If my recent assignments are any indication, Canada is the new hotbed of speaker technology. Case in point: Fluance’s Ai40, a $200 pair of nicely sonorous bookshelf speakers with all the Bluetooth accouterments—including aptX support. Their secret? Messing with your mind via your ears.
Design and specs
If you’re looking for something that’s exciting or unusual in appearance, then the Ai40’s are not for you. These are basic black, baby, but I like ‘em. The 10.9-inch-tall, 6.5-inch-deep, 7.6-inch-wide speakers feature 5-inch woofers and 1-inch silk dome, ferrofluid cooled tweeters (with a crossover at 2600Hz). Ferrofluid, as you might have guessed, is nothing more than iron particles suspended (magnetically) in a light viscosity liquid. It’s generally employed in a ring surrounding the voice coil to reduce heat transfer from the coil to the diaphragm.