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January 17, 2015
Over the course of the last couple of month, Chadd and I have been exploring the wonderful and wacky world of open baffles speakers. As part of this exploration, we tried our hands at several slot loaded open baffle (SLOB) woofer designs. Ultimately, we concluded that to fully optimize a SLOB for use below one of our favorite fullrange drivers, one must either bi-amplify or resolve oneself to using a higher order passive crossover. Neither were in the cards for the installation we have in mind. Thus, consider the following picture a tombstone.
December 31, 2014
December 28, 2014
The Darling amplifier first appeared in the pages of the Sound Practices more than a decade ago. From there its designer, Bod Danielak showed a couple examples of the Darling at the first NY NOISE in 1999. Ultimately, Bob built several examples of the Darling and I was fortunate enough to offer up one of my parallel builds to help jc morrison and Blackie Pagano pay for the subsequent NY Noise in 2000.
The thing that is so intriguing about the Darling, in addition to being a ton of fun to listen to, is that as Dave Slagle put it, the amp "errors by omission rather than commisssion” - that, and, it is largely insensitive to parts selection. Frankly, I know of few, if any of audio component that you can say this about.
So, when I’m trying to transition a music lover to an ultra fi system or, in today’s terms, a headphone user, I often turn to the Darling. It is with this notion that I recently built 4 Darlings heavily influenced by the bauhaus design aesthetic.
Here’s some pictures from these latest builds.