ARIA MHT

Art. No. 5948
Characteristics and sound properties

The ARIA MHT is a variant of the popular smaller ARIA shelf-top speaker. Instead of being fitted with a fabric dome driver, the ARIA MHT has the excellent MHT 12 - 8 Ohm magnetostat. As a result, the crossover had to be tuned exactly to match the two drivers. Since magnetostats should not be separated at too low a frequency, the transfer frequency was set at 5000 Hz. This results in extremely clear high-frequency output even at high volumes. Getting the crossover to the right level to allow the TI 100 - 8 Ohm to operate up to 5000 Hz took some effort. This high-end mid-bass unit can produce unusually long cone excursion due to its long voice coil, which means it can generate a bass output level that is surprising considering the compact size. Thanks to the extremely rigid titanium diaphragm, the TI 100 - 8 Ohm stands out in the mid-range due to excellent overall presence and vocal clarity. In conjunction with the silky smooth treble range for which magnetostats are famous, this combination is a clear contender for the premium high-end loudspeaker league. Although the ARIA MHT produces powerful bass when used as a shelf speaker, it makes sense to add an active subwoofer if you need to emphasise the lowest frequencies.

Component parts list for 1 box

The kit includes all the components listed here but not the cabinet.

Tweeter
1 pc.
Woofer
1 pc.
Crossover
Crossover ARIA MHT
1 pc.
Bass reflex tube
BR 6.8 (full length)
1 pc.
Terminal
1 pc.
Damping material
Polyester wool
0.25 bags
Wood screws
3.5 x 19 mm
8 pcs.
Countersunk screws
3.5 x 25 mm
4 pcs.
Cable
2 x 1.5 mm²
0.75 m

Technical Data

Rated power
40 W
Maximum power
60 W
Nominal impedance Z
4 Ohm
Übertragungsbereich (-10 dB)
65–40000 Hz
Mittlerer Schalldruckpegel
83 dB (2.83 V/1 m)
Trennfrequenz
5000 Hz
Gehäuseprinzip
Net volume
3.8 l
Außenmaß Höhe
270 mm
Außenmaß Breite
160 mm
Außenmaß Tiefe
160 mm

Frequency- and impedance response

Press

Extract from Hobby HiFi 03/2008

With its ARIA MHT, VISATON has blended its flagship tweeter and smaller mid-bass units to produce a highly attractive loudspeaker. (...)
Visaton's magnetostatic tweeter knew exactly how to make a good impression in all respects with its gentle, rounded, totally convincing resolution and clarity. The mid-range stood out particularly due to its clear, precise vocal rendition. It was simply fantastic. (...)
ARIA MHT is (...) a seductive little loudspeaker with an overall soundquality which, at volumes up to medium level, far exceeds the physical size of the unit.

Extract from Elektor Audio 1/2008

From the start, the ARIA speakers make a convincing impression in the mid-range and reproduce voices unusually clearly. In connection with the silky smooth treble produced by the magnetostats, terms like "smooth" and "calming" automatically go through one's mind. What is really remarkable is the volume level achievable: the potential diaphragm excursion of the TI 100 is impressive.

Extract from Audio

“From the start, the ARIA speakers make a convincing impression in the mid-range and reproduce voices unusually clearly. In connection with the silky smooth treble produced by the magnetostats, terms like “smooth” and “calming” automatically go through one's mind. What is really remarkable is the volume level achievable: the potential diaphragm excursion of the TI 100 is impressive. Although the ARIA MHT produces powerful bass when used as a shelf speaker, it makes sense to add an active subwoofer if you need to emphasise the lowest frequencies.”

Grand Orgue / Petit Orgue (Klang & Ton 01/2011)

“Les Orgues” - two ambitious concepts that are well away from the mainstream and which are highly successful in practice. Emphasis is clearly on the lower-range frequencies which, thanks to the dipole technology, remain more clearly detectable, clear and deep than with other systems. The large diaphragm area of the full-range drivers supplements the bass to produce a rich, homogeneous whole, and results in total in loudspeakers that are both excellent and affordable and suited to any genre of music that would get hopelessly lost on small speakers.”

The differences between Grand Orgue & Petit Orgue:

“The Petit Orgue is a quarter the size of the Grand Orgue, but produces almost exactly the same readings (including depth of bass) and, mounted on a stand, is both visually and aurally a remarkable speaker. It is enough to take your breath away when you are sitting on your settee and watch this little box produce ultradeep bass of the most remarkable quality.” ... “in smaller rooms – in particular ones with bass production problems – this could be a real dream come true.”