My open baffle speakers are finally here


#1

What can I say, they really speak for themselves.

This is world class - nuff said.

My Sonus Faber Extremas are just blown out of the window.

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#2

Neat!


#3
Neat!

Or vulgar. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;)

My hifi buddies have top notch DCS/Wilson and Emmlabs/MBL 200k Euro setups.
If I want to replace my setup with theirs? A snowball chance in hell, I won't!
This is with no competition the best sound I have ever experienced - anywhere.
The power is immense and the sonic reproduction is weightless, uncompressed and effortless at any SPL's.
I finally understand what the open baffle vs closed speaker fuzz is all about. I'm just completely 'baffled' ;)




#4

Can you tell a bit more? What’s the name of this set of amazing speakers? Is that a ribbon driver in the center? What’s the height of the speaker?


#5
frode said: I'm just completely 'baffled'

:)

As an early adopter of the Dahlquist DQ-1 I fully understand the appeal. I understand that the design challenge is the crossover as frequency response is this much more challenging.

I have yet to hear a fully baffle-less speaker system. I would enjoy this opportunity.

#6

@frode



How are they on bass. I heard them once and they make good bass generally but on heavy bass recordings they got a bit boomy.

Great for “electronic” music and really hungry for power.


#7
Can you tell a bit more? What's the name of this set of amazing speakers? Is that a ribbon driver in the center? What's the height of the speaker?

@vsopking;
The name is SoulSonic Impact LE (aluminum techno version):
http://www.soulsonicspeakers.com/products.html
It is custom made and the first of its kind (there has just been made one pair of this design and I am the proud owner). The owner of SoulSonic drove from Slovenia to Norway (2 days driving) to set them up in my room. He left yesterday. I worked closely with the designer during the whole design process.

It is a ribbon driver in the centre. The height of this model is 170cm (6ft).

@Gordon;
Are you sure that you don't confuse them with another brand?
I don't think that you find a similar speaker anywhere, though.
The bass is absolutely mindblowing with 2ea. 12" woofers.
In my room it started to roll off at 35Hz.
With a sinewave I had full output down to 25Hz when accompanied with the Rythmik subs.

Excerpt from a review (basic model):
'All the important aspects of Wave were there, but much more happened with new Impact. Upper resolution on highs opened up drastically. I told Miro it now reminds me of top two systems from this years Munich high-end audio show; namely Sonus Faber Aida with Dan D'Agostino Momentum power amplifiers and MBL Audio reference system with MBL 101 X-treme. He Grinned of course :)'





#8
frode said: Are you sure that you don't confuse them with another brand?

I think you are correct.
I did not look at the pics long enough.
The one's he had were very similar but shorter. He is on a sailboat now circumnavigating the world so if he calls in I will ask him.

#9
frode said: Are you sure that you don't confuse them with another brand?

I think you are correct.
I did not look at the pics long enough.
The one's he had were very similar but shorter. He is on a sailboat now circumnavigating the world so if he calls in I will ask him.

Thanks.
I would be very interested, because I have never seen anything like this.
When I first saw them my immediate reaction was 'WOW - holy crap!'
The design is merely something that came for free, because the visual aspects have perfectly reasonable explanations from the music reproduction perspective.




#10

Looking forward to your review/pics when they are installed.


#11
Looking forward to your review/pics when they are installed.

The pictures in the first tread is of my setup.
They were installed at my place yesterday.
I will provide a more comprehensive review later when they are broken in.



#12

I understand plexiglass needs a great deal of run-in time.


#13

That’s why I use fiberboard. :^o

Well it’s cheap, anyway.

Looks nice, Frode. I’ll bet they sound even better!

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#14
I understand plexiglass needs a great deal of run-in time.

It rises the sensitivity on midrange and treble with 6dB - that's all it does, really.
It was really cool to watch the setup. I learned a lot.
We even made some spare ribbon foils (ref. picture).



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#15

Very interesting it has this specific impact.



Extra ribbons are a great idea. I have seen ribbons replaced on ribbon microphones. Tensioning the ribbon properly is critical.


#16
Very interesting it has this specific impact.

Extra ribbons are a great idea. I have seen ribbons replaced on ribbon microphones. Tensioning the ribbon properly is critical.

SoulSonic has a special machine (2 processes in fact) in order to make the ribbon foil.
The stiffness becomes way higher than standard aluminum foil.


#17

This sounds just like a ribbon mic. It is an amazing technology, even though quite old at this point.


#18
This sounds just like a ribbon mic. It is an amazing technology, even though quite old at this point.

Yes, the principle is magnetic induction.
There are permanent magnets placed every 5cm on each side of the ribbon foil.
Those magnets are pushing and pulling on the foil to create sound.



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#19

Thank you for your info. I just finished a short holiday in Slovenia - did not see any high end store but it is an inspiring country with very kind people. I have a ribbon system Apogee Caliper set. It is already old but still functions too good to dismiss. I am thinking about an overhaul just to get the best out of it-again. The Calipers are about 1,20 m high, and radiating sound from the front and back almost 360 degrees around the speakers. Placement is critical to get the best imaging. I see you placed the speakers very near the back wall. That’s at least good for the WAF factor too!


#20
What can I say, they really speak for themselves.
This is world class - nuff said.
My Sonus Faber Extremas are just blown out of the window.


=D> I like it...!