Inklang Ayers Three is a fantastic speaker that is capable of producing a crystal clear sound image with sharp details and tight bass in small to medium spaces. A large work of art from Hamburg.
- Very clear and precise sound
- Very room-friendly thanks to its sleek shape
- Large color selection
- Could use a little more bass
- Need amplifiers with a lot of power
In Hamburg Altona, Thomas Carstensen’s team builds speakers under the name Inklang. The procedure is to pack the best possible sound in the smartest house possible. Inklang places special emphasis on adaptation. You can choose the surface texture and color of your speakers according to your personal preferences. With Inklang Ayers Three, we have set out to make the company’s smallest and slimmest floor-standing speaker. In our test, you can find out if the sleek speaker can cut a compelling figure in our listening studio.
Lean structure with a lot of know-how
Inklang Ayers Three is a floor-standing speaker with a classic 3-way design. The music signal is divided into three areas: the high, medium and low frequency range. The corresponding treble speakers and midrange drivers are in front, the bass driver on the side for space reasons. Like the much larger Mission QX-5 MKII, the front of the speaker can remain so fine and narrow. So Ayers Three grows in depth to create the necessary volume for the good sound.
With a diameter of 30 millimeters, the tweeter is very large for a silk dome. This should enable him to play down to a frequency of 750 Hz. Inklang expects better spatial imaging from this. Its interaction with the midrange should also be improved in this way. Its membrane measures 120 millimeters in diameter and consists of paper reinforced with fiberglass. The lateral bass driver takes care of everything below 100 Hz. Its 180 mm cone is also based on the fiberglass-paper blend. With it, Inklang Ayers Three should be able to play up to the range around 20 Hz.
All three drivers reach their signal from the carefully designed crossover. It is housed in an airtight chamber, which is to protect it from vibrations caused by the changing sound pressure inside the speaker. You do not see any of this from the outside. Only the large gilded tie posts protrude on the back. A bass reflex channel opens over the large cover, which is intended to support the bass reproduction.
This is how Inklang Ayers Three sounds
Tim Minchin performs with prejudices a hymn to all the redheads out there. The audience at Queen Elizabeth Hall does not know whether to laugh or clap and just does both. Inklang Ayers Three places you in the middle of the audience and lets you experience the jubilation all around you. The stage and instruments are rock solid in front of you, one step ahead and you can touch the grand piano. The sleek speakers are extremely good for imaging.
However, this song also reveals a slight weakness in the speaker. S-sounds in Minchin’s voice are a little, but noticeably over-emphasized. The drum cymbals also leave a lasting impression thanks to the tweeter. However, there is no denying that every single part of the drum kit takes shape right in front of you. Voices and instruments also shine with an enormous presence.
Bass: manageable but accurate
The pair’s side-mounted subwoofers just do not seem to be able to vibrate as much air as you are used to from a floor-standing speaker of this size. The convict of A Perfect Circle can usually come with a good portion of bass power. However, the hard drum beats initially lose some of their usual attacking energy.
This may be due in part to the location of the bass drivers, which have so far turned outwards. We change the speakers so that the bass drivers now face each other across the room. The bass is immediately stronger and builds noticeably more foundation. This is a bit at the expense of control, but luckily Inklang has more than enough of it. Although the bass is not quite as loud and deep, the Ayers Three has all the impulses under control.
So Inklang Ayers Three may not make your walls shake. However, we have only rarely encountered their level of precision and relentlessly honest recording in the listening studio. Their sound is a bit sleek and “clean”, but also speaks of good hi-fi virtues. Inklang Ayers Three is in many ways the exact counterpart to the newly tested Mission QX-5 MKII. Despite a similar setup (bass driver on the side, midrange and treble on the front), Mission offers a much more pronounced bass, but sounds less accurate in the midrange and high notes.
With this structure, Inklang promises to be particularly interesting for modern life situations. Their bass does not exaggerate, but it also does not let boredom arise and therefore fits perfectly with the well-designed style from Inklang Ayers Three.
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Ayers Three in practice
Fresh out of the box, you should give Inklang Ayers Three – like all other speakers – a few hours to days to break in. In our listening study, their sound benefited greatly from this, as only then can the individual diaphragms and drivers develop their full mobility. The effect of two nights playing out on the floor-standing speaker is well worth it!
How you set it up can make a dramatic difference in the sound of your hi-fi system. As you have already read above, the speakers can develop a completely different character when the bass drivers point inwards or outwards. You can also influence the scene by turning the speakers slightly towards yourself. If you are looking for more tips for the ideal placement of your speakers, take a look at our guide.
Of course, there are many features that determine whether an amplifier will work well with your speakers. However, efficiency can be a first indicator of whether a speaker is easy to tame or not. With an efficiency of only 83 dB, your amplifier should not be too weak on the chest. On a Rotel RA-1592 MKII, Inklang can make a superb appearance, but the digital amplifier Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 reaches its limits here.
Inklang Design: Versatile and fantastically smart
Ayers Three from Inklang is recognizable as a hi-fi speaker, but at the same time it is also a fashionable space object. The sleek shape makes the box quite easy to integrate into most living rooms without attracting too much attention. You can get Ayers Three in a remarkable range of colors that perfectly match the interior. Inklang offers you 10 different standard colors. For a surcharge, however, Inklang will also respond to your personal color preferences.
Incidentally, the names of the standard colors – like the speaker itself – often have a connection to Australia. For example, you can order your Ayers Three in Uluru Red or Kalbarri White. In addition, you have the choice between a matte, semi-matte or glossy surface. The craftsmanship and finish of our pair of speakers (by the way in silk matte Yarrabah White) are flawless.
Despite its delicate shape, the Inklang Ayers Three weighs a considerable 20.5 kg each. This speaks for a comfortable strong box construction. The base plate in anodised aluminum ensures that the speaker stands solidly despite its high weight and narrow bottom. Here you can choose between a silver and black version.
Magnetic covers for the front and the bass driver on the side are of course also available, but only at an additional cost. The scope of delivery actually only includes the actual pair of speakers.
Test conclusion Including Ayers Three: Design furniture in top quality
With Ayers Three, Inklang offers you a floor-standing speaker that you can tailor to your individual visual ideas. This speaker is definitely a design object. The sound also matches with its fine resolution and razor-sharp stage presentation. Other speakers may offer you more bass pressure, but Ayers Three scores with dry precision and razor-sharp imaging. On the fashionably sparsely decorated ceiling, the sleek bass is just right, as is the elegant aesthetic.
If you want to achieve party volume in the living room, speakers with more spice may suit you better. There are also more suitable speakers for rooms larger than 35 square meters. But if you also want to perceive the finest nuances of your music without placing sumptuous speaker towers in your living room, the stylish Inklang Ayers Three speaker is for you.
|driver||3 (1 x treble speaker, 2 x midrange, 1 x woofer)|
|efficiency||83dB (1W / 1m)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||239 x 1013 x 353 mm|
|available colors||10 different colors, three different surfaces, free color choice for a fee|
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What do you think of the sleek floor-standing speaker Ayers Three from Inklang? How important is a good design for your hi-fi system to you? Tell us in the comments!