As I’ve heard my mentor say many a time: “Any old rope will do” wait a minute before you stop reading because you love expensive cables or silver or braids … at the RMAF 08’ in Denver on the last day of the event a vendor of fine cables stopped by and pleaded with Frank to give their cables a listen because they were sure he’d be impressed. Never wanting to deny a good cable test we fashioned a double blind right then and there. I would stay in the room and connect, or not, the cables while everyone waited outside the room, once some time had passed I let everyone back in the room and we played the same cut and this we did three times with the same power settings only changing, or not, the cables from the very fancy pair to the old-ropes. On the third and final listen Frank mentioned that I must change the cables – whichever was in the system would have to be swapped … the results:
Test #1 – old ropes (emp 1, emp2, emp3, roomy1)
Test #2 – old ropes (emp4, listner1, listner2, roomy2)
Test #3 – shiny new ones (roomy3, Frank)
Suffice it to say the test showed me that he was right, any old rope will do…the only thing was Frank choose their cables and he graciously told them they could print that. My advice, don’t let your love a marketing campaign dictate what your ears are telling you … if a particular cable sounds better to you, then use it.
One that allows the drivers in a given cabinet design to recreate the music that it is given.
At the moment we use SB Acoustics drivers as they proved they’re value in helping us win the 2008 Loudspeaker Design Challenge (Audio Society of MN) and have further impressed us with the true capacity of a 5” to deliver far more music than we’ve heard of any other driver to date. We won’t rule out other driver manufactures, nor is even developing our own if the design warrants the investment.
Yes, we’ve even seen them placed on bookshelves while maintaining a little breathing room on one side for the rear-facing port. Just try to leave a little room for air movement.
While there are several factors involved with creating a precise and stable image the one that works best is starting with the speakers pointing directly forward and the listener positioned in an equilateral triangle. Then, depending on how far the room boundaries are (3-4’ recommended for 1st reflection off from side walls) toe in ever so slightly until you hear a precise image. Unless otherwise stated we do not design for direct on axis listening and wouldn’t necessarily recommend pointing the speakers directly at the sweat spot.
Nate’s Audio was established on the ethos that we do-the-least-harm while creating true high-fidelity products.
We look at each application as an opportunity to apply logic, reason, and sound engineering with an ear for good sound reproduction to the task at hand and deliver a product that brings as much as possible to the table without need of a small fortune.
What we offer is a solid no nonsense approach to hi-fi.
We sincerely appreciate your attention.
Nathen R. Field
President and CEO