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The Criterion

This model has been discontinued. The following is the last info made available on this model before it was discontinued.

Having set a new standard for high end performance at an entry level price point with our A/V series kits, we have accepted a new challenge to step it up a notch with the Criterion.

The result of this all out effort is the Lucidity series, and the first in this series is the Criterion.

The word "Criterion" means a standard by which others are judged. It is a fitting name for a speaker that will be a reference standard for small mini-monitors.

This line has been designed by Danny Richie to be offered by Creative Sound Solutions in Canada and through GR Research here in the US.

We have been able to hit a moderate price point by releasing the Criterion as a DIY kit, which allows us to offer a very high degree of affordability despite the cost- no-object approach, but fully assembled units are also available.

The Criterion sets a new standard for small monitors. Resolution, clarity, and detail will rival even the most expensive speakers.

The tweeter is the new G2si ribbon from Aurum Cantus.

The woofer is the latest revision of the highly regarded Eton 5-880/25 HEX-b woofer. In this configuration it will reach a -3db down point of 55Hz.

The crossover design is a parallel network using Alpha Core foil inductors, Sonicap capacitors, and Mills resistors. Heavy SCI binding post, ports, wire, solder and all diagrams are included. No upgrades are offered. It comes with the best components available, period.

The Criterion is an outstanding solution for small room and near field listening requirements. Minimum recommended amplification is 30 to 50 watts. Amplification in the 100 watt range is ideal.

Criterions can be ordered three different ways.

As a Kit: This is for the more adventurous or for the hobbyist. This offers the greatest level of value and leaves assembly to you. Some wood working skills are also required.

Fully Assembled: This option gets you a completed pair of speakers that are custom built for you and ready to play.

Custom built matching stands are also available. Click the link and check them out.

Criterion Specifications

  • 2-way bass reflex design
  • New parallel crossover network using the best available components.
  • Aurum Cantus G2 si ribbon tweeter.
  • Latest Eton 5-880/25 HEX-b woofer
  • Frequency response is +/-1.5dB
  • -3dB is 55hz
  • Sensitivity is 85dB (1watt/1m)
  • Recommended amplification is 50 to 100 watts and no more than 200 watts.
  • Impedance 8 ohms nominal and 5 ohms minimal.
  • Dimensions: 12" x 7.5" x 11.75" hwd.

Your Price: Call for pricing
Item Number: Criterion
Manufacturer: GR Research
Manufacturer Part No: Criterion


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