Falcon’s graphene powered flagship

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Falcon’s graphene powered flagship
Friday, September 14, 2018

The Falcon GC6500R Reference speaker (first spotted at the Munich High End) incorporates a number of proprietary technical advances including the breakthrough Falcon Sonaweave graphene enhanced nano-platelet cone in its bass drivers. The use of Graphene is said to “make the diaphragm 60% lighter and thinner than conventional drivers, with significantly improved rigidity and damping and a natural, well-controlled roll-off.”

Falcon’s Jerry Bloomfield says: “Falcon’s involvement in cone material development goes back decades, and it was clear to us that the incorporation of graphene into loudspeaker cone material could give major improvements in driver response times, enabling the use of significantly lighter cones with greater rigidity and inherently better damping.”

Extensive computer modelling led Falcon to choose an inverse hypocycloid profile for the waveguide around the GC6500R’s horn-loaded dome midrange driver, which has been re-engineered in-house to give a significantly smoother response whilst reducing the already low distortion by a further 40%. A ribbon tweeter has been modified by Falcon to give an outstandingly smooth response.

The GC6500’s crossover network is mounted on a rigid 3.2mm Laminated FR4 PCB with gold-plated, double-side 2oz. copper tracking, and features precision-wound close tolerance air core Inductors, and Polypropylene capacitors. All internal wiring is in 2.5mm copper with TPE Insulation.

The cabinet is hand-made in Italy using laminated 25mm MDF with an extra 9mm of damping throughout. The Alcantara covered baffle is computer profiled for minimal diffraction while the reinforced rear panel features Falcon-profiled heatsinks within a precision tooled back plate. Finishes available include a choice of walnut and mahogany real wood veneers and, at a premium, exotic wood veneers or any customer-specified high gloss RAL colour.  The GC6500’s smoked glass top is complemented by metal work made from precision-ground MIC6 Aluminium Cast Tool Plate. Typical retail price for walnut and mahogany real wood veneers is £18,995 and the GC6500 will be available in October.