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Old 15th January 2019, 01:17 AM   #21
WaVeInFoRm is offline WaVeInFoRm
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nano speakers? high enough for fleas
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Old 15th January 2019, 01:22 AM   #22
WaVeInFoRm is offline WaVeInFoRm
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Here is an example of the above.

)Designed with the identical drivers as its floorstanding sibling, the AS-61 Stand Mount delivers reference-standard Adante sound with just a fraction less bass extension and output. The ideal solution for a two-channel music system or the basis for a surround-sound installation, don’t call it a bookshelf: this is a no-compromise monitor designed for serious listeners. Dedicated stands are available and recommended.(

That 'just a Fraction less bass' is 1/3 of the volume of bass.


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Old 15th January 2019, 01:26 AM   #23
WaVeInFoRm is offline WaVeInFoRm
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That be a 6th order bandpass with a passive radiator instead of a port. a whole load of nonsence for something that is inferior to what a 8inch direct firing driver is.

the reason is. or one of them.. a 6inch woofer with a port moving a 8inch woofer is daft.
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Old 15th January 2019, 01:35 AM   #24
Hearinspace is offline Hearinspace  Canada
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At a local audio get together a few years ago, a pro - builder came with a number of pairs of prototype speakers he'd done.

In the course of watching various attendee's stuff get placed in the "now playing" position and then switched out, a couple of pairs of his speakers in the lineup were notably excellent.

As soon as the music stopped it wasn't 10 seconds before somebody was up to the front and shaking hands and claiming them.

If your stuff has merit with others, audio get-togethers are a cheap way to market it and if not, a chance to figure out what others like compared to what you do.

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Old 15th January 2019, 01:42 AM   #25
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yer.. smiling like a Mug
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Old 15th January 2019, 03:50 AM   #26
Neil Davis is offline Neil Davis  United States
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You might find it useful to talk with Dennis Murphy, who is Philharmonic Audio. Dennis lives in Bethesda and has been involved with custom speakers for quite a few years.

I agree with the suggestions that you need to find a niche product to have any chance of success. The only product that I would try is the one in the picture, described in this link. It's a fully wireless line array with electronic curvature and shading that you can adjust via a cell phone app. It's certainly unique.

The prototypes work well and can be heard at our cabin in Western Maryland. They are impressive. The boards would need to redesigned for a commercial offering, and there is still a lot of software that needs refactoring and polishing. And obviously, there are a lot of manufacturing issues that would need to get addressed. But I think there is a lot of potential...
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Old 15th January 2019, 04:44 AM   #27
oohms is offline oohms  Australia
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Build stuff for yourself, but to a high standard. Then sell it when you get tired of it and want a new project - that's what I would do if i had the workshop for it

If you don't already build speakers for yourself, it's a huge undertaking. There would be many much easier and more satisfying businesses you could start
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Old 15th January 2019, 05:45 AM   #28
tapestryofsound is offline tapestryofsound  Scotland
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A 1000%+ on this.

You have to be good with your hands and have a natural disposition for making things. A working prototype will take at least three times longer than you thought it would, and by the time it's finished (if it is any good) it will be obsolete within your creative process. The next version (if you are lucky) will only take twice as long. As for design, there is plenty out there in the public domain to study and embrace. It could takes years of experimentation before coming up with a commercially viable niche product. Or evolve into a rewarding hobby without too many casualties. The fun is in the trying. The success will be in spite of whatever aspirations you may or may not have about yourself. ToS
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Old 15th January 2019, 03:37 PM   #29
KBK is offline KBK  Canada
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Originally Posted by adason View Post
nano stuff works, trust me, I make it
Same here.....

Although this particular work's application in audio is almost non existent.

speakers need to be about six to one in costs vs retail, if one is going to survive. Calculating that realistically is where you live or die, or is at least one of the live/die landmines to navigate.

This is why Chinese stuff flourished so well in the western market. Raw costs went down but the quality suffered. This is why all major brands in audio and video ended up sourcing from Asia. Costs. Costs period. China, as a government mechanism, was deeply involved in steering every facet of their emerging financial and technological manufacturing system, in order to leverage this as much as possible. Far far beyond anything that might be tried in the west. Equivalent to a wholly inclusive war effort, at the minimum. The country was primed for it, so it was actually possible to do.

Perception is key, for buyers, they only see the outside of things and the price.

People got their perception of price and value but they basically received degraded quality in return. Lots of ways to look at this overly complex story.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." - Carl Sagan. Sometimes the claims aren't extraordinary. Sometimes the weakness of men's minds are the culprit. Mass mentality has nothing to do with obviousness or truths.

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Old 15th January 2019, 05:33 PM   #30
Windforce85 is offline Windforce85  Poland
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If your future product is really 1) technically innovative, novel, unique, sonic breakthrough 2) cost effective, fast, easy to produce, mass-scale economical 3) perspectivic, already recognized on local level or among professionals using it for acoustic work, go with it.

Choose two of the three above.

If not, forget it.

This is local niche full of difficult customers, hard slice of bread, not green grocery or bike shop.
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