Sunday, 1 July 2018

Going Solo - a new approach.

Going Solo

The next speaker we are introducing is the Solo:

Built around on the following driver.

Natural paper cone
Cloth surround
Solid phase plug
Copper shorting ring
Front vented and cooled (allowing 20Khz response)
70hz to 20Khz at +/- 2.5db 
68db @ -3db
Three inches in size

The spectral decay:

That is about as clean as it gets for any type driver and the sonics reveal it - easily stepping past the usual suspects for full or broad range drivers and among the best of any. The vocal range is very clean and natural. The highs are extended to 20,000hz, smooth with no harshness, ringing or break up. 70hz - 20khz with +/- 2.5db.

Here is the 3D model for the first cabinet design with this driver.

The Solo is ideal for smaller listening area environments. The quality paper yields a natural sound and the low mass/small cone provide clarity, smoothness, and speed due to the lack of overhang and break up.

With next to nothing for surface reflections there is no perception of the sound coming from the speaker itself. Imaging is exceptional.

They can be placed close to front wall without issues.

High Q also allows them to be used in open baffle applications.

An array of four of these drivers with a tweeter can reach an efficiency of 94db with a floor footprint of 11cm x 33cm. This will be the next cabinet featured.

This driver is also destined for a horn loaded applications of course ...

Here is what it looks like to the amplifier in the small 

We are now offering the Solo Loudspeaker for sale.

Please email for pricing and lead times.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Horns in small detail and how we put them in our speakers.

After being out and about recently in the wide world of audio many conversations were encountered about horns. Since I like horns and to talk about them, certain terms are used which should be conventional. The first of which what kind of horn has what name and how they compare to each other. Here is a well recognised comparison.

A common term which is missing from this chart is the "Spherical" horn profile.
Some say it is the Kugellwellen, others the Tractrix. It is actually closer to the Exponential lying closer to it than the Le Cleac'h. This, I have seen, is commonly misunderstood.

Here is a horn created with JMLC's expansion for a particular driver optimising for its exit angle and frequency range including the coefficient T expansion.

The roll back has been argued by armchair theorists as superfluous since the crossover point is ususally higher than the mouth cut-off frequency however in practice this has not been my experience. The roll back reduces mouth reflection and I believe is in part responsible for it being one of the most natural and best sounding of horns.

Not only that but it looks nice as well.

Some other things we do a little different are rear wave treatments.

Instead of attempting to eliminate rear wave energy with dampening our goal is to distribute it. This means not only diffracting gross reflections into small ones but also using shape to proportion them harmonically.

Pressurised construction allows the structure to be rigid and resonant resistant.

The cabinet is impregnated with resin as well as reinforced.

Front panel preparation.

Final Inspection and bottom plate assembly.

Here is the horn installed complete with its rollback.

Binding posts.

Completed Speakers.

This is the Mojo.
 Model One and Model Three.

We are now taking orders.
Please email for pricing and lead times.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Speaker Design in 3D

Here is a little bit on loudspeaker design using modern tools.

Many will recognise Autocad drawings from the days of old...

It is an excellent tool.

3D however adds another dimension - literally.

It has quickly become a native part of design as it allows visualisation and detail which 2D simply cannot compete with.

Not only can the objects be viewed from all sides but X-Ray views...

and scaled investigations allow an intimate understanding which is as unique... 

as it is powerful.

A new design for instance can be seen from all sides...

and angles not only to examine its expansion...

but also how it will be mounted, its clearances, 

and its overall appearance.

All before the first prototype is built.

This however does not come free. Learning these tools takes time as does the creation of the objects.

Sometimes it looks a little like architecture...

Here from concept to model.

Here is a preview of a new speaker.

A speaker cabinet is more than box, it part of an acoustic system.

It is as critical and complicated as any other component however this is often overlooked. The hierarchy of 1) design, 2) layout and 3) component quality is just as valid here as it is in electronics - in my humble opinion.

The box or "monkey coffin" has been over used due to its simplicity in design and construction.

Computer aided design and manufacture allow more elegant and effective solutions to the heavily braced and overly damped box. 

There is no substitute for wood and other natural materials and no magic bullets. It takes work to chord the modern with the ancient in pursuit of harmony to find solutions that excel.

We accept commissions for 3D design work - for both 3D modelling and 3D printing. If you have a project that you would like us to help you with please contact us.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Munich High End 2018 - The Summing Up

 It was all about tubes, horns and spinning disks of vinyl and lacquer ....

Our room made a lot of music.

The purple amps really grew on me over the course of the show. What seemed outlandish at first become more and more elegant with time.

The unassuming and high performing D3A. We enjoyed lots of great music through this little tube in the phono section.

The red field coil Mojos

New Elrog 274 rectifiers...

Elrog in a row made quite a show.

Lovely to see.

Music! 78s and LPs were everywhere...

The orange chassis was perfect post modern...

Purple was unusual and a very cool appearance.

More Elrog rectifier glow.

In a row.

Globe 46s - 46 drives 46 - these were a treat from Herr Mayer. Very rare and sounding fantastic.

Oops, the line stage I was lusting after... is glowing in my listening room today. More to follow on that!

Array of Line Stage rectifiers.

Elrog 211

The Field Coil Mojo was very popular.

We shall also be in Hong Kong thus August!

Please come see us with Elrog, Thomas Mayer and Thomas Schick!

My Thanks to Thomas Mayer of VinylSavor / Elrog Tubes for having us at the show, Peter Rienders of PTP Audio for bringing his awesome Lenco inspired turntables and Frank who so generously shares his 78 RPM collection and the history that goes with them.

Until next time... Happy Listening.