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#21146 - 10/01/03 05:26 PM Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
sushi Offline
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Registered: 02/09/03
Posts: 1490
Loc: Dallas, TX
Yesterday we were talking about the "warm" sound of wood. Turns out that there are engineers who don't take it as a joke at all!

I just found out that JVC has been developing speaker drivers with a thinly sliced then pressed piece of birch wood!!! The chief engineer had kept a "burning desire" to make a woodcone speaker since 20 years ago, when he made some initial prototype drivers. He eventually made it into an official project 5 years ago, which resulted in a dozen or so patented methods of making a cone/dome out of a thin piece of wood. They hope to release the first bunch of complete speaker systems by the end of 2003; I have no idea if they will market them outside Japan. Now I have a "burning desire" to listen to these speakers!!!

Anyway, here are several photo's...


The 8cm (3") mid-woofer


The 1" dome tweeter


Woodcone material after the "tertiary press" stage


A prototype bookshelf


A prototype floorstander


Hey, the shape of the cabinet looks soooo familiar!!!


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#21147 - 10/01/03 05:34 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
mwc Offline
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Registered: 07/21/02
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Masa, is this one of those games where someone makes up a story and everyone else has to guess if it's true or not?

Will they call it the "Pinocchio"?
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#21148 - 10/01/03 06:05 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
spiffnme Offline
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5214
Loc: Los Angeles
They look nice enough, I wonder what they sound like. I also wonder if they're stealing any Axiom patents!
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#21149 - 10/01/03 06:21 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
sushi Offline
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Registered: 02/09/03
Posts: 1490
Loc: Dallas, TX
Yes, this is for real. But all press releases and news are in Japanese so far. Here is a web translation of JVC's original PR by babelfish.altavista.com, with some additional photos.

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#21150 - 10/01/03 06:50 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
Ken.C Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 17741
Loc: NoVA
Ooh, pretty! :-) I wouldn't mind hearing those. On the other had, JVC...
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#21151 - 10/01/03 07:14 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
sushi Offline
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Registered: 02/09/03
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Loc: Dallas, TX
In reply to:

On the other hand, JVC...



HAHAHA... I know your feeling. Isn't it exactly like when you find out that Honda makes S2000 with its crazy 9000rpm redline? You thought that Honda was the maker of Civic and Accord... It is refreshing to watch a big mature corporate doing such "playful" things.

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#21152 - 10/01/03 07:15 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
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Naw, the Honda's no surprise. They also made a world dominating F1 car about, what, 10 years ago, and they also make the NSX. I'm just not a big fan of their styling.
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#21153 - 10/01/03 07:22 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
sushi Offline
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Registered: 02/09/03
Posts: 1490
Loc: Dallas, TX
True. And let's not forget about their supebikes, too... Just couldn't come up with a better example. Anybody???

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#21154 - 10/01/03 08:22 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
chrono Offline
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Registered: 06/24/03
Posts: 89
Loc: Toronto, ON
nice.. I would love to hear those. now we just need those wood interconnects and speaker wire!

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#21155 - 10/01/03 08:28 PM Re: Wow... JVC's woodcone drivers!!!
pmbuko Offline
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Registered: 04/02/03
Posts: 16258
Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
Alright sushi, I nominate you to go audition them.
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