Cabasse, the French loudspeaker brand, has announced the launch of The Pearl, an active, high-definition connected speaker, that concentrates all the expertise and technology from the flagship La Sphère into a compact form.

After three years research and development, The Pearl is faithful to the brand’s signature sound but in a compact and wireless speaker. In keeping with the familiar Cabasse aesthetic, The Pearl is spherical in shape. No fewer than six layers of lacquer were necessary to obtain the finish on the reinforced double-shell cabinets, in either metallic black with pure chromium rings, or pearl white with silver rings.

As the inventor of coaxial technology, Cabasse has succeeded in a new technological feat with The Pearl: develop and integrate into a much smaller volume (32cm for The Pearl, compared to 130cm in height for La Sphère), the first compact triaxial loudspeaker. Its brand new 25cm bass driver has a linear excursion of more than 30mm and is coupled with the coaxial midrange and tweeter in Cabasse patented carbon. Cabasse engineers have equipped The Pearl with an automatic calibration system (CRCS) that takes full advantage of the integrated microphone and Cabasse patented technology from the flagship La Sphère.

It is possible to link two Pearl speakers through a simple direct Wi-Fi connection, without then need for an additional box or hub. Connectivity options also permit the use of external sources such as a television, CD player, or even a turntable/phono stage combination via the optical and analogue inputs. It can be stand or wall mounted.

The Pearl, with its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, integrates within the Cabasse StreamCONTROL multi-room system and supports MP3, AAC, WMA, AIFF, FLAC and ALAC files including 24bit/192kHz high definition, whether they are stored on USB connected hard disks, networks or computers, internet radio or online music services (Spotify, Qobuz, Napster, Deezer, Tidal). The Pearl is compatible with the Google Assistant and soon Amazon Alexa and permits streaming anywhere in the home of any source connected to the speaker, as well as phones or tablets connected via Bluetooth.

For simplified use, The Pearl is also supplied with a remote control with the same finishes and clean, ergonomic design. The Bluetooth connected remote can easily control The Pearl’s volume by rotating the ring, and select the choice of input, operate play and pause and selection of a favourite radio station or music track from the presets. The Pearl is available now at a UK MSRP of £2,599 inc. VAT, with remote control, distributed in the UK by Connected Distribution.

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