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Update #3

TRANSPARENT SPEAKER UPDATE #003 - Audio

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Dear Followers and Backers!

We're thrilled about all your support and input so far! Many of you want to know more about the audio quality, and in this update we’ll try to answer the most common questions.

Everyone that has heard it so far, has loved it...

Wired magazine: "...enough to fill Wired’s spacious lunchroom with surprisingly robust sound even at low levels..."

Engadget: "...we'd bet most folks will find the audio pleasing if the final products sounds at least as good as what we heard. And in case you're wondering, the glass didn't seem to rattle or cause and hindrance to our jams at louder volumes in the hallways of our NYC office."

Venture Beat: “But it also sounds fantastic, a reality that became clear when Brickstad used it to blast a particularly bass-heavy version of R. Kelly’s “Ignition.”
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/18/transparent-speaker-kickstarter/#FPS4ju1xof8sY8KD.99

Cool Hunting: “After listening to the boombox actually play music though, we were equally impressed with the performance of the 6.5" sub and two 3" full range drivers.”

...and we would like YOU to hear it too. We currently have a very nice sounding prototype in San Francisco. So if you have the chance to swing by we would love to play it to you in person. Just get in touch and we’ll sort it out.

AUDIO CHARACTERISTICS & "AUDIOPHILE DISCLAIMER"

The Transparent Speaker have a rich bass, a clear mid-range and accurate highs. We are proud of our very “defined” sound, because most our competitors tune their speaker with too much bass and treble which is good for point of purchase, but missing out on mid range, accuracy and long term listening pleasure.

The Transparent Speaker has a grand ambition to be “Transparent”. That term means giving a very accurate reproduction of a recording. Usually only the highest-end speakers would deserved to be called “transparent”, and we want to be very clear we are not claiming to do that with this product. We are not a product for audiophiles, but most normal people will love the sound of it. This is also our target audience: “most normal people”.

AUDIO FAQ'S

Here are the most common questions. Feel free to comment and we’ll expand more on the topic!

Q: Glass as material. Does it vibrate? Any resonance?
A: We're using 6 mm tempered glass. It is very sturdy and solid. Compared to plexiglass it doesn't vibrate much, but there is of course some vibrations from the audio if you put your fingers on it. Nothing hearable though, no rattling noises whatsoever. We were initially worried there would be standing waves in the cabinet affecting our curves. All our listening and measuring have however so far not indicated any problems (we have had it playing in our studio and in a fashion store this whole year). The prototype enclosure is now almost completely airtight, and the final version you guys will get will be completely sealed.

Q: No dampening material?
A: We have so far not noticed any bad measurements or erratic response due to the lack of dampening material. We believe damping material is important for many speakers, but in our case we are happy not slowing down the air too much with dampening material. We are very pleased with the direct and highly defined mid range response by our drivers, and we believe this can be much thanks to the lack of dampening material.

Q: All the elements in same acoustical space?
A: We have early on made two simple cups in our 3D-printer, and tried if we would get any benefits from giving our full range drivers separate enclosures. So far we haven't noticed any need for these, we think the frequencies that would cause disturbance just don't overlap in a way that affects our performance. If we however notice otherwise during final tuning it's a piece of cake to implement.

Q: Where are your curves? What is the THD?
A: We have done some measurements, and got curves that looks good. We reach down to 35 Hz and up to 20 kHz, and have a pretty flat response. The reason we still haven't shared any curves publicly is that we want to do the measurements properly at our factory with the final production version.

Please continue asking us questions, we want to answer them all!

Best regards,
Per Brickstad
Industrial Designer
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