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Unusual Speaker Designs

pozz

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I was surprised to learn that Earthworks, the same manufacturer which makes measurement microphones, apparently had a line of studio monitors based on the principle of time-aligned drivers.

I found them in the attached catalogue from 2006.

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IIRC they had very good impulse/step (time) response and decent frequency response. Don't think they ever really caught on for all the usual reasons.

My vote for unusual goes to anything with a plasma tweeter, followed by Ohm F and the big MBL speakers, and all the "interesting" horn designs with separate horns all over the place.
 

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I have seen speakers with stepped drivers but that shape is something else. It looks like a molded plastic like step stools for kids!
 

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I see your point -- that Heathkit is similar (and is what I immediately thought of when I saw this thread) -- but, yeah, it'd make a lousy kids' step stool!

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When I was shopping for my first full blown HT system, these speakers were getting some press because they had done well in a magazine's speaker shootout ...

http://norh.com/Norh_Loudspeakers/Marble_4.html

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Too be honest, I was pretty infatuated with these speakers and was seriously considering purchasing them for the HT room. Their shape, however, presented some placement challenges, so I didn't pull trigger. Good thing too. Here's the Soundstage measurements for the Norh 6.9 - an upscale version of the speaker pictured above ...

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Dodged a bullet I think.
 

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Volya Audio...The large pair of the "Boquet" model in the bottom picture costs $134,000US and they weigh 230 pounds each

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Really curious how the Tektons and their tweeter arrays end up measuring..
The claims for them are very positive.
Hard for me to imagine, though :(
So... yeah... I agree. It would indeed be interesting.
Probably not in @amirm's wheelhouse to measure one though, is it? :oops:
 

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The web is bereft of photos of the Precedent MZ Mod 3. A pity- not only was it unusual looking in the extreme, it also anticipated a bunch of trends in speaker design. Separate modules for woofer, midrange, and tweeter, all alignable in space, transmission line midrange, anti-diffraction treatments- all in the mid 1970s.
 
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