The Joeys are one of the babies of Legend’s range with the same fast open natural sound. So they are ideal speakers for a true ‘high fidelity’ stereo system in a smaller room. They are also superb as rear speakers in a home theatre system with their bigger siblings – or as front speakers L/R in their own right.
Like all Legend loudspeakers the Joeys have been subject to continuous improvement. We have taken great care to minimise colouration, particularly resonances both in drivers and cabinets. that give many speakers a ‘warm but fuzzy’ sound – and make all recordings sound ‘nice’, much like bathroom resonances make us all sound like operatic tenors or sopranos. Or like adding 3 spoons of sugar to everything so that all taste sweet – but all the same!
With the Joey 9s we employ new bass-midrange units with cones that are made of very strong aluminium alloy and further strengthened by radial ribs so that they remain pistonic (do not break-up) in their pass band. Similarly the new tweeters have aluminium alloy domes that are further strengthened by anodising which pushes their break-up well beyond human hearing. We have also taken great care to acoustically isolate the tweeter from the mid-bass unit.
The measurements of the Joey 9s are shown in the graph to the right. The frequency response (FR) is very flat at +/- 2dB from 55 Hz to above 10 kHz so maintain the tonal accuracy of your music. The total harmonic distortion (THD) is less than 0.1% (better than some amplifiers!) from 250-8000 Hz, rising to less than 1% at 70Hz where the bass excursion is a maximum (and the distortion is mainly innocuous 2nd order) so you hear your music more clearly as it was recorded.
The crossover circuits have also been improved to give seamless transition between these drivers so there is no sudden change in tonal character with frequency as can occur with some loudspeakers. They use air-cored inductors, improved ‘Supreme’ polypropylene capacitors and low-inductance wire-wound resistors to minimise their distortion.
The Joey cabinets are very rigidly constructed with 19 mm panels and 25 mm baffle with internal bracing to minimise panel vibrations and resonances. The internal walls are non-parallel to reduce internal reflections and so standing waves – resonaces in the internal air column that smear the sound in time. And Legend’s unique elasticated grille that just wraps around the baffle eliminates diffraction from the grille which would affect the tonal balance and imaging.
Thus with all these distortion-reducing techniques the Joeys are very faithful to the signal fed to them both in the time and frequency domains. With well-recorded music through high quality front-end electronics, the Joeys will sound just ‘like being there’. In other words, a mini-monitor with true “high fidelity/faithfulness”.