May 31, 2013

Introducing Cine12 - a HT speaker with extreme dynamics and constant directivity

Cine12 is currently in development for an LSK kit.



This is a speaker designed with home cinema in mind. As such, it doesn't need much extension, making a small box with high sensitivity possible. Max SPL is around 120 dB, 95 dB sensitivity, 60 Hz anechoic extension.

14 comments:

  1. So many choices coming our way Paul! Can't wait to be able to audition your range!
    Great work!!

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  2. It's a bit crazy but I can't help it! I've even got an AMT tweeter like in your Emotiva, although I haven't really figured out a use for it yet in terms of a speaker and where it will fit into the range. The home theatre range is at the top of the list along with the new sub range, because those are some things the market really needs. The options are thin on the ground. If you want a conventional floorstander with a dome and midwoofer, thousands to choose between. But a dedicated home cinema speaker like these - who does that? It's the right time for this kind of product to hit Australia.

    I think of stereo speakers as being a huge multi-cultural smorgasbord, where home theatre speakers SHOULD be a much smaller range of speakers with specific characteristics, like high sensitivity, constant directivity, high levels of clean uncompressed output. The constant directivity aspect is especially needed to work well over a seating area, rather than just one sweet spot, and this is what narrows the range of suitable options, excluding virtually all speaker marketed for home cinema. This is why I borrow elements from pro audio, where the performance goals are similar. However, in a home system the need for extreme SPL is less but a different design is needed to avoid listening fatigue. So HT calls for a pro styled speaker, using pro drivers and a constant directivity design, but with the right choices for home audio.

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  3. Well for my setup it will be a dedicated HT room where 90% of the time we will be watching movies/TV/Foxtel.. so dedicated cinema speakers should suit me just fine!!

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  4. It's in the design phase so the drivers aren't settled on just yet but I have in mind some Dayton units amongst others. I will soon be building the first box and testing soon.

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  5. Which waveguide Paul, Seos12?

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  6. I have a pair for testing along with a Dayton waveguide which is based on the JBL progressive transition. In terms of dispersion, it has measured very well and performed well subjectively. It could be either or both.

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  7. Pretty interesting, such a speaker would probably rock for 2-channel music as well. What's the price point?

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  8. Hi Matt,

    It would be equally suitable for 2 channel. This is going to be an LSK kit but at the moment I'm still working on the CAD (almost ready for CNC). I'm testing the design with value-oriented drivers but I don't yet know if those will past the test. The aim here is to make it as value oriented as possible to keep the price attractive. Staying tight lipped for now on the price.

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  9. Looking forward to how this turns out. Any chance it can be mounted in/on wall?

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  10. You could mount it on a bracket but this is a rear ported design with a slot port, so some clearance is needed although less than many ported designs. I'm working on another design based around a 10" driver - this is a dedicated surround speaker that will include a downward tilt.

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  11. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for your response. Unfortunately in/on wall is the only option for me. Matching in-wall LCRs may be ideal. The center needs to be in-wall behind an AT screen. LR can be on-wall if toeing them in is important. This setup will be used to watch movies almost exclusively. The room is 14x20x9 (LxWxH). The wall is 7" deep.

    Can you think of design/brand that will work well?

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  12. In that case, there is a design that I'm working on that will work well. Cine6 with shallow depth - dual 6" midwoofers and a compression driver. This will appear first as an LSK kit.

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