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June 19, 2013

In Pursuit of Extreme Output: Building a High-Powered 6.5 Inch Woofer

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,How-To,Research — Tags: , , — Amie C @ 3:01 pm

Axiom just released its latest driver, a 6.5″-woofer that was borne of an almost ground-up rebuild by engineer Andrew Welker.  Here is his description of what changes the woofer underwent under his direction, and what you can expect to hear going forward.

Andrew Welker:  Ian recently made an announcement on the message boards about a new high-powered woofer for the LFR Omnidirectional Speaker and a new model that is going to be coming out shortly called an M100.  He’s asked me to explain what went into building the new woofer.

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August 1, 2009

Drivers and the Myth of Tweeter Dome Materials

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , , , — Alan @ 12:38 pm

One recent morning, I put on a new CD I’d received from Amazon, an orchestral work—California Suite – plus several piano concertos, by an obscure and overlooked 20th Century American composer, Hubert Headley, and relaxed with my second mug of coffee.

As I listened to a percussion and timpani passage, there was the metallic “ping” of the tiny triangle deep at the rear of the soundstage, and I thought, “Isn’t it amazing I’m hearing a triangle reproduced so lifelike that it reminds me of how the triangle sounded at the rear of the Carnegie Hall stage at a recent concert.” (The recording, quite nicely done, was actually made in Moscow in 2006 for the Naxos American Classics series, with the Russian Philharmonic conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky and Anna Bogolyubova, piano.)

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