Node Hylixa Signature

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Node Hylixa Signature
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Back in 2018 Node launched Hylixa, the world’s first ‘Helical Bass’ loudspeaker, which was made possible using advanced laser-based 3D printing. Since then, the Node’s Cambridge-based team have been busy further refining Hylixa’s sonic performance and aesthetics, culminating in the Hylixa Signature.  

The all-new base design features a heavyweight disc machined from a solid billet of stainless steel. This helps reduce energy transmission and provides an aesthetic which is more compatible with different interior styles. The single central pillar of the legacy model remains, but here it has been thoroughly re-engineered for improved acoustic transparency. Extruded aluminium is replaced with a laser-fused pillar component from the same dynamically inert glass-nylon material as the head of the speaker. This provides increased internal space for the upgraded crossover and completely eliminates metal components. 

Hylixa’s crossover introduced an industry first in its true 3D chassis, which cradles each component within a rigid body to reduce vibrational interference. Here, the Hylixa Signature goes one step further. A larger, magazine-loaded, laser-fused structure further spaces the components, and becomes a structural element to the main pillar for enhanced damping. The binding posts are now at floor level for even more discrete hook-up. 

The crossover receives upgraded Mundorf capacitors, with Duelund internal wiring throughout. The result of which is a greater dynamic expression, realism and natural tone, whilst preserving the holographic imaging, and wide bandwidth that has defined Node’s legacy Hylixa loudspeakers. 

As well as the “endless” cabinet paint options and precious metal fascia plating, the base is available as bright stainless steel or chemically blackened, so prospective owners can create a truly unique aesthetic. Node offer a complimentary CGI visualisation service for thorough experimentation to achieve the perfect combination. Node will demonstrate a pre-production pair at next months Salon Privé show at Blenheim Palace, whilst show-goers to October’s UK Audio Show in Daventry will be the first to experience the finalised production version. Prices start from £30,000.