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Speaker Talk episode 8

In which I again have not much to report (professionally at least), but I do have some questions about Tidal, in relation to some tracks that I get asked to play in demo scenarios that sound, well, patently bad, while others are described as revelatory and the best rendition the requester has ever heard! Is it the system? is it the source? is it the master? Who knows!

Trystan’s got some new material in from a supplier, and we discuss his plan of attack and a possible impending foray into CNC, thanks to mutual friends 3DTek who are soon to be launching in the UK by the sounds of it.

We finish up with Trystan’s experience of a new driver technology he’s had the chance to play with. Balanced Mode Radiators have been in use for some time in Cambridge Audio’s compact speakers, and seem on paper to offer some compelling advantages. They combine the properties of a conventional pistonic driver in the lower frequencies, but start to behave like a flat panel radiator in higher frequencies. I’m keen to hear Trystan’s take on the subjective differences, as this could be the next big thing particularly in context of smaller entry level speakers.

Speaker Talk episode 7

It's been fairly quiet at Lucie HQ, but that presents some opportunity for 'quality assurance testing' and thinking about ways to streamline production costs of the pre-amp as I go forward. Trystan however has been out and about demonstrating his two ways side by side with a pair of Tannoy Arden 15s in a studio control room. We explore the design of the Tannoys and what differences we might expect between the two loudspeakers in the space, and how that played out from Trystan's point of view, ending with some high praise for Gwedd's speaker from the engineer.

Speaker Talk episode 6

Trystan’s attended the Bristol hi-fi show, and I’m keen to find out what the mood was like for the attendees and exhibitors, and what gear/companies stood out. We go into more detail about the merits of Trystan’s prototype full rangers, how he likes the sound, and where future designs could take him.

I talk about a recent demo that was very well received, with favourable comparisons to some big players, which was super nice to hear. I’m trying a different tweeter in the Studio One demo pair, with very minor subjective differences.

Lucie is thinking about future hardware - ie. plate amps. Could I? Should I? What are the advantages? It’s all about what the market wants and I’m considering options for a one-box active solution, but it’s all pie in the sky until the R&D budget is there.

Speaker Talk episode 5

Current affairs - Trystan’s moving house (again!) and I’m scrambling to get my demo room back together for an appointment in 2 days and the gear’s not finished! We continue our theory focus and move in to a discussion of crossovers - what do they do, and what are their component parts? Finally we get to talk about Trystan’s full range project and his impressions of the Tang Band full range drivers he’s chosen, and what else might be tried in future.

Speaker Talk episode 4

Trystan's revamped his website to great effect, and I'm waiting on parts before I can get back to building pre-amps. As we've already touched on technical matters in previous shows, this episode we go back to first principles and look in detail at the properties of loudspeaker drivers, and how their design choices impact their performance and utility in our designs.

Speaker Talk episode 3

I talk through my immediate plans for getting pre-amps back into production, starting with the enclosures. Trystan's demonstrated his speakers for a recording engineer and got some positive feedback! We discuss our marketing approaches as Trystan looks at a mini website update, and this brings us to consider our target audience and what their expectations are. I recap my experiences with my first installs, which were predictably full of surprises.

Speaker Talk episode 2

Trystan's moved house and ready to hit the ground running. I've been working producing my first order of a complete system. We talk materials, from practical and acoustic angles. We both talk through our design principles and what we're looking for in our similar but different approaches. We talk crossover topologies and sealed vs. ported enclosures.