What’s wrong with striving for better?
Whenever the subject of stereo lovers and obsession comes up in our staff meeting, we get a good chuckle because it’s so obvious.
“What, our customers are obsessive with their systems?” Of course we are. That’s why we’re here.
It’s certainly why I am here.
Obsession for better and passion for beauty are so closely related as to be family. We sometimes feel a little awkward with our quest for better sound quality and are happiest when we’re amongst friends and family that share our goals.
But why would we feel even the slightest bit shy about what we love? Is it the sideways look we sometimes get from others who do not share in our quest for better sound?
I can most certainly relate to feeling just a bit shy in sharing my passion with those who do not understand.
At least amongst ourselves, we should never question our love and single-mindedness of what we do.
We’re all in.
Long ago, in the prehistoric days of HiFi, there was the first HiFi mail order catalog I knew of called Warehouse Sounds. They sold all kinds of stereo gear across the nation and even had “head cleaning kits” which consisted of a roach clip and pack of rolling papers. (Hey, it was the 70s).
But that fond memory isn’t why I titled today’s post. No, I have something very different in mind. Our warehouse, and it’s 30-foot tall ceilings, have proven a Godsend for measuring polar responses of the new AN3 loudspeaker.
When designing loudspeakers it’s important to have a clear picture of how the drivers perform both on-axis and off-axis (we sit off-axis to each speaker). To measure those responses down to 200Hz, we need either a full anechoic chamber or no boundary walls within a prescribed area. That’s where our warehouse comes into play.
Take a look at the enclosed two photos. Our mechanical engineer, Chet, along with our loudspeaker engineer, Chris, have taken over the warehouse to measure a mockup of the new driver in AN3.
Also, look closely at the second photo. Note the center driver. Yes! You see the new AN3 coaxial ribbon midrange and tweeter, designed by Chris Brunhaver.
Remember in my earlier post where I talked of starting from scratch? Not only did we design all-new woofers, but the center star of the AN3 will be its coaxial ribbon midrange and tweeter.
I’ll write more of these amazing new technologically wonderful drivers but just wanted to keep you in the loop.