About Marshall Choong
Modern loudspeaker design concerns finding the best compromise
of a complex mixture of technologies, limited ultimately by the physics of
acoustics and finally assessed by the often little understood, but amazing,
properties of our hearing.
We strive to justify by measurement, any and all decisions made during the design process. However many areas such as image quality, listener envelopment and other room related issues are still difficult to quantify and relate back to speaker design. After a number of years of experimentation with our own recordings, it became clear that for the audiophile, the Ambisonics system pioneered by Michael Gerzon in the 1970's was by far the most accurate and flexible recording format. From the perspective of loudspeaker designers it was hoped that this would provide us with pristine unprocessed material for listening tests.
Finally in 2019, this aim was achieved and experiments continued with multichannel playback. Presenting this music to interested listeners easily showed a strong listener preference for Ambisonic multichannel playback and also stereo playback from the same source.
After a number of years an examination of the detailed performance of drivers, in terms of complex intermodulation products, has enabled us to correlate the result with listening performance to a surprisingly high degree.
The performance of loudspeakers in typical room environments is also an area of special interest to us. All techniques to improve the difficulties of the reproduction of bass frequencies in rooms have been investigated. The final outcome is in agreement with the perceived wisdom of the audiophile community.
In systems of the highest quality, almost all 'solutions' to room modes fail, are not practicable, or are far too expensive. Loudspeakers are invariably in the wrong room position for the minimum excitation of room modes, and if they have extended bass, this leads to inaccurate and unacceptable bass level response and poor bass dynamics. next>>