After 28 years away from the audio category, Braun Audio marks its return with a timeless reinvention of its classic LE speakers from 1959.
The LE range comprises of three speakers, the LE01, LE02 and LE03, and will be available to purchase in black or white from October. The perfect combination of form and function, the range is eye-catching without being intrusive: offering the perfect balance of unparalleled performance in a minimalist form, showcasing the rigour of German craftsmanship. The clear, precise Braun sound of today has been achieved through the implementation of a bespoke developed DSP (Digital Signal Processing) pipeline in conjunction with high power ARM computing cores. It is then hand-tuned in Germany by a world-class audio engineering team.
As the LE 1 of 1959 utilised audio technologies widely upheld to be the best available of the time, the reimagined LE series leverages the cutting-edge of today’s advanced audio technologies. Balanced Mode Radiators (BMRs) used in the new LE speakers are key to delivering their exceptional audio reproduction. BMRs uniquely combine wide vertical and horizontal dispersion to deliver a near 180-degree soundstage, meaning that the units are always easy to position without the worry of a specific sweet spot of traditional speakers. Custom designed ultra-low-profile woofers, with powerful neodymium motors and rigid lightweight aluminium cones, offer a highly detailed and transient bass performance aligned with bespoke passive bass radiators. Rather than simply use off the shelf, motor-less, passive bass radiators, Braun’s engineering team has developed bespoke, high-mass and high-excursion, parts that tune the speakers to deliver exceptionally deep and punchy bass within the LE range’s slim cabinet design.
These have a dual progressive linear-suspension construction for increased control and reduced distortion. In conjunction with the LE range’s woofers and passive radiators, the use of BMRs enable truly roomfilling performance for each model of the new LE speakers. With latest generation class-D amplifiers and switching power-supplies, BMRs and low-profile aluminium high-excursion woofers mated to customised passive bass radiators, the Braun LE range delivers 21st century audio clarity, sound dispersion and bandwidth commensurate with the timeless, slim-form LE loudspeaker design.
The LE speakers have multi-room functionality, as well as ability to be wirelessly stereo paired. Individually, when positioned in landscape mode, LE01 and LE02 will perform as perfect integrated stereo speakers. When in portrait orientation, using floor stands or wall mounts, they can be configured into a stereo pair with each speaker assuming single audio channel duties (left or right). Placement EQ settings in the mobile app will tailor the playback dependent on where the speaker is in the room to achieve the authentic Braun sound. The Braun Audio app, available for iOS and Android, will also allow for additional manual fine-tuning to deliver preferred levels of bass and treble. The LE series offers more than a premium sound experience. With the Google Assistant built-in, you can play music, find answers on Google Search, manage everyday tasks and easily control smart devices around your home – just by using your voice.
The range features the latest solution for voice control performance: TalkTo by DSP Concepts. TalkTo utilises Multichannel Acoustic Echo Canceller software, which cancels out noise from the speaker so the microphones can accurately hear the user’s voice. This works in conjunction with the TalkTo Adaptive Interference Canceller, which cancels out noise produced by sources external to the speaker e.g. an air conditioner or television set. While voice assistants offer many modern conveniences, there are times when privacy is required.
Exemplifying Braun’s values of honest design, the LE range has been engineered to ensure voice control is always on your terms. Each speaker has a dedicated privacy button that physically disconnects the microphones, guaranteeing complete peace of mind. When privacy mode is enabled, the button and LEDs on the front of the speaker illuminate and are subtly visible from anywhere in the room.
With Chromecast built-in, the LE range supports over 300 streaming services, while regular software updates ensure system longevity. Each speaker’s premium machined aluminium casing is beautiful to the touch, while being highly durable. Their simple, minimalist button configuration and LED sequences are intuitive and embody the perfect blend of aesthetics and utility. This considered design extends to accessories like wall mounts and floor stands, which elegantly resolve cable management and offer the flexibility of placement around the home.
My review will be coming in due course.