Brauner, Soundelux, Daking Chosen for Von Schweikert Speaker Test

Feb 24, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Loudspeaker designer Albert Von Schweikert tested his Von Schweikert Audio $100,000-plus VR11-XTC home theater speakers recently by reproducing a 3-D soundstage and using equipment from Soundelux, Brauner and Daking.

Pictured, from L to R: Misty River Band members Dana Abel, Chris Kokesh and Laura Quigly; Todd Peterson, marketing and communications, Transamerica Audio Group; Carol Harley, Misty River Band; Brad Lunde, president, Transamerica Audio Group; and Chris Huston, front-of-house engineer

The "experiment" took place daily in front of live audiences in the Chateaux Ballroom of the San Remo Hotel during the recent 2004 CES Show in Las Vegas.

Female vocal group the Misty River Band provided music for the demo, singing and playing fiddle, accordion, upright bass and acoustic guitar between the two 7-foot-tall, 800-pound Von Schweikert loudspeakers.

Todd Peterson from Transamerica Audio Group notes, "The mics we used were the Soundelux ifet7 on accordion, Soundelux E47 on Dana's vocal, Soundelux E49 on Chris’s vocal and violin, Soundelux ELUX 251 on upright bass, Brauner Valvet Voice on Laura's vocal, Valvet Voice on Carol's vocal, and Brauner Phantom C on Carol's Guitar."

All mics were connected to a Geoffrey Daking 16-channel mixing console using custom Zero-Crystal cables made by Acoustic Zen. The board's output was fed to Ed Meitner's EMM Labs' A/D converters and then on to a Sony DSD stereo recording system. Engineer Chris Huston mixed the tracks for a "mirror image sound recording."

The Von Schweikert speakers, used only for playback, contained four rear-mounted 15-inch woofers connected to built-in 2,000-watt amplifiers. Mounted up front were eight 9-inch woofers, two 7-inch midrange drivers and four tweeters.

The XTC Model used for the demo comes with electronic crossovers and five separate stereo amplifiers for the two towers.

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