Sapphire

There were two versions of the Sapphire; the original ‘Sapphire’ and the later ‘Sapphire II’.

Fast, attacking delivery, precise and urgent! Capture the mood of rock particularly well, but partner with care to avoid treble harshness.

Sapphire II, What Hi-Fi? – Buying Guide, Aug 1993.

Specifications:-

Royd Sapphire (I)
VersionI
Year of Release1990
Dimensions (WxHxD)203mm x 305mm x 190mm
Recommend Amplifier Power
Sensitivity
Power Handling
Nominal Impedance
Drive Units
Crossover Frequency
Bass Resonance Frequency
Frequency Range
Port(s)Rear
TerminalsSingle
Finishes
Weight
Royd Sapphire (II)
VersionII
Year of Release
Dimensions (WxHxD)203mm x 305mm x 190mm
Recommend Amplifier Power
Sensitivity
Power Handling
Nominal Impedance
Drive Units5" bass unit
Crossover Frequency
Bass Resonance Frequency
Frequency Range
Port(s)
TerminalsBi-wire
Finishes
Weight9.5 Kg

Price guide: The Sapphire I retailed at £200 in 1991 and the Sapphire II at £245 in 1994. Now quite rare on the second hand market, however a nice example of Sapphire II’s fetched £196 on ebay April ’09 and another £160 in June ’09. However a Mk II pair with minor aesthetic blemishes went for £89 in Nov ’09. A Mk I pair in good condition made £117 on ebay in April 2010.

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