World class loudspeaker performance for real-world systems:
Introducing Rockport’s new Cygnus loudspeaker.
In an industry where hyperbole reigns supreme, and additional money spent often has little correlation to improved performance, the Cygnus is truly an uncommon loudspeaker.
Maintaining the iconic Rockport form, the Cygnus embodies all of the attributes that the Avior II and Atria II are known for, yet brings each of these elements to an even higher performance level. The result is a loudspeaker which, like its siblings, transcends the boundaries of technical excellence and enters the realm of actually making music.
The Cygnus features Rockport’s new Aluminum/MDF hybrid construction, where the baffle is machined from two ¾” thick, aircraft grade aluminum plates that sandwich a viscoelastic polymer, forming a 1 ½” thick, constrained-mode damped composite sub-baffle. This aluminum sub-baffle assembly is in turn bolted and bonded onto the enclosure’s 3 inch thick MDF inner baffle. All of the drive units are mounted to the aluminum sub-baffle assembly, which results in a dramatically lower noise floor, as well as greater dynamic articulation and resolution from the drive units themselves.
The Cygnus’ beryllium tweeter is mounted into a custom, machined aluminum waveguide which improves the acoustic impedance match of the tweeter at the low end of its range, allowing for lower distortion and greater dynamic expression from the tweeter itself, and improved dispersion characteristics at the midrange/tweeter crossover point. Numerous prototype waveguides were modeled and manufactured using the stereolithography process until the optimum waveguide profile was achieved. The waveguide is precision diamond-machined and then anodized, rendering a beautiful 3-D luster, and providing an ideal mounting surface for the tweeter.
The Cygnus loudspeaker benefits from Rockport’s latest generation midrange, and uses Rockport’s state-of-the-art, variable section thickness, carbon fiber sandwich composite cone matched to an enormously powerful, ultra-low distortion motor system. With a usable bandwidth of nearly 6 octaves, distortion figures lower than some amplifiers (-60 dB!), as well as linear excursion that rivals many midbass drivers, the midrange reproduction of the Cygnus is groundbreaking. When matched to the new waveguide-mounted beryllium tweeter, the Cygnus midrange is extraordinarily resolved, textured, and dynamically engaging, and presents music with a coherency so natural it’s uncanny.
Genuine, first octave extension is delivered via two, all new, custom designed and built 10″ carbon fiber/sandwich composite woofers per channel. The woofer’s massive 3″ diameter motor system provides enormous thermal and mechanical headroom and also exhibits the same vanishingly low distortion figures as Rockport’s midrange driver (-60 dB!). With 50% greater surface area than the Avior’s twin woofers, the extension, ease, and resolution of the Cygnus’ bass registers is world class by any standard, especially given the enclosure’s modest proportions.
Like all Rockport Technologies loudspeakers, the singular purpose to re-create a musical experience is echoed in each design choice, and every detail of the Cygnus is finished to the highest standard.
Rockport Cygnus Specifications:
- Woofers (2) 10″ carbon fiber sandwich composite
- Midrange 6″ carbon fiber sandwich composite
- Tweeter Waveguide mounted 1″ beryllium dome
- Height 50.50″
- Width 13.50″
- Depth 27.50″
- Weight 285 lbs. each
- Frequency Response 20 Hz – 30 KHz, -3dB
- Nominal Impedance 4 ohms
- Sensitivity 90 dB SPL/2.83 v
- Min. amplifier power 30 watts
“The Rockport Technologies Cygnus is one of the best loudspeakers ever to emerge from Andy Payor’s lair in Maine, and that’s saying something — he’s produced a long string of winners. I’d wager that, in terms of price vs. performance, it might be a new high-water mark for the brand. I can think of several highly regarded speakers costing circa $100,000/pair that can’t produce the Cygnus’s level of sound quality. It’ll do 20Hz bass with power and articulation; most speakers, even expensive ones, can’t. Its highs are open, effortless, and revealing, but never grate, unlike many detail-centric speakers. Its midrange is simply there, with no coloration or veiling. The soundstage can be huge, the imaging precise but not miniaturized. And the Cygnus does all this from a cabinet far smaller than you’d ever predict from its sound alone.”
Stereophile, Jeff Fritz, February 2016, Reviewers Choice
“The Cygnus/Soulution sound was fantastic right off the bat, with superb dynamics, color, transients, and three-dimensional body on “Mood Indigo” from my Ellington LP. On a second visit, my Taj Mahal disc proved to be just as terrific, with wonderful resolution of detail, no shoutiness on the Pointer Sisters’ backup vocals, and real ease on fortes.”
The Absolute Sound, Jonathan Valin, May 2019, Munich High End Show Report