April 7, 2014
Which bass module would you prefer?
The speaker on top has a familiar form factor, with a dome tweeter and 6.5" midrange driver, but with a twist. It features 93 dB sensitivity, high enough to be driven by most valve amps. The bass module will feature a ported DSP powered 10" woofer, except version B which fits a larger 12" driver.
A - a simple box where the front is angled to match the front baffle of the speaker on top
B - side walls angle out to fit a 12" woofer
C - both front and back angled out
D - a simple rectangular box
April 6, 2014
PSE-144 almost maintains its horizontal pattern control down to 250 Hz, with modest midrange narrowing. At very high frequencies the pattern narrows. Around 5 - 7k one can see that there is a difference in the axial and off axis response from around 15 - 40 degrees. This is very useful data to consider in making choices about what to correct in the crossover and how this speaker should be set up in a room.
The horizontal design beamwidth is 80 degrees.
The directivity waterfall plot shows the same data in a different way. The data is shown with the minimum smoothing the software allows (1/12 octave) and here we can see the effectiveness of the dispersion control employed in this horn. The crossover point is not evident in any way.
PSE-144 is nearing the launch of the first run, which is now closed. Orders will ship in around four weeks. New orders will begin around May.
Here you can see one of the prototypes being tested:
The prototype is being tested here at a height of 3m into the air. At this height, it does prove a challenge to get the mic high enough. These measurements are used for the crossover and the additional height provides greater resolution due to a longer measurement window.
In these photos you can see one of a number of prototypes made in the process of perfecting the manufacturing process. It's not obvious in these photos, but there are some imperfections that are being corrected, as a very high standard of finish is expected here. These are being made by a very well established Australian fibreglass manufacturer.
PSE-144 has midrange extension to 200 Hz and horizontal pattern control that approaches the Schroeder frequency in domestic listening rooms.Although it's difficult to evaluate a speaker with no bass extension, when listening to a live acoustic recording at the end of a weekend of testing there was an impression of live dynamic realism - a very clear, articulate and uncoloured sound.
- There will soon be opportunities to hear this speaker in Melbourne
- New orders due to begin around May
- Contact Red Spade Audio regarding pricing, lead time or other questions
April 5, 2014
If more smoothing is used, or a shorter time window with the measured (caused by gating where the speaker is not elevated high outdoors), then this issue becomes spread out over a broader range.
Overall we see good directivity performance with a gradual narrowing trend towards 3k above which the directivity is fairly constant before narrowing at the top end.
Although PSE-144 is light due to fibreglass, it did prove a challenge to test on my turntable given the height of the platform and the depth of the horn. The mouth is placed at the pivot point of the turntable.
PSE-144 is nearing release of the kit version. Shown here is one of a number of fibreglass prototypes being tested.