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Topic: Open Baffle Speaker Design

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Posted by Stitch on 08-02-2014
In "High End" today we can see nearly every possible Design and obviously it seems that we find for EVERYTHING a fanatical Fangroup.Be it Tonearms made of Wood, or Plastic (of course it has a different, more important sounding name), multi speaker chassis, Horns, Stats and.....something like this:


DaVinci Audio
DaVinci Intonation.jpg

Wolf von Langa


A23 Cinema.jpg

Ahem, and when I listened to them, I simply didn't get it. No soundstage, no dimensionality, no holographic Gestalt, nada, nothing.... simply plain boring (for me). FAAAAAR away from the illusion being a part in the recording session.....
BUT: Expensive !!!!
And when I asked what they are good for, the distributors looked at me like "Oh Man, you are so unexperienced, that is the real high End and when you don't get it, go back to the other Mainstream Products and burn your money there...."
Well, now,  what's the beef with those?

Posted by rowuk on 08-02-2014
It is amazing that not even basic attention is paid to how our ears and physics work. This is more like a concubine, just there when you want a physical orgasm.

With all that real estate, they could have at least time aligned the speakers.............

Posted by Romy the Cat on 08-02-2014
Well, it has been said a lot about the Open Baffle concept at this site. The new concept that you introduce into a discussion is price. Yes, the today’s Open Baffles are pricy and snobbism along with a sense of faux superiority that the Open Baffles are being sold is the unavoidable ingredient of the price forming.

There are very few drivers out there that can play more or less decently in Open Baffle without being high-passed above baffle frequency. Generally they are very pricy driver and generally they are not mass-market drivers. I would tell you something else and I have a LOT of reasons to say it: if a speaker with the driver is being sold by a salespersons then it is not good driver for the given Open Baffle.

Still, I would not discard Open Baffle as a concept, particularly if the person has taste and knows how do not go too low.

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