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Stratton Acoustics heads to the windy city for its NorthAmerican debut

Stratton Acoustics 11 April 2024 0 comments

April 11, 2024: Stratton Acoustics Ltd, the UK-based high-end loudspeaker manufacturer, is taking its Element 12 loudspeaker to the AXPONA 2024 high-end audio exhibition, set to take place in Chicago’s Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Centre (April 12-14).

Recently launched to great acclaim at the Audio Deluxe Show in the UK, the Element 12, a 2-way, reflex-loaded design with integral stand, will be exhibited on the first floor of the hotel, in room 1- Schaumburg C. Our presence at the show will be facilitated by our good friends at Rutherford Audio, North America’s top high-end audio distributor. In addition, Stratton Acoustics founder, David Fowler, has been invited to take join the panel of an AXPONA seminar, titled ‘Speaker Design: Inside and Outside the Box’, taking place on Saturday April 13 (2:15pm – 3:15pm) in the Schaumburg East room.

Fellow invited speakers on the panel will be Jeff Joseph (Joseph Audio), Andrew Jones (Chief Loudspeaker Designer, MoFi Electronics), Matthew Webster (CEO, YG Acoustics) and Paul Barton (Founder & Chief Designer, PSB Speakers). ‘As a relatively new loudspeaker manufacturer,’ says David Fowler, ‘I’m humbled, on behalf of Stratton Acoustics, to be invited to share the stage with such hi-fi industry legends.’

‘Personally, I’m greatly looking forward to absorbing their collective wisdom and learnings, while also being given the opportunity to share Stratton Acoustics’ particular perspective and approach to the art of speaker design.’

Contacts during AXPONA 2024:

David Fowler, Stratton Acoustics:
Robb Niemann, Rutherford Audio:

The Stratton Acoustics Element 12… a summary

Created by the same duo that conceived the Elypsis 1512 – David Fowler (founder, designer and manufacturer) and Phil Ward (electro-acoustic engineer) – the Element 12’s performance aims are identical: to give a singular, uncommon focus on dynamics, rhythm and engagement, but contained within a smaller, more easily accommodated enclosure.

And once again, as with the 1512, every aspect of the Element 12 – available in four, distinctive high gloss finishes – is wholly artisanal in nature, being precision-engineered and hand-made in the UK by a team of talented specialist contractors, under the watchful eye and direction of the creators.

Formed from 26mm/46mm bamboo ply panels, the Element 12’s internally braced cabinet, as the name suggests, houses a single, custom-made 12in paper bass/mid driver with dual voice-coils and a NeFeB (neodymium-iron-boron) magnet motor system. Twin reflex ports – located out of sight on the underside of the speaker – are tuned to deliver an in-room response down to 38Hz.
High frequencies come courtesy of the same 29mm (1.2in) soft dome tweeter used in the Elypsis 1512 model, housed in Stratton’s patented Mechanically Isolated Tweeter Assembly and, once again, using a NeFeB magnet motor. At 94dB the overall system sensitivity is impressively high, placing little in the way of restrictions on partnering amplification.

Supporting the speaker is an integral stand, formed from 3mm thick, powder-coated, structural steel panels – based on Voronoi geometry – all underpinned by a high-gloss bamboo ply and natural cork base. Initially, the speaker will be available in four, high gloss mirror finishes: Piano white with silver, Piano black with Black and Gold, Maple with Silver, and Ziricote with Black and Gold.

‘There are many, many forms of addiction,’ says David Fowler, ‘Ours is simply the desire to continue creating beautifully crafted, artisan-built loudspeakers that nail you to your seat
the instant you hear them playing the music you can’t get enough of. ‘In short, we get our ‘fix’ by supplying customers with theirs…’


Price (per pair)
Element 12: $42K, £32K, €38K
Four finishes: Piano white with silver, Piano black with Black and Gold, Maple with Silver, and Ziricote with Black and Gold.

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For any further info/images please contact: –
Kulwinder Singh Rai
T: +44 (0) 7974 143813

About Stratton Acoustics
Stratton Acoustics is a new United Kingdom-based loudspeaker manufacturer, launched to
bring drama, excitement, exceptional quality and bespoke manufacture to high-end
consumer audio. Inspired by the large-scale studio monitors that shaped music recording in
the 1970s and 1980s, the first Stratton Acoustics loudspeaker was the ambitious and
imposing Elypsis 1512, now joined by the Element 12.

Stratton Acoustics Element 12 – Specifications
System Type – Twin reflex-loaded, two-way, high-sensitivity passive loudspeaker
Enclosure – Fully braced bamboo ply with CNC machined aluminium trims
Integrated Stand – Folded Voronoi-geometry structural panels with a bamboo ply and natural cork base
Bass/Mid Driver – 12in (300mm) with NeFeB motor, paper diaphragm and twin voice-coils
Tweeter – 1.2in (29mm) waveguide-loaded soft dome with NeFeB motor
Midband Sensitivity – 94dB for 2.83V @ 1m
Dimensions (H x W x D) – 48in (1214mm) x 19.7in (500mm) x 23.5in (596mm)
Weight – (inc. stand) 105 lbs (47.6kg)