About this project
T3TRA by Alienology Audio - Audio Designer Speakers - are 3D printed & digitally made for Bookshelf, Satellite and Desk-Top use. For music lovers and audiophiles who want natural sound from a small, beautifully designed speaker.
EXPERIENCE THE ELEGANCE OF THE SOUND
We present a small but mighty speaker that is dutifully designed to meet your visual aesthetic needs and deliver quality sound. Our T3TRA speaker is perfect for clear and natural sound reproduction from a visually striking enclosure. We have accomplished this by combining a beautiful design and quality materials with physics and audio engineering expertise. The enclosure's frame is 3D-printed in the USA using high precision industrial laser 3D printers. Our testing shows that this material has excellent properties for sound replication applications.
TECHNOLOGY IN FUNCTION OF DESIGN
We used SLS sintering 3D printing to create the main structural frame for this speaker. Made all in one piece, without any seams or joints, eliminating conflicting vibrations and resonances. Because the unibody frame is 3D printed, the material is absolutely uniform in density at all points making it perfect for loudspeaker applications. Our final product will also have this same 3D printed frame. We are intentionally using 3D printing because we want the performance to be identical to that of which we achieved during the development of the speaker. This way we have absolute control over the sound.
Seamlessly tied together by the frame are four precision laser cut sides made of high grade, multi-layer birch plywood to produce a warm and natural feel.
T3TRA's ENCLOSURE IS A WORK OF ART
We chose this shape not only because of its design appeal but because it offers true sonic benefits. Tetrahedron, in geometric terms, is one of the most ideal shapes, the simplest 3D form possible that is fully structurally stable and self-supporting. All the sides are identical equilateral triangles, in this case with rounded edges. Standing waves are diminished by eliminating parallel sides and edge diffraction is reduced by having rounded corners and fewer sides. All corners are treated to absorb vibration. This all means your music will sound more clear and natural.
SIMPLE AND SMART
From the early start we decided that simplicity and a full dedication to sound purity was the core idea for this project. This is why the form of the loudspeaker is tetrahedral, being a shape that adds less distortion to the sound produced than with the traditional box. In the case of sound quality - less is more. Or, to be precise, the less unnecessary parts one has within the sound enclosure, the better the sound will be. After all, the tetrahedron has half the number of corners as the traditional speaker box!
DIGITALLY MADE JUST FOR YOU
The entire enclosure exists only in the digital domain until the high precision lasers do their job. Consistency and repeatability are amazing. Every T3TRA speaker dimension is perfect and therefore completely production repeatable, yet each speaker is unique because it is made from 3D printed and laser cut parts made just for your pair of speakers.
The speaker driver is a highly rated, magnetically shielded, 3" full range unit with a concave membrane that is made of aluminum, which is one of the lightest metals available.
TWO GREAT CHOICES - ACTIVE OR CLASSIC
T3TRA ACTIVE speaker has built-in 20W amplifier with bluetooth. This is perfect if you plan to use your speakers strictly with bluetooth enabled devices. It is available as a single speaker with both channels joined into a mono configuration or as a "STEREO pair" - two speakers where one speaker has a built-in amplifier and the other is passive and linked to the amp using speaker wire.
T3TRA CLASSIC is the same great speaker, just without amplification.
Instead, there are speaker terminals for use with audio amplifier.
They are sold in pairs but you can increase your pledge to add as many speakers as you need for your setup.
HUMAN QUALITY SOUND
The sound is phenomenal for its size and weight. Vocal range is clean and articulate thanks to the full range dynamic speaker unit. While T3TRA ACTIVE is great for daily listening from Bluetooth enabled devices, for larger volume spaces, we recommend using T3TRA CLASSIC speakers with a subwoofer and an external amplifier.
Every T3TRA CLASSIC speaker comes with 6ft of quality oxygen free copper wire (OFC).
WITH T3TRA CLASSIC SPEAKERS YOU CAN USE ANY AMPLIFIER
Using an external amplifier offers many benefits. It additionally improves sound quality and versatility. This way you can use the same speakers with your computer, bookshelf system, Chromecast audio, or as home theatre satellites. For those who are just beginning their journey into audio, we have compiled a list of some inexpensive amps available in the market.
All T3TRA speakers are carefully tested and assembled by hand in Los Angeles, California. We build each speaker with the utmost care, the old fashioned way, making sure every unit is perfect. These are truly made to last.
AT ANY REWARDS LEVEL YOU CAN ADD AS MANY SPEAKERS AS YOU WANT.
JUST INCREASE AMOUNT OF THE PLEDGE TO MATCH THE NUMBER OF UNITS YOU WANT TO RECEIVE.
GET YOUR FAVORITE COLOR
You can choose between these 3 awesome colors:
$5k stretch goal:
YELLOW with dark stained sides will become available if we reach our $5k funding goal.
T3TRA CLASSIC - a pair of non-amplified speakers that work with any audio amplifier or receiver.
T3TRA ACTIVE ONE - single amplified speaker with Bluetooth connectivity.
T3TRA ACTIVE STEREO - a pair of speakers one amplified/bluetooth and one passive.
Q. What is T3TRA ACTIVE ONE?
A. T3TRA ACTIVE ONE is the same size as T3TRA CLASSIC, using built-in amplifier and Bluetooth connectivity only. It uses a single full range speaker unit to play both channels.
Q. What is T3TRA ACTIVE STEREO?
A. T3TRA ACTIVE STEREO configuration consists of one active speaker with a built-in stereo amplifier with Bluetooth connectivity only that plays one channel and a second passive speaker that plays the other channel. Signal for the 2nd speaker is carried using a supplied 6ft OFC 16 AWG speaker cable. Essentially, the 2nd speaker is a T3TRA CLASSIC speaker.
Q. What is T3TRA CLASSIC?
A. T3TRA CLASSIC is a line of passive speakers just like regular speakers for any stereo or home theatre, only much better looking. It is the same as T3TRA ACTIVE, but without an amplifier. Instead it has terminals to connect to any standard audio amplifier.
Q. What type of audio signal connection is available on the speaker?
A. Bluetooth on the T3TRA ACTIVE and standard speaker terminals on the T3TRA CLASSIC.
Q. What is the rated power of the speaker?
A. The speaker is 30W with 8 ohm nominal impedance.
Q. Do I need an amplifier to use the speakers?
A. Only for T3TRA CLASSIC. Check the list of the example amps.
Q. What power should the amplifier have?
A. You will get good results with 20W - 50W amps.
Q. What if I already own an old stereo amplifier?
A. Any audio amplifier or receiver will do just fine.
Q. Can you specify the dimensions of the speakers?
A. Each speaker is about 5.5" (14cm) tall. Each side is about 6" (15cm).
Q. How do I choose my speaker color preference?
A. After our Kickstarter campaign finishes, we'll send backers a survey asking for their speaker color preference.
NOTES: All images above are real photos of current T3TRA prototypes.
Birch plywood used in the loudspeaker sides is a natural material and slight variation in wood grain and color is normal.
Currently offered speakers have natural, light color, sides. If we reach our stretch goal, yellow speaker will become available with dark stained sides.
Risks and challenges
Because of our unique digital manufacturing method, this campaign presents little to no risk. We work with the largest US providers for the services needed to build the components. As long as they are in business, we will be able to ship our product. Depending on the number of orders, there would be the possibility of a slight delay in shipping, especially for T3TRA ACTIVE loudspeaker option, due to the bluetooth amplifier order lead time. In case of any delay, we have sourced multiple vendors offering this specific amp.
We have already successfully made several pairs of production prototypes. They look and sound great. What you see in the video and photos are working speakers which are as possible close to the final product. We are production ready to start making T3TRA speakers immediately. We are launching this Kickstarter campaign to help us further improve and speed up our manufacturing process, procure a large order for materials and as well offer these great speakers to you at an even lower price.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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