome tweeter and 5.5" aluminum woofer, with a passive radiator for controlled bass and a high-density Corian® waveguide for wide dispersion and point-source performance.
Appearing to come out of nowhere to take the industry by storm, Amphion honed their chops building audiophile monitors before they turned their attention to facilitate the creation of music along with its consumption. Their expertise on the back end of music production informed their approach to the front end, and the One-series studios monitors were born. Built for tracking, mixing, or mastering, the 5.5" One15 is Amphion’s smallest nearfield studio monitor. A passive design, it features custom-designed drivers, a high-density Corian waveguide, and a sealed enclosure with a passive radiator to deliver the natural, transparent, un-hyped sound needed to make critical mixing decisions. In keeping with Amphion’s aesthetic, which is to neither add or take anything away from the natural beauty of sound, One15 studio monitors are invisible across the whole frequency spectrum, enabling you to mix the music, not the speakers. With an impressive stereo image, they maintain an accurate balance even at low listening levels. These monitors translate perfectly to any other playback system, enabling you to minimize the tail-chasing common to mixing.
Amphion One15—Just the Facts:
- Amphion’s smallest nearfield monitor with all the power for any monitoring situation or setup
- Powerful ability to resolve sonic details combined with an incredible neutral tonal balance
- Delivers trustworthy and transparent translation in an affordable nearfield package
- Point-source behavior due to 1.6kHz crossover and proprietary Corian waveguide
- Passive radiator enhances bass without bass reflex port noise
- External power amp required; a perfect match for the Amphion Amp100
Amphion One15-Behind the Grille
One15 studio monitors are the epitome of affordable high-end nearfield monitors. Providing clear and transparent mids, smooth highs, and an incredibly accurate and satisfying bass response, the One15 is eminently suited for music creation or professional mixing, including genres that live in the low-frequency spectrum. Any pro-monitoring setup could benefit from Amphion One15s as mains or mix-reference monitors. These audiophile-quality passive monitors feature custom drivers, including a 5-1/2" aluminum woofer and 1" titanium tweeter housed in a proprietary Corian waveguide that eliminates phase shift, enabling the One15 to act like a point-source monitor with the added advantage of a wide sweet spot. The One15 is a passive monitor that requires external power amplification. The advantage of a passive design is that the enclosure can remain dedicated to the proper placement and implementation of drivers, rather than dedicating half of the cabinet to the amplifier and cooling devices. It also enables the external power amp to be laid out as in the best way possible for optimal performance.
Controlled dispersion via custom Corian waveguide
According to Amphion founder, Anssi Hyvönen, point-source is the only way to properly reproduce sound. Even though Amphion monitors don’t look like it, they behave like point-source monitors due to the crossover at 1.6kHz, which leaves the critical listening range of 2kHz to 5kHz untouched. Additionally, the Corian waveguide deals with the physical properties of point-source monitoring.
Amphion’s custom waveguide is responsible for the One15’s wide dispersion and simultaneous ability to physically act as a point-source monitor. While this would appear to be counterintuitive, since a point-source monitor would have a tweeter inside a woofer, the goal of the waveguide is to eliminate the phase shift that would otherwise occur due to the physical distance between tweeter and driver. Point-source monitoring also eliminates the need for additional time-alignment circuitry. However, the downside of point-source monitors is that having the tweeter inside the woofer reduces dispersion and makes for a very narrow sweet spot. Amphion’s proprietary waveguide solves the problems of phase shift, time-alignment, and narrow dispersion.
To design their waveguide, Amphion chose Corian, a product created by DuPont for, believe it or not, kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Corian not only rivals the density of granite, it’s non-porous, highly reflective, and can be seamlessly molded into limitless forms via a process called thermoforming. Corian also lasts a lifetime. The Corian waveguide’s shape is determined via computer modeling and simulations to enable the One15’s tweeter and woofer to function like a point source monitor.
*PAD For the Record: Mixing quietly in mono from a single point-source monitor, such as the old single-speaker Auratones (the 5" bookshelf speaker you see sitting on the meter bridge of world-class studios), is one of the best-kept secrets for mix balance and translation. Point-source monitors eliminate the phase and crossover coloration based on the physical distance between the drivers. Another advantage of mono point-source mixing is consistent balance regardless of the position of your head in relation to the monitor.
Passive radiator bass enhancement
Another design philosophy adhered to by Amphion’s Anssi Hyvönen is that in his view, ported monitors should be banned from music making. The upside of ported speakers is that they can output more impressive low end than infinite-baffle systems (sealed cabinets), though they exhibit a steeper bass roll-off. The downside is that the waves emanating from them can make noise and interfere up the spectrum through the low mids and midrange. There’s also a possibility of smearing transients, as well as produce a phenomenon called one-note bass, wherein the resonant frequency of the cabinet overtakes the low end.
Amphion’s solution is the use of a passive radiator, which works much like the bass reflex in order to increase bass response in an otherwise too small cabinet. The radiator is a diaphragm used to cover an inconveniently large port. It also reduces port turbulence, which can interfere with the direct sound of the drivers. Amphion uses passive radiators in a sealed cabinet, which maintains the same low-frequency response regardless of volume—hence the One15’s ability to remain true to the source at low levels.
What the pros are saying about Amphion One15:
“I’m making better decisions faster.”
Sean Hamilton—record producer-songwriter
“…the low end is very tidy and prominent – you really don’t need a sub.”
Luke Shredder—mixing and mastering engineer
“The definition of what professional monitoring speakers should be.”
Ludvig Nylund—mastering engineer
“Everyone who hears my Amphion is seriously impressed.”
Clay Krasner—producer and bass player
Equally suited to the home or commercial studio Amphion One15 monitors enable you to make better decisions faster, whether you’re composing, tracking, or mixing. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Professional today.
- Operating principle: Two-way, passive radiator
- Drivers: 1" (25mm) titanium tweeter; 5-1/2" (150mm) aluminum woofer
- Crossover point: 1.6kHz
- Sensitivity: 84dB @ 2.83V/1m
- Frequency response: 49Hz–20kHz ±3dB
- Power recommendation: 20–100W (External power amp required)
- Connectors: Binding post
- Handmade in Finland