The Speaker Gurus speak!

The questions are posted at the bottom of the page. If you think I have missed something insightful, let me know and I will try to post a follow up.

I would like to extend a special thanks to the professionals who took time to write for free for what they normally get paid. This shows how much they really care about our audio life. Thanks!

Siegfried Linkwitz speaker questions - For those who don't know, Mr. Linkwitz defined the modern speaker crossover model. He did a short version of the speaker questions, noting most of them are answered in depth at Linkwitz lab

Vance Dickason answers speaker questions - Mr. Dickason has been working as a professional in the loudspeaker industry since 1974, when he founded Speaker Research Associates (SRA). SRA published the first and second editions of the Loudspeaker Design Cookbook and exhibited its high-end loudspeaker products at CES in 1978. You can see information published in the Robb Report Home Theater interview, check out my books for some more retoric and pics.

Rick Craig answers speaker questions- Rick is a speaker designer in NC and does a lot of high end custom designs and high end arrays for customers. Selah Audio

John Nail answers speaker questions - Long time speaker builder with a lot of projects and work under his belt.

John Kreskovsky answers speaker questions - Long time speaker builder and engineer with a lot of projects and work under his belt. Runs the very deep Music and Design site with many white papers and measurements. Contributor to The FRD Consortium

Geoffrey Dillon answers speaker questions - Proprietor of Dillon Acoustics, long time professional speaker designer.

Ken Kantor answers speaker questions - Ken Kantor has enjoyed a celebrated career as an technologist, entrepreneur and designer for the consumer electronics and broadcast technology industries. Runs his arty site: Aural.org

Richard Modafferi answers speaker questions - Richard Modafferi worked from 1968 to 1974 designing FM tuners for McIntosh Laboratories including the MR-78. He has been an independent inventor-consultant since 1974. His 'Infinite-Slope' loudspeaker inventions are licensed to Joseph Audio of Melville, N.Y.

David Ralph answers speaker questions - Dave, aka dlr, is a long time speaker builder with a lot of projects and work under his belt. Contributor to The FRD Consortium

Jeff Bagby answers speaker questions - Long time speaker builder and engineer with a100s of projects and work under his belt. Contributor to The FRD Consortium

Gordon Waters answers BOTH sets of questions - Long time speaker builder with a lot of projects and work under his belt.

Dave Dal Farra answers speaker questions - Dave, aka DDE, has been a DIY speaker design nut for over 25 years with a lot of projects and work under his belt.

Andy Graddon answers speaker questions - Andy, our resident all nighter and Aussie, specializes in odd shaped speakers and has been a DIY speaker design nut for many years. He runs a site with interesting pictures and a list of DIY speaker pages.

Pjay answers speaker questions- I am not a guru but a couple of people asked if I would answer the questions.

Questions for the Speaker Guru:


1. Without giving the standard "weakest link" answer, how important would you rate speakers as component?
2. How have speakers changed in the past 25 years?
3. Do we have to spend a lot on woofers and tweeters to get good sound?
4. What are the top three design parameters you use? (or the top three things you worry about most)
5. Do you design on measurement or sound?
6. What to you think is that "special something" is that makes some speakers sound so good?
7. What are your speaker audition strong points and weak points, i.e., what problems do you find most difficult to pick up in listening tests?
8. Do you have a theory on crossovers or use whatever seems to work?
9. Do we overstress the bottom octave and area above 20K Hz?
10. What one piece of advice would you give every new speaker builder?
11. When you get cornered at a party by a speaker builder, what is the question they ask most often?
12. Will we ever find the Holy Grail in sound reproduction?
13. So, which is it, tubes or SS?
14. What does the future hold for speaker design?

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