You’ve ordered the latest Hollywood blockbuster, stocked the cupboard with popcorn, and invited the neighbors over for ‘the big demo’: what’s left to do before debuting your new home theater system? In a word, configuration. Setting it up properly can make all the difference between a polite “Isn’t that a lot of speakers?” and “Wow – honey you need to get us one of these for our house!” So what exactly do you need to do?
Okay, I admit it’s the skinniest video ever made! But you try to get these speakers in a frame with Axiom’s Andrew Welker, who designed the Omnidirectional LFR1100s together with Ian Colquhoun. Watch the video (filmed in Axiom’s anechoic chamber) or read the transcript below to find out what challenges are faced when you are designing loudspeakers with drivers on the front and rear panels of the speaker.
Andrew: Omnidrectional speakers are probably one of the more challenging types of designs that a loudspeaker designer can undertake. Part of the reason is that you have to deal with a lot of factors in terms of how the speaker interacts with the room, and how the different parts of the speaker interact with one another.
A recent discussion over brunch with some Axiom friends led to talk of ‘remember this speaker’ and ‘remember that speaker’? One speaker came up that sounded so crazy I just had to Google it: the Magnat Flaming Tweeter.
“I remember that speaker!” Ian exclaimed. “I heard it – at Brent’s store! Didn’t sound too bad actually!”
A quick note to Brent had him reveling in nostalgia, and digging old literature out. “Those are relics from the past. They were available in their transpulse series or you could buy the plasma amplifier and add to your existing speaker. Gave off a very obnoxious smell especially when driven hard but incredible when you needed a light in the wee hours.”