Detailed Info about the Apogee Stage
Classy high gloss black – my favorite look for these speakers
Wood trim option
Stage on top of the optional subwoofer to combine into a Mini Grand
Interesting home made Stands
Stage with home made stands in the same wood as the trim on the speakers. The floor plate is metal with SoundCare superspikes – very classy
The Stage was the smallest and cheapest Apogee speaker when it appeared in the middle of 1990. The 2 drive units used dual sandwich etched ribbons which yielded a much improved sensitivity. The ribbons are single pieces as with other Apogees, but for the Stage the mylar foil has aluminium conductors on both sides. Impedance was still relatively low at 3 ohms but also in part thanks to more powerful magnets for the woofer driver, the Stage was considerably easier to drive than any previous Apogees.
The drive units on the Stage used Mylar as the backing material, as opposed to Kapton. The original ribbon tweeter was a double laminate of aluminum and Mylar, with 3 segments on the front and back. This was changed to a single sided, 6 element etched Kapton ribbon around 1991, very likely exactly the same ribbon as used for the Centaurus. According to someone who used to work at Apogee, this was redesigned as heat problems over time could cause a front to back short. The failure rate was small, presumably it would only be caused by playing at very high levels for a considerable time.
The Stage became the basis for the Mini Grand system with the addition of a subwoofer unit and an active crossover.
Original Retail $1995
Height 98 cm
Width 67 cm
Impedance 3 ohms
Subs were optional at extra cost
Dual sandwich Aluminium/Mylar (etched)
26″ ribbon – 3 segment Aluminium/Mylar (double-sided) on first model
Later changed to 6 element etched Kapton in around 1991
Max Sound Level
107 dB peak @ 4 meters using a 50 W amplifier in a 5.5 x 7.6 meter room.
Sensitivity @ 3m
40Hz (-3dB) to 20kHz
Suggested amp power
75W (into 8 ohms) 150W (into 4 ohms)
Anthracite with Mahogany side cheeks or White piano lacquer with silver cheeks (additional charge)