British loudspeaker manufacturer Unity Audio have announced the release of The Super Rock — the company’s new flagship near / mid-field monitor that heads up their Rock range of reference two-way active monitors, which will begin shipping in June. The Super Rock is broadly based on the Rock MKII but with some significant improvements. Every single component and parameter of The Rock has been analyzed in microscopic detail and improved whilst keeping the same two-way design philosophy and convenient form. Unity are calling the The Super Rock “a landmark product that goes deeper, hits harder and retrieves even greater levels of resolution”.
Starting with the drivers, the diameter of the bass driver has been increased to 8 inches (220mm) — the same size as its bigger brother, The Boulder — however they have been customised to specifically match The Super Rock’s smaller sealed cabinet. Unity claim the 8-inch SEAS custom aluminium woofer delivers amazing micro and macro-dynamics. The cone and the low-loss rubber surround have also been specifically designed to eliminate cone edge resonance and distortion typically associated with soft cones. The same long, high temperature voice coil as The Boulder provides super low distortion and very high power handling capacity.
The bass driver hands over seamlessly to a Mundorf (AMT) Air Motion Transformer Tweeter that boasts low distortion figures, a low cross over point, an excellent transient response and carefully considered dispersion characteristics that deliver seamless inter-driver coherence, according to its makers.
The Super Rock is equipped with a 100W discrete bi-polar, low-feedback amplifier with custom wound transformers designed by the amp guru Tim de Paravicini of Esoteric Audio Research. Dedicated LF and HF sections are designed to deliver a very fast, clean and accurate audio reproduction.
Cabinet colourations are kept to a minimum with a redesigned Corian front baffle. The depth of this is up from 12mm to a huge 18mm with large radiused edges to reduce reflections and improve imaging. Like The Rock MKII, The Super Rock features the same attention to detail and is made from 18mm, 9-ply Baltic Birch plywood rather than MDF that is often used by other manufacturers.
“We raised the bar for the super rock, even greater resolution and detail while providing more SPL and bass extension. A beautifully and brutally honest monitor that's perfectly suited for either demanding tracking or critical mixing.” states Kevin Walker MD of Unity Audio Ltd
Super Rocks are intended to be used as near or mid-field monitors and can be used in a 2.1 or 5.1 system configuration when partnered with an Avalanche Sub-woofer or used as rears in a Boulder 5.1 surround system due to their consistent sonic signature.
The Super Rock will be officially launched at Prolight + Sound 2015, Frankfurt, Germany, 15 – 18 April 2015. Please visit Hall 5.1 Booth A73. For more information about the product and further details of the Unity Audio range of active reference monitors please visit www.unityaudioproducts.co.uk
“ The Rock active monitor has been a huge success and has been adopted by some of the world’s best audio professionals,” concludes Kevin Walker. “We think the Super Rock is a great addition to the range perfectly filling the gap between near-field The Rock MkII and the larger 3–way mid-field Boulder MkII.”
- 220mm (8”) SEAS Woofer
- Mundorf (AMT) Tweeter
- Sealed Baltic Birch 18mm (.75”) Plywood Cabinet
- Corian 30mm (1.2”) Front Baffle Design
- 2 x Discrete A/B Amplifiers by Esoteric Audio Research (100 watts total)
- Balanced XLR Input
- 35Hz-38kHz +/- 3db
- 354mm D x 268mm W x 406mm H
- 13.9” D x 10.5” W x 16” H
Price per pair: £3,540.00 / $5,250.00 / €4,750.00 (all excluding taxes)