Having enjoyed a taste of the BMC Pureline products such as the PureDAC and PureUSB1 Cable, I was primed to accept an invitation from Brian Ackerman of Aaudio Imports, the North American distributor for BMC, to review the PureVOX speaker. He unabashedly made some claims of outstanding performance of this floor standing monitor speaker, and based on the performance of the PureDAC I expected good things.
My expectations were met, beginning with the meticulous packaging I have come to expect from anything sent to me from Aaudio. Though not so large as to require a specialty shipper, the speakers arrived sandwiched between two sheets of plywood atop a pallet and cinched down with tough looking camouflaged straps seemingly strong enough to secure a military Humvee. Nevertheless, the side of one box showed a significant crease. Expecting perhaps some degree of damage, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box to find the speaker ensconced in a massively thick sea of molded foam protective material such that it might be dropped from several feet and not register the impact at all. Perhaps the speakers would have survived the trip to my home, but without the palletizing the boxes likely would not have. I have reviewed several products carried by Aaudio Imports, and I cannot recall any that have been damaged in shipping.
I alluded to this speaker as a floor standing monitor to describe its physical nature; it is a smaller two-way speaker with a cabinet of approximate volume to larger monitors, but with an integrated floor stand. The review pair had a dull Blue Titanium coloration clean through; only the spikes were of a different composition, appearing to be of stainless steel. (Per Brian, the spikes were not part of the package. -Pub.) The coloration strikes me as quite pleasant, falling somewhere between garish, bright sports car colors and dull brown or black. When subjected to bright sunlight the speaker glints toward a brighter Safire blue, but when put away from bright light the surface retreats to a near gunmetal hue. If blue is not to your taste you can get the speaker in “BMC Silver”.
The speaker appears to be a balancing act between the rear support column and forward jutting body, which rises funnel-like out of an upward sloping bottom baffle. It is thin, with narrow vertical ribbing reminiscent of corrugated cardboard wrapped about the stand and sides of the speaker. The ribbing yields to a contoured smooth front baffle with the naked drivers on display. At the rear of the speaker stand is found both the expected positive and negative speaker cable posts, as well as a Neutrik connector. Also in this location is a three-way toggle switch to adjust the speaker’s tonality.
For an in-depth discussion of the PureVOX’s design and construction, I direct the reader to BMC’s web page. The reader may also wish to refer to my article on the BMC PureDAC and PureUSB1 Cable, as it discusses how BMC has the capacity to produce a superior product in large numbers, thus lowering the cost of what would be otherwise a more expensive product.
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