What changes a new year can bring in!
You may have noticed that we are creating a newly designed website. Steve is doing a wonderful job. And I help with content and text. A second set of eyes and ideas for my website is very much appreciated.
You may notice that we have a few new sections. Mobile drivers, Professional drivers, HiFi Drivers and Speakers.
We are close to setting up a funding source for some of the stuff. And I'm seriously considering a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign for two shallow woofers specifically designed for mobile audio.
I'm busting my rear end to get a few prototypes out in the wild so I have some feedback. It simply takes money, lot's of money! The gentlemen are already chosen and they are knowledgeable users of high quality mobile sound drivers.
Their feedback will be key to setting the stage for a funding run.
As for other companies finished speakers.
I have done a fair bit of commercial design for a few companies. I'm thinking of putting up a page showing the ones that have publicly acknowledged my input. I'll put in little bits of information about what I was able to provide in the way of either complete design or design assistance.
Now for something a little different:
It's about time to dive into the deep end of the pool and make available some of the stuff sitting in the design files. The kind of speaker designs that I did for others but held back on letting out into the hands of previous clients. There is a full complement of ideas. From bookshelf designs to really massive floor standing monitors. From the fertile mind of a loudspeaker designer to your home I guess. This is not intended to be a production run of anything. I'll do a limited run of speakers each year so that I can keep them under control. Availability will be on a first come first served basis. Each model will have a fully finished first run and when they are done, we will be putting up information. Each model will be offered in two formats, Active and passive. Passive will cost 50% more than active.
It takes a fair bit of time to design and develop a good passive crossover. And to build them with quality components takes a fair bit of money. My personal preference is for doing the work with an active crossover and built in amplification with an active DSP network. I can also set up the speakers so you can provide your own amplifiers and I provide a pre-programmed DSP unit to do the crossover work.
As a teaser I'll introduce what I have in mind.
A point source partially horn loaded bookshelf. Horn loaded mid tweeter with woofer injection at the correct point for both wavelength and time alignment from within the horn. High efficiency design.
Medium sized rear loaded horn WWTWW system. One in prototype stage has been running for a few years and continues to make me itch to let it out in the hand of others. Driver complement is 4 proprietary 5.25 mid-woofers and a medium sized planar mid tweeter. A high efficiency design.
Larger driver complement of the same format. This will allow the system to plumb the depths of music and movie effects with great authority. It would have 4 proprietary 6.5 and a large proprietary planar mid tweeter. High efficiency design
The big momma. I partially released a large format system when I was with Funk Audio. I built it and we exhibited it but the design was not transferred to Funk Audio. I have done some serious refining of the concept. Proprietary drivers with more than twice the X-max and redesigned rear loaded horn for effective in room response all the way down to 14hertz. I did it before. And time to do it again. High efficiency design.
Mark's Ramblings, show and tell. And other sundries.