Purchasing this upgrade or just want to see what the install procedure is like? Download the Install Guide here:
ONIX Reference 1.5 Ninja Install Guide
All New Network!
Unlike anything you have seen yet for the Reference 1.5, the Reference 1.5 Ninja is completely new.
Developed by Danny Richie of GR Research exclusively for Skiing Ninja Systems™, the benefits of the Reference 1.5 Ninja crossover are:
- Balanced amplitude.
- Higher and easier to drive impedance load.
- Control the resonance break-up mode of the woofer.
- Maintain a clean spectral decay (no stored energy).
- Higher degree of phase accuracy.
- Consistent off axis response both vertically and horizontally.
Overall you will notice a higher level of detail, texture, focus, superior sound stage, dynamics, musicality, and transparency. What does that mean? We use as few components in our networks as possible. This allows the cleanest signal to be passed to your speakers. Rest assured this does not change the frequency response of the speaker or the overall character.
Texture – all of the ‘inner’ details of each instrument comes across clearly. The ‘live’ feel comes across so well because the subtleties that are normally lost are finally present. The more revealing the overall presentation is, the more convincing it is.
Focus – We tightly match our components. While most components are 5 or even 10% tolerance, we use only 5% or less tolerance components.
Sound stage – moves the sound stage from being within the confines of the speaker and moves it out, up, and behind the speaker. This helps recreate the sense of space and volume of the original performance.
Dynamics – Our networks use high quality Mills resistors and Alpha-Core copper foil inductors. This means no masking of top end detail, no muddled midrange and more convincing slam on the low end. There is a lot of techno mumbo jumbo about the why’s of this and it would be too much to detail here. Contact us if you want more info.
Transparency – The ability for the speakers to remove themselves from the performance. Our networks enhance this ability due to their magnetically correct layout, point to point build and superior quality components.
Musicality – The best part and why we are all here. Everything your speakers used to do they will do better with Ninja networks and upgrades.
Diffraction Be Gone Benefits
Sound waveforms from your tweeters are shorter in length than the width of your speaker cabinets. These waveforms are being randomly reflected by your speaker baffles and edges to your listening position slightly out of time with the original event. Not a good thing. These waveforms carry the first arrival and higher harmonics of your midrange along with all things high frequency. Diffraction Be Gone removes this almost as if you had taken the boxes away.
We had custom cut high density real wool felt (accept no substitute) tweeter surrounds or fascias made for the Reference 1.5's that absorb and quiet this interaction. What you will get when this is removed is a clearer view into your stage and recordings. What the microphone captured is revealed in your room without the distortion to time (body) and phase (space) caused by early reflection. Space opens up, deepens. Vocals and instruments appear more truthfully in that space, rounder and more physically right. The tweeter surrounds attach with Velcro tabs (included) and also eliminate the issues caused by grills - yes you can now run your grills installed!
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Ninja networks utilize the very best cost-conscious components available. If you want more in-depth information on these components, visit our components page.
The component layout of a Ninja network is carefully chosen to provide the shortest signal path possible while also ensuring magnetic field contamination is keep to a minimum or non-existent. For more information on why this is important, visit our layout information page.
We don't stop with crossover network upgrades. A speaker's final sound quality is very much a sum of its parts. The crossover network design, the crossover network parts quality, the cabinet, internal wiring, drive units and binding posts. All of these items contribute to the end product - of which the goal is to simulate a live event with perfect accuracy. Click the options info tab above for more information!