There's a couple of things that never seem to coalesce in the life of an independant audio designer. I have time to spend designing and engineering, or I am swamped and have money but no time.
Being an independant means I answer to my clients. Not a corporate agenda on squeezing blood from tired old stones.
Being independent means that I can both design to spec and design to the very hairy edge of what is possible to reproduce. And happily I have a build house that is more than willing to take on a challenge.
Being independent also means that I have to fund my R&D. That is what holds back some of the best stuff that I have done design work on.
I'm at a stage right now where I have lot's of time and the other part is in short supply.
Sitting on four driver designs that are both wanted by the public and pushing the envelope of what is currently available.
I have a shallow 8 and a shallow 6.5 that are very high performance but I do not have the funds to push through the development. There is a small form factor tweeter that is almost ready for production and a subwoofer that is ready for production.
There are a few perennial designs that can be produced that would provide such funding.
So either jump in on the cutting edge or fund a proven design up to the individual.
A shallow 15 inch ultra long throw is an idea that I have been kicking around for quite a while.
I also have options to produce parts sourced abroad and assembled here if that is of importance. I take pride in being able to offer some of my stuff to people in a made in Canada or made in the USA label on them.
The truth is I work with the largest loudspeaker forging company on earth, and I know who they make parts for. It's easier to say who they don't make parts for actually. Almost no one does their own heavy forging independently any longer.
How much are we talking about? Well in small runs $13 to $15K for tweeters in a 250pc run. Woofers can be done close to the same amount for a 100 pc run. Those are numbers for the product to be landed here in North America. Not FOB China.
So looking for an investor. Not massive amounts of money just someone that wants a decent return over about 12 months design build cycle. If a person is serious about giving this a shot drop me an email and we can talk.
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