Flare Zero system promises "best sound you'll hear, ever"

There's always room for hyperbole when it comes to high-end hi-fi, and Flare Audio has certainly packed plenty of serious claims into the launch of its new Flare Zero system.

The British speaker company usually focuses on the pro audio market, with industrial-looking speakers like the S1 and Q15 that aim to be "sonically invisible".

But now Flare Zero wants to bring its principles - and patent-pending technologies - to the home market, albeit at a price.

"Space enclosure construction technology, Vortex pressure abatement technology and Nanoflow driver alignment technology" are all involved, and in the case of the Flare Zero they make for a striking-looking system, with the 3D-printed Vortex "exhausts" particularly eye-catching.

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Standing at 1.8m tall, the Zero system uses aerospace-grade aluminium sourced from the company that makes parts for Rolls Royce.

The Flare One amplifier works with a speaker system featuring 1x 18in driver, 1x 10in driver, 1x 5in and 1x 1in. Flare Audio says the system is capable of pumping out 3.5 kilowatts (3,500W) of power, which makes it pretty hefty for a home installation.

Naturally, you won't find this in your local Richer Sounds, instead each system is personally delivered and installed, with the company happy to accommodate any space, from music venues to homes. And you'll need to give them some warning - each system apparently "takes an entire week to hand polish".

Further details on the system are thin on the ground and there's certainly no mention of price (if you have to ask, and all that). The company will only say that it's "strictly price on application".

But with Flare Audio claiming to "guarantee the best sound you'll hear, ever", you can presumably rely on your money being well spent...

You can find out more on the Flare Audio website.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).