Empire Grenadier

1 9 6 7 1967
1 9 7 3 1973

And now for something completely different : EMPIRE !

Like Napoleon's troops storming over Europe, the Grenadier beams bass tones over 360° and high frequencies over 140° thanks to a divergent acoustic lens - Grenadiers are everywhere with their hefty ceramic magnets.

The Grenadier 9000M is also firmly footed on the battle ground with its round, vibration-free, marble-topped and unbending enclosure. Fitting smaller battlefields, the Grenadier 8000P bears the same high-frequency drivers and divergent lenses but holds a slightly smaller woofer.
Making up for that, the design of the 8000P is quite reminiscent of a greek column - the return of all Empires' solid and proven symbolical references indeed :)

Empire Scientific had its heyday in the 1960s with the Troubadour turntables, Cavalier and Grenadier loudspeakers - all heavyweights in weight... and decor.
Empire survived well into the 1970s, mostly with its cartridge and stylus lineups, and later on faded into this - empires never last as long as they would fancy to.

However, Benz Micro took over the stock of Empire cartridges, know-how and tooling and became one of the most recognized makers of high-end audiophile MC cartridges - empires often change into something else rather than completely disappear.


Alhough the Emperor never pushed that far (lucky for everybody), here's a pair of 9000M in Japan.

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Empire Grenadier specifications
Title Value
Grenadier 9000M Grenadier 9000M
Frequency response : 20Hz...20Khz
Components : 15" high-compliance woofer
midrange direct radiator
ultrasonic domed tweeter
wide-angle acoustic lens
Crossovers : 450Hz
5Khz
Controls : 3-step treble response switch
Sound dispersion : 360° below 450Hz
140° up to 20Khz
Minimum input : 20W
Maximum output : 100W, undistorted
Impedance : 8 Ohm
Dimensions : 74 x 56cm
Weight : ?
Finish : satin walnut + marble top
List price : 299,95$
Grenadier 8000P Grenadier 8000P
Frequency response : 25Hz...20Khz
Components : 12" high-compliance woofer
midrange direct radiator
ultrasonic domed tweeter
wide-angle acoustic lens
Crossovers : 450Hz
5Khz
Controls : Dynamic reflex Stop System (bass)
3-step response switch (treble)
Sound dispersion : 360° below 450Hz
140° up to 20Khz
Minimum input : 20W
Maximum output : 100W, undistorted
Impedance : 8 Ohm
Dimensions : 74 x 41cm
Weight : ?
Finish : satin walnut + walnut or marble top
List price : 249,95$
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