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Tekton Lore Reference

Tekton Lore Reference

Tekton Lore Reference 

(2015)  $800 (mint, includes factory upgrades)

In absolutely mint cosmetic condition, this pair of Tekton Lore Reference speakers are fully operational and come with factory supplied upgrades.  

The upgrades include solid billet copper Cardas inputs, mil-spec internal wiring, Mundorf caps within the tweeter section and oversized Erse Sledgehammer inductors within the woofer section. 
They come with two different grill options: The full length factory black cloth grills or custom magnetic round black fiberglass screen grills just for the woofers.

Besides the stunning "Clemson Orange" finish, the other upgrades include the custom factory built grills with badges and chrome feet.

The Lore Reference is the medium-sized version of their popular Lore model, with a similar dynamic, punchy sound. Perfect for tube and analog lovers, it has high resolution and brings out the subtle details and nuances in audio.  It should be duly noted that the Lore Reference has won "Product of the Year" not once, but twice. It’s that good.  

During its concept design stage, the Lore Reference goal was neutrality...not hyped sound.  These are a 96dB-efficient floorstanding system that is perfect for many smaller to moderate sized rooms.  Basically, any quality amp will power up the Tekton Lore Reference speakers
NOTE: Tekton offers many gorgeous and often vivid stock colors, but will allow you to go full car paint with a pretty low-cost upgrade.)

Each "Clemson Orange" enclosure has an 8" driver at the top with a single tweeter below and then, not one, but two front-facing ports. Sold new, this pair is competitively priced at $880.  When you add the included upgrades, that comes to about $1250.  The towers measure 36" tall, 10.5" wide, and about 12" deep. They weigh a very manageable 44 lbs each.

Tekton speakers are handmade in Utah, though, and that counts for something no matter what side of the aisle you come from. Real workers using CNC machines, paint booths, and doing hand assembly. There’s a sense of hand craftsmanship here.

Specs:
Perfect impulse time-alignment
8″ transducer (woofer)
Hybrid HF transducer96dB 1W@1m
8 Ohm impedance
37Hz-40kHz frequency response
400 watts power handling
Manufactured in the USA


About Tekton...
Eric Alexander started Tekton Design in Orem, Utah in 2006. Alexander has a storied background, having designed over sixty different loudspeakers and crossovers in a 30 year career. Perhaps his most revolutionary design (U.S. Patent 9247339, 2016) inspired Alexander to make an audacious-sounding claim: the speaker’s ability to “…align the moving mass of speaker cones to the harmonic spectra of the musical instrument being played.” This, in addition to his simple but sophisticated crossovers is, in essence, the impetus behind the Tekton brand.


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Dynaco A-10

Dynaco A-10

Dynaco A-10 

(1971)  $225

Not often seen (but instantly recognizable due to their unique front baffle design), this particular pair of Dynaco *Aperiodic A-10 speakers was obtained from the estate of the original owner.  They had been hanging on an office wall for many years but survived quite well and are still in perfect sonic condition.  We sanded and refinished the authentic walnut cabinets but, since the grill frames were missing, we had to build new frames and install new white linen grill cloth.  The wall brackets are included.  All is well and looking good! 

*(NOTE: Aperiodic pertains to, or relating to, vibrations or oscillations with no apparent period.  The front port of the baffles on Dynaco speakers are stuffed with acoustic material to dampen related "boominess" of the bass)

The rubber surrounds last almost forever and the crossovers are working perfectly fine.  Probably the least known Dynaco model, the A-10 was originally built in lesser quantities than their famous brethren, the A25 & A35 that were sold by the hundreds of thousands for many years.  The Dynaco A-10, like all Dynacos, is an aperiodic speaker that's a compact, high performance two-way speaker system.


The original 6.5" extended excursion mid-bass woofers are matched to specially designed 1" soft dome tweeters with dual section high pass filters at 1500Hz in an aperiodic cabinet design which achieves a uniquely non-resonant bass response. 

We wouldn't ever suggest the A-10 are as good as the A-25/A-35 because they are not.  However, in terms of good clean sound without needing a ton of power then the A-10 is a perfect solution.  Besides, when it comes right down to it, they are still a pair of hard-to-find vintage Dynaco speakers offering good sound with an excellent visual delight.

Specs:
2-way / 2-speaker / bass reflex System /
Mid bass: 6.5" cone (rubber surrounds)
Tweeter: 1" dome
Frequency response: 45 Hz to 20 kHz
Max power: 60 watts
Impedance: 8 ohms
Dimensions: 8"W x 15"H x 8"W
Weight: 12 lbs each


About Dynaco...
Founded by David Hafler and Ed Laurent in Philadelphia (1955), Dynaco was an American HiFi audio system manufacturer popular in the 60's and 70's for its wide range of affordable, yet high quality audio components.  Today, Dynaco is best remembered for two of their many products: 

1) Their highly regarded vacuum tube stereo amplifier, the Stereo 70 (ST 70). Introduced in 1959, the ST 70 was available as a kit (Dynakit) intended for assembly by the purchaser or as a complete factory-wired unit.
2) The magnificent and extremely popular Dynaco A-25 loudspeaker system.

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Dali Spektor 2

Dali Spektor 2

Dali Spektor 2  

(Denmark '18-'22)  $450 (includes original box and manuals)

In essentially new condition, this pair of Danish-built Dali Spektor 2 comes with the original box, documentation and packing materials.  When first released in 2018 the retail price was $750/pair.

The larger inner volume of the Spektor 2 delivers the room-filling bass performance of a floorstander in a compact speaker form. They also perform great in any part of a surround sound setup.  They might be a compact speaker but the larger inner volume than its smaller sibling, the Spektor 1, delivers an extra level of bass performance.

The Model 2 is ideal for mounting on a shelf, wall or stand and combines well with any compact Hi-Fi music system. It also functions as a surround speaker in a home cinema setup for added movie-watching immersion. Like all DALI loudspeakers, the Spektor 2 has been designed in accordance with Dali's fundamental acoustic and electro-acoustic principles, and a strong belief that clarity and an authentic, honest sound reproduction will get you even closer to a live music experience.

Wood fiber cones
The low-loss drivers combine low-mass paper cones with wood fiber for an uneven surface that eliminates resonance and reveals every detail.

Amp friendly

The amplifier-friendly design makes it a perfect fit for almost any stereo amplifier or surround receiver in its price category.

Soft dome tweeter
The ultra lightweight, weaved fabric dome tweeter offers best-in-class resolution with extended frequency response, wide dispersion and low colouration.

Low Signal Loss
The proprietary DALI drivers eliminate the need for crossover frequency correction for close-to-zero signal loss.


Essential specs:

Frequency Range [+/- 3]: 54 - 26,000 Hz
Sensitivity [2.83V/1m]: 84.5 dB
Recommended Amp. Power: 25 - 100 Watt
Nominal Impedance: 6 ohms
Dimensions:  11.50"H x 6.69"W x 9.37"D
Weight: 9.25 lbs each



About Dali...from their website
https://www.dali-speakers.com/en-us/about-dali/dali-history/

DALI, Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries, was created in 1983 to meet the demands of Scandinavia's leading audio retail chain's customers, who were asking for loudspeakers that existing brands couldn't offer. DALI loudspeakers would offer outstanding performance and natural sound at competitive prices. Inspired by a firm belief that we could create a unique sonic identity that focused on musical realism and sound integrity, we set out to redefine the reproduction of sound.
With four decades of experience and a range of acclaimed products known around the world, we can proudly say our commitment to authentic sound has advanced the state of the art and inspires music and cinema lovers alike. 

Today, DALI offers an exciting range of products to suit every taste, from the SPEKTOR series to the high-end EPICON speakers, and DALI EQUI, our range of wireless active speakers and sound hubs. With more than one million satisfied DALI owners in more than 70 countries, we bring music and film to life at home, giving DALI owners a more honest, nuanced, and richly detailed listening experience.Every DALI product is the culmination of decades of experience in loudspeaker design. Featuring technologies like our patented Soft Magnetic Composite (SMC) driver magnet system, wood fibre cone material, and signature hybrid tweeter module, DALI speakers let you experience your favourite music exactly as the artist intended it. But DALI speakers are about more than just innovative technology. They're about a level of detail, style, and finish that can only be achieved by combining the best of industrial design, Danish manufacturing, and individual craftsmanship.


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Monitor Audio Silver RS-8

Monitor Audio Silver RS-8

Monitor Audio Silver RS-8  

(2005)   $850 (bases are for showroom demo only)

In excellent cosmetic condition and fully operational, this pair of Monitor Audio Silver RS8 speakers were obtained from the original owner.

The British firm Monitor Audio is known for building loudspeakers based on exotic metal-alloy drivers, and for some years Monitor’s Silver S models have been quite successful in the marketplace.

At CES 2005 the company announced a new Silver RS-series intended to take “the performance of the award-winning Silver S range to the next level.” The flagship of the new line is the Silver RS8—a two and a half-way, bassreflex, tower-type speaker. I found myself mesmerized by the review samples’ gorgeous “Rosenut” enclosures, and by their driver array: a 1″ gold-dome C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum Magnesium alloy) tweeter, a 6″ C-CAM mid/bass driver, and two 6″ C-CAM woofers. The drivers are mounted in non-metallic cast-polymer frames whose matte silver matches the appearance of the speaker diaphragms. 

First, the RS8s offer unusually extended frequency response, with bass that reaches down into the midto- low 30Hz range and treble that extends beyond audibility. They also have quite good driver integration, with crossover points for the most part seamless. They, along with other affordable new near-full-range speakers such as Revel’s Concerta F12s, dispel the myth that full-range sound has to cost the earth. Second, the RS8s offer spacious imaging (though traces of treble “zing” occasionally peek through) with good image height and width. They also produce deep soundstages that consistently draw favorable comments from guest listeners.

Third, the RS8s are easy to drive, and so work well with moderately powered, moderately priced electronics. They also sound dynamically alive, so you may find yourself playing them at higher volumes than you would (or could) with most competing speakers. The RS8s are downright happy playing ebullient jazz and rock material; they did a fantastic job of capturing the exuberant, punchy sound of “Vertigo” from U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb [Interscope].

Finally, the RS8s possess an updated interpretation of the Monitor Audio “house sound,” which emphasizes bright (but not painfully bright) well-defined treble response, a lively yet smooth-sounding midrange, and hearty, robust bass. It’s this sound, which— more than any other single characteristic—defines the RS8s. If you believe the stereotype that all British speakers sound “polite” or “subdued,” the Silver RS8s will change your mind—they love to boogie.

Specs:
System Format: 3 Way
Frequency Response: 32Hz - 35kHzSensitivity (1W@1M): 90dB
Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
Maximum SPL: 116.8 (pair)
Power Handling (RMS): 200 watts
Recommended Amp: 80 - 200 watts
Bass reflex: Twin HiVe®II port System
Crossover Frequency: LF/MF: 500Hz / MF/HF:2.7kHz
Drive Unit Complement:
~Two 6" RST Bass drivers.
~One 4" RST Mid-range driver.
~One 1"  C-CAM Gold dome tweeter
Dimensions 40"H x 7.5"W x 12"D
Weight: 52 lbs each


Monitor Audio Bronze B2

Monitor Audio Bronze B2

Monitor Audio Bronze B2  

(England, '99-'02)   $300

In excellent cosmetic condition and fully operational this pair of Monitor Audio Bronze 2 have dark walnut textured veneer cabinets.

Each of the enclosures feature a single 6.5" high pressure poly bass/mid driver and a single 1" C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum Magnesium) tweeter.

The mid-bass driver is made of metal matrix polymer, a material that provides the qualities required of all driver cones (great stiffness and low mass) while being compatible with Monitor’s high-pressure injection-molding process.

The bass is tuned using a front-venting port; a second-generation version of Monitor Audio’s HiVe (high-velocity) design, the same used in their Gold range.  It uses unique"rifling grooves" to speed the airflow within the port tube, and is designed for more bass power and enhanced transient response.

Specs:
2-way bass-reflex
Frequency response: 42 - 22000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 6 Ohm
Amp power: 15 - 100 watts
Sensitivity: 90 dB
Dimensions: 13.8"H x 7.25"W x 9.8"D
Weight: 12 lbs each

About Monitor Audio...
Monitor Audio was founded by Mo Iqbal in Teversham, near Cambridge, England, in 1972.  Back in 2022 it marked the brand’s 50th year.  Mr Iqbal is no longer with Monitor—he sold the company to a group of audiophiles in 1997. That group grew the hi-fi loudspeaker company into the global powerhouse brand it is today, which has branched out into the home-theater and custom-install markets as well.

By all accounts, Monitor Audio is a success—and one with a lengthy history, at that. The Monitor Audio headquarters is located in Rayleigh, Essex and the company has continued to expand. 


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Wharfedale Diamond 10.1

Wharfedale Diamond 10.1

Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 

(2010)  $400

In perfect condition, this pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 is completely functional.  The gracefully curved blackwood cabinets are bi-wirable with gold-plated banana jacks and jumpers.  In a radical design idea, there are twin bass ports on the rear of each enclosure.

In 2011, Stereophile did a deep dive into the Diamond 10.1 model so we decided to just repeat the most important parts of their review rather than attempt to plagiarize their words:
"Normally, you'd expect cosmetic compromises in a bookshelf speaker costing only $350/pair. Not with the Diamond 10.1—its curved cabinet is made from laminations of MDF that are bonded using an adhesive that's cured (ie, hardened) using radio-frequency energy. Wharfedale also claims that the 10.1 is constructed with fairly elaborate bracing, to increase its rigidity and thus reduce resonances; a front baffle of composite material, finished in piano black, further controls resonances. The looks of this sexy little beast suggest a price much higher than $350/pair...
...both of the Diamond 9.1's drivers have been replaced for the Diamond 10.1. The new mid/woofer has a 4.9" cone of woven Kevlar, a nylon-filled homopolymer chassis with an oversized flange, and, in the cone surround, diamond-pattern ribs intended to smooth the acoustic rolloff. The 1" soft-dome tweeter has a metal phase corrector and is claimed to offer smooth, clear reproduction of the high frequencies. The two reflex ports on the 10.1's rear panel (in the 9.1, they were on the front) are intended to reduce the effects of distortion. Electrical connection is via two offset pairs of terminals to allow bi-wiring and easy cable dressing...
...Wharfedale USA's Walter Schofield told me that one of the keys to the 10.1's design is the company's vertically integrated manufacturing facility [in China]. Middle vendors are eliminated—each component of the speaker is made from raw materials in-house. The intended result is a cohesive, organic sound quality and performance, and an appearance well above the speaker's price point. The Diamond 10.1 is the first Wharfedale speaker to be voiced by European speaker designer and one-time reviewer Peter Comeau...
...Wharfedale has a winner in the Diamond 10.1. In today's market of stiff competition among affordable loudspeakers, the 10.1 presents extraordinary value for money, with many strengths that suggest a considerably higher price, and no meaningful weaknesses. And while it's been many years since I heard the Diamond 9.1, my memory and review comments indicate that the Diamond 10.1 is a considerable improvement."

Specs: 
Two-way, magnetically shielded, reflex-loaded
Drive-units: 1" soft-dome tweeter, 4.9" Kevlar-cone woofer.
Crossover frequency: 1.8kHz.
Nominal frequency range: 48–24kHz.
HF limit: 44kHz, –10dB.
Nominal impedance: 6 ohms.
Sensitivity: 86dB/W/m.
Recommended power: 20–100W.
Dimensions: 11.5"H x 7.6"W x 10.8" D
Weight: 11.4 lbs each


Diamond Series back story...
Wharfedale started making loudspeakers in 1932, which makes it the second-oldest still-surviving speaker manufacturer in the world (Tannoy is the oldest). Although the "entry-level" Diamond Series speakers debuted some 49 years later the arrival of the Diamond 10.1 showed just how far speaker technology in the design of the Diamond lineup had advanced.  Wharfedale not only designs and builds all of its own woofers and tweeters in-house, it also designs and manufactures nearly every part of its speakers, including the crossover networks' resistors and capacitors. Even the bolts that attach the drivers to the cabinets are made by Wharfedale. Its 1.5 million square foot factory is in Shenzhen, China, but design and engineering come from the U.K., where there is a 50-person research and development team.


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Polk R300 and Polk T15 

('07-'09)  $400/set (stands available at extra cost)

Sometimes referred to as the "poor man's Zu Audio Dirty Weekend" (due to Polk's very unusual design featuring the woofers above the tweeters) this pair of Polk Audio R300 is in excellent cosmetic and operating condition. This is a 4-piece set of beautiful and unique customized pairs of Polk R300 and matching T15 satellites have genuine leather tops with complimentary matching leather panels, especially on the front baffles of the R300.  

The R300 uses proven Polk technologies to create room-filling sound coming from their slim design.  They take up less than one square foot of floor space so you won't need to sacrifice a lot of room to enjoy the big, rich tower-speaker sound.  The Polk T15 speakers feature a 5.25" mid woofer and 3/4" tweeter for brighter highs, a wide-open mid-range and surprising bass response.

The crossovers have been tweaked to accommodate the very different driver array that Polk used in the R300 with their exclusive Dynamic Balance woofer and tweeter.  As a result, they deliver clear, vibrant sound with minimal distortion. Their solidly built cabinets help to eliminate the internal vibrations that can lead to "muddiness" in midrange and mid-bass frequencies.
Expect accurate highs and mids, along with tight bass. Five-way binding posts provide a secure connection to your receiver or amp, and a variety of speaker-wire hookup options.

The Polk T15's took the DNA from Polk's instant-classic Monitor Series loudspeakers and re-imagined it for a small box performance.  With one 0.75” silk dome tweeter, a 5.25” composite driver, and a performance tuned front-firing bass port, you get brighter highs, a wide-open mid-range and surprising bass response considering their small size. The matching leather clad furniture-grade MDF cabinet construction also reduces resonance and distortion rich, detailed audio minus the muffled noise and rattled disruption inherent in low-quality, lesser-than audio equipment.


Specs for R300:

video-shielded
bass-reflex
handles up to 150 watts
frequency response 55-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
8-ohm impedance
sensitivity 89 dB
3/4" Dynamic Balance tweeter with neodymium magnet
6-1/2" Dynamic Balance woofer with butyl rubber surround
5-way binding posts
Dimensions: 7-3/4"W x 33"H x 8-3/8"D


About Polk Audio (vintage years)...
Polk Audio was founded by Matthew Polk, George Klopfer and Sandy Gross in 1972. Matthew, George and Sandy met each other while attending classes at the John's Hopkins University in Baltimore.  After graduating in 1971, the team collaborated on producing a sound system for a local bluegrass convention. Matthew designed the speaker system while George built the cabinets. After it was discovered the producers of the convention could not afford to pay for the system, George designed a logo for Polk Audio and attached it to the speakers. Sandy was behind the marketing of Polk Audio and also helped create Polk's worldwide dealer network.

After spending a short period of time dabbling in professional audio, Polk Audio turned its attention to high end home audio.  With the release of the first successful model in 1974, the Monitor 7, Polk Audio started to become a recognized name in audiophile circles. Polk used a two way configuration on the vast majority of its speakers like the popular Monitor series (5, 7, 10 and Monitor 12) typically with high performance 6.5" mid/bass drivers with rubber surrounds and passive radiators.  Later Polk speaker models used arrays of drivers, called SDA for Stereo Dimensional Array.  Polk Audio is still in business today.


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Piccole Belle by Davidson Audio

Piccole Belle by Davidson Audio

Piccole Belle by Davidson Audio 

(2024)  SOLD

Since the first design was introduced in 2019, the ongoing adventures of presenting the latest creation from Davidson Audio has become one of those things where "You absolutely loved the last design, right?  Well, look at and listen to this one!" 

Cherry Vintage Audio feels privileged to be the exclusive rep for his "one-off" loudspeaker designs.  His previous eight models have all found new homes all over the Carolinas.  With little to no advertising (other than being featured on our website and Facebook), it's obvious that word of mouth continues to be Davidson Audio's best advertising of all. 

His past designs include Les Mers, Froy, Kekemapa, Odin, Bel Suono, Ottobre, Febrero and Augustus.  One thing (besides the high quality design and superior sonics) is that each and every design is uniquely hand-built and consummately fine-tuned by the ears of the designer John Davidson. 


The Piccole Belle Project as defined by John Davidson...


"Introducing the Piccole Belle (Italian for “little beauties”) bookshelf speaker. This design started when a fellow DIY speaker builder enlisted my help on his own DIY speaker build. He had started the project a while back but had not been able to come up with good crossover design. He asked me to design a crossover simulation using factory data for drivers from SB Acoustics’ a 17NRX2C35-8 woofer and a 26ADC-C004 tweeter. I agreed to help him knowing simulations never really produce a good solution, at best just a good starting point. So, I decided to purchase the drivers and set on this project, building a couple of test boxes."

The Boxes:
"The boxes have an internal volume of about .6 cubic feet with a 6-inch front port.  Constructed out of ¾ inch MDF with a middle brace, the boxes are well dampened. This box size and tuning port provides a low-end response below 50hz and is very solid for a 6.5" woofer. The boxes are covered with European Beech veneer and a ¼ inch cap of solid Beech has been added to the front baffle. The cabinets are finished with a coat of cherry color Rubio Monocoat."

The Woofer:
"SB Acoustics drivers represent one of the best values on the market. Their
drivers can be found in many commercial designs. The 17NRX2C35 woofer at 6.5" provides exceptional value with low bass and great midrange clarity. However, it does provide some challenges as well. The woofer produces significant cone breakup starting at 4Khz and continues to rise until the natural roll off.  If not dealt with properly this will cause the midrange to
smear and sound muddy. However, if properly controlled the midrange will be clear and precise."

The Tweeter:
"Due to the cone breakup of the woofer a low crossover point is required for this build as well as an aggressive slope. The aluminum diaphragm 26ADC-C004 tweeter fits this bill perfectly. Also, the tweeter is well known in the DIY community for low distortion and clarity. This is one of the few metal dome tweeters I don’t find to be fatiguing."

The Crossovers:
"Due to the woofer cone breakup the crossovers were a challenge. I always
start with second order crossovers, and I did no different here. I targeted a 2Khz crossover trying to stay one octave below the woofers cone breakup frequency. Due to the required steep slope, eventually I moved to a third order filter on the tweeter which preserved its dynamics without introducing low frequency stress."

The woofers:
"I tried to incorporate a notch filter centered around 5Khz to control
cone breakup, but this robbed the woofer of its dynamics and sent me back to the drawing board. Next, I tried a third order filter with better results, but still there was something not quite right with the midrange. This pushed me to try a fourth order filter. Immediately I knew this was the solution to the cone breakup. This aggressive roll off pushed the cone breakup below
audible levels while preserving the dynamics of the driver, producing a clear, clean midrange that integrates perfectly with the tweeter."

Finally:
"The crossovers are constructed using high quality air core inductors and polypropylene caps.  The tweeter and woofer circuits are constructed on separate boards and electrically isolated from each other. This allows the speakers to be bi-amped on the separate binding post at the back of the speakers."

Specs:
"This speaker needs a minimum of 25 watts and more if you except to play it to its limits.  Of course, anytime a speaker starts to sound stressed you need to back the volume down. In-room frequency response is 50hz to 20Khz. Nominal impedance is 6 ohms. Sensitivity is 87db/2.83V"

Sound:
"Although subjective to one's own ears, this speaker produces a big sound to be so small. It is well balanced with no obvious variation across the audio spectrum. I find the midrange to be very detailed and clear with a stable
sound stage and image. The bass is surprisingly convincing."


NOTE:
Davidson Audio does not concentrate on grill designs for most of the models.  Optional custom-built, round chrome ring grills with fiberglass screens and magnetic mounts are available on request at additional charge
Samples are available at the shop.


About Davidson Audio...
Based in Easley SC, John Davidson has over 25 years experience in custom loudspeaker design and technology.  During the late 60's, at the tender age of 12 and through the teen years, the addiction to HiFi led to a serious study of electronics.  For his senior high school project he built his first amplifier.  Eventually he earned a degree in electronic engineering technologies and began to work in the industrial manufacturing area.  All the while, the HiFi bug continued as a serious hobby.  Today, his designs can be seen and heard exclusively at Cherry Vintage Audio in Greenville, SC

In the mid 90s, with the consent and encouragement from wife and family, he decided to build a high quality media room at home. After setting a substantial budget for the intended gear, he discovered, very quickly, just how little the speaker budget had actually brought to the table. This led to researching the REAL cost in manufacturing high quality speakers which, in turn, led him to the surprisingly abundant world of DIY.  From that point on he never purchased a new set of commercially built speakers.

With his substantial and continuing understanding of electronics and the benefits of his other serious hobby, woodworking, he set out to build his own speakers. By intensive reading and studying (along with trial and error), he gained the understanding and formulas of speaker construction.   Over the next 25 years he built many sets of speakers of his own design along with some from other designers he had come to respect.

As he states "my designs typically start by combing through hundreds of data sheets from driver manufactures to find specific drivers that fit the acoustic and electrical characteristics I want.  Using that reference data, I make base calculations on the crossovers.  However, since drivers are a type of motor and dynamic by nature, the static calculations serve only as a starting point. It is impossible to produce a design with just base static calculations that will be pleasing to the ear.  So next comes the most difficult and time consuming aspect of any new design: hours, days, weeks, and even months of listening, testing and tweaking the crossover to produce the desired final product. Once the crossover is worked out the woodworking starts.  Selecting the best materials, I construct the cabinets. I use proven construction techniques and try to add visual interest using contrasting solid woods and veneers.  Internal bracing adds rigidity and lining the enclosures with acoustic foam eliminates standing waves and distortion. In the end, the enclosure must be functional but also pleasing in cosmetic design.  My philosophy towards loudspeaker design begins with the realization that it's an artful process that's based in science and engineering.  The final tuning of the crossover by ear combined with the design and construction of the enclosure is what elevates a loudspeaker into something you never tire of listening to."

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