True point source
Perfect time coherence
True minimum phase response
Hard wired hand soldered
Single 3.5 inch full-range, cast frame transducer
MLSSA matched transducers
Superior five-way terminals
10 year limited warranty
Health friendly, Eco-friendly and "all green" cabinets
Can the Sampan FTL take on the Amphion Ion ($1,495)?
" ..The Amphion ... doesn’t present the depth and holography of the [Sampan] FTL. Nor is it as coherent and immediately engaging. The Ion has it’s own strengths and appeal. but doesn’t possess the addictive coherency and flow, the magic of the [Sampan] FTL.
Robert Learner, Sonic Flare
Can the Sampan FTL take on the Magnepan 1.6QR speakers?
The Sampan FTLs, "...are absolute champs when it comes to soundstage portrayal, tonal accuracy, and coherence from top to bottom and musicality. I even found myself reconsidering my own listening preferences and questioning the performance of my Magnepans in several areas when compared to the Sampan FTL (in particular overall musicality, soundstage depth and micro detail). Consider it strong praise indeed for these little overachievers."
Craig Johnson in Affordable$$Audio
Ultralinear.net reviews the Sampan FTL
"The Sampans ... have a big, bold, expansive sound.... It really takes some time to come to terms with just how much energy they can put into a room. There’s always a tendency to look up and say to yourself, “all of this is coming from those two little boxes? That can’t be right."
(Paul Cervantes, Ultralinear.net. Note: Ultralinear.net. is no longer on line)
Can VMPS RM40 owner Robert Learner finds satisfaction in the Sampan FTL micro speaker?
"Surprise #1 was the amount of detail the FTL threw at me. ... you get timing and texture -- this is a potent combo.
Surprise #2 is how deep these tiny boxes go. ... the Sampan FTLs subjectively deliver, and music across the frequency spectrum has appropriate body.
Surprise #3 is the other end of the frequency spectrum. The rolled off highs I often experience with single driver designs is MIA here. The FTLs [are] notably neutral throughout the entire frequency range.
...That the FTL manages to fit a nearly three foot [transmission] line in a box about a fifth of a cubic foot in volume is indicative of high quality cabinet design and construction."
Sonic Flare, April 25, 2007
Here is what Positive Feedback has to say:
"... the little Sampan FTLs were dynamic and surprisingly extended at both ends of the frequency spectrum. ... the speakers sounded much bigger than they looked...vocals and acoustic guitar sounded full-bodied and robust."
John Acton of Positive Feedback comments on the Sampan FTL at AudioKarma Fest 2007 in Michigan.
Here is what Affordableaudio.org had to say upon hearing the Sampan FTLs at AudioKarma Fest ‘07.
"Audio Two (Windsor, Ontario) surprised many listeners with the sound, size and price of the Role Sampan FTL speakers .... They are incredibly small (8”x4”x9.5”) and lightweight ... considering the full-range sound they are able to produce from a single 3.5” driver in a folded transmission line. Electronics were a Croft battery powered preamp and amplifier and Connoisseur CD player."
affordableaudio.org, Issue 16, April 2007 report on AudioKarma Fest ‘07
Ultralinear.net evaluates the Sampan FTL as high end computer speakers
"Do the Role Audio Sampan FTLs win the title of world’s greatest computer speaker? I can only say that I have yet to hear better. ...There’s no way I can convey just how well these tiny speakers play. ...They are truly some of the most amazing dynamic speakers that I have ever used. You really owe to yourself to try a pair. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself listening to them more than you ever imagined and in far larger rooms than you might believe possible."
Paul Cervantes, ultralinear,net
for the rhythms of life