Ultimate high fidelity, the perfect evolution
In 2004, Eclipse released TD712z, the flagship of the ECLIPSE TD range. This became the ultimate standard for the Eclipse brand.
Analogue speaker design has changed little since it began and achieving landmark progress presents a considerable challenge. To develop the original TD712z, Eclipse studied and tried new technologies with countless listening tests.
‘There is no limit in the pursuit of the ultimate: tuning each individual detail brings evolutionary progress.’
The target for TD712zMK2 was to extend the frontiers of performance achieved with the original. Because Eclipse wanted to offer a wider frequency response, and improved power handling, they undertook a fundamental review of all elements and functions. As a result, they achieved an even better impulse response than the original TD712z, which they thought would not be feasible at the launch in 2004.
So now, the artistry of music, the thoughts and feelings of artists themselves, the distinctive sounds of each instrument, the exquisite harmonies woven from numerous musical notes – you can experience it all with the new TD712zMK2 like you’ve never experienced it before.
The Flagship Technologies
In ECLIPSE TD series, the internal standing and diffraction waves generated at the front baffle edges are largely eliminated by adopting a rigid, yet tactile egg-shaped form, in which no two radial surfaces are in the same plane. With TD712zMK2, the wider frequency response has been dramatically improved by increasing the internal volume of the cabinet by approximately 50% from the original model, which also helps to reduce the back pressure on the driver for better impulse response.
TD712zMK2 and its stand is an ‘all-point’ contact design, achieved by using three steel legs mounted in the top of the column in combination with a specially machined, locking ring. This design eliminates undesirable vibrations, ensures tighter lower frequency performance and allows for angle adjustments, which is an unusual option for high-end speakers. Adjustments of 0 to 12 degrees of the head angle offer a wide range of flexibility in installation to suit the individual listening environments.
TD712zMK2 base adopts an unusual integrated spike and insulator foot arrangement, which delivers unique waveform reproduction capabilities. The mounting to the stand is by all-point-contact so that any minuscule residual vibrations from the drive-unit movements are further isolated from the floor. The speaker can be moved without scratching the floor and adjustments can easily be made manually and without the use of special tools.
12cm Full Range Driver
Because the cone needs to be extremely light, offering greater elasticity whilst still possessing high radial rigidity, fiberglass has been chosen as the ideal material for the drive-unit. It is then connected to the enclosure by a highly flexible, rubber surround incorporating a redesigned damping system. This allows precise, lateral piston movement. The magnetic flux density is approximately 10% greater than in the TD712z, providing a more powerful motor system.
Well Damped Stand
The dramatic, streamlined form of the stand echoes the design of aircraft wings in restraining the reflection of spherical waves. It is made from a combination of extruded and die-cast aluminum, offering both high rigidity and extensive internal damping, which eliminates any residual vibrations. The stand is filled with high-density, irregular sized kiln dried sand. It is the combination of these elements in the structure that allows precise reproduction of low-frequency waveforms. Functional beauty was born from seeking high-performance.