On looks alone it radiates quality, but run your hands over R5 MiE and you can feel the dedication that’s been spent on each component part. Equally its assembly is not rushed and like a fine Swiss watch each unit is individually hand assembled and tested at our headquarters in Southend on Sea, England.
In design, unique to R5 MiE is the slatted wood grille. Hand-crafted from multiple layers of walnut veneer bonded to a black substrate the tolerances on this need to be exact, so the slats blend perfectly with the machined alloy display assembly. Adding further to R5 MiE’s individuality is the veneer that clads the enclosure. With truly green credentials, these veneers are man-made from commercially grown sustainable woods such as poplar. By cutting, colouring and recomposing, the resulting veneers can closely mimic protected rare woods such as rosewood, but for R5 MiE we have chosen a veneer pattern which is modern yet sophisticated, giving each an eye catching look. With multiple layers of lacquer applied along with hand sanding between coats a lustre of finish is created that only care and time brings.
In terms of audio we’ve carried over the enhancements we created for our limited edition R5 Signature. With revised routing of key signal paths, high purity oxygen free speaker cables and our STEREO+ sound processing, R5 MiE produces a natural and detailed sound-stage that extends way beyond its compact dimensions.
Over the coming years we expect our MiE project products to become increasingly sought after. With a limited production run of just 35 units to celebrate the launch of our first Sabre and Broadsword speakers in 1986, we expect that R5 MiE will sell quickly, but the lucky owners will have a truly special product to appreciate and enjoy for years to come.