ODS123 Posted August 2, 2022 Share Posted August 2, 2022 9 hours ago, John Warren said: Loudspeaker Enclosures MDF, Particle Board, Plywood enclosures are gone (thank goodness!). The top tier suppliers today have transitioned to composite structures including mineral casting, structural laminates and, of course, Aluminum plate. The enclosures materials are where the engineering is most intense and where the distinctions will be made. The small speaker below, made by Kroma (a German supplier) was an example of what a mineral cast enclosure provides. $16k/pr with stands, this little speaker was outstanding. The woofer surround is specifically designed to break-up standing waves that ripple along the cone. This wasn't my favorite at the show, it was the one I was most impressed with. Great reproduction at very high volumes. Upper mids and HF handled by the AMT. Many suppliers are transitioning to the AMT as well. Don't agree. My CW III are made from MDF and sound as hollow as a shoebox when you knock on them. ...As do the latest iteration of LaScalas and Klipschorns. Yet these three speakers sound much better to my ears than many speakers I have heard that have enclosures that are as solid as granite. ..Some composite, some aluminum. IMHO, enclosure integrity needs to meet a certain minimum, but beyond that it become superfluous. My Vandersteen 3A sigs and Paradigm S8 V2's felt like bricks when you knocked on them. ..Yet I don't like them nearly as much as my CW's. ..So there's gotta be more to speaker design than just enclosure rigidity. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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