Characteristics and sound properties
The VOX 253 is an upright speaker with its subwoofer TIW 250 XS - 8 Ohm let into the side-wall. This design enables the front panel to be kept very narrow making it that much easier to position. One of the most outstanding features of the TIW 250 XS - 8 Ohm is its unbelievable ability to reproduce the lowest range bass in surprisingly small cabinets. In the listening area, the bass pressure becomes tangible rather than audible, the sort of effect you would normally only expect from much larger speakers. As a result of the side-opening position of the TIW 250 XS - 8 Ohm, the separating frequency between the subwoofer and the mid-range drivers has to be very low. This has been achieved by means of an especially intelligent frequency cross-over design.
In order not to restrict the dynamics at higher bass levels, a bass reflex tube with an exceptionally large cross-section and corresponding length has been designed. In this way, flow-related losses are kept to a minimum. The vent is at the bottom in the rear wall so as not to interfere with the attractive appearance of the front face.
The only difference between VOX 253 and VOX 252 is the new woofer TIW 250 XS - 8 Ohm. A change of the crossover was not necessary.
This version of the VOX contains the high-end ceramic dome tweeter KE 25 SC - 8 Ohm. An 18 dB high-pass filter produces an optimum phase relationship between tweeter an midrange. This creates an improvement of the clear location of each individual voice or instrument.
|Rated power||200 W|
|Maximum power||350 W|
|Nominal impedance Z||4 Ohm|
|Frequency response||28–25000 Hz|
|Mean sound pressure level||84 dB (1 W/1 m)|
|Cut-off frequency||200/3000 Hz|
|Principle of Housing||Bassreflex|
|Net volume||70 l + 4 l|
|Outer dimension height||1150 mm|
|Outer dimension width||235 mm|
|Outer dimension depth||400 mm|
Frequency- and impedance response
- Characteristics / Sound
Extract from STEREO 11/2004
The new VOX 253 development made it necessary to move further up the test scale because it was easily able to overtake the very good VOX 252, which is in normal working use in the editor's office, in a direct comparison, it is clearer, more voluminous and while achieving better separation and, in the bass department, even slightly more efficiently controlled. It is even possible to up the maximum volume level a little. What comes out in the end is an enhanced but equally sophisticated, high-quality audiophile column speaker which is just as applicable to everyday use and is guaranteed to raise the fun stakes. In short, the Vox 253 is now a whole class better, still costs only € 4000 a pair and, as a result, achieves 80 points on the scale. That, in turn, means it gets a fourth star for being excellent value-for-money.