Modular loudspeaker platform
We want our loudspeakers to be used in all kinds of setups, in different rooms, playing various music genres. Most loudspeaker producers on the market design a large product line, each component of it is dedicated for each application. We want to go different way, by offering simple blocks to build any specific loudspeaker system.
Our modular SoundBrick platform contains only two types of building blocks – the compact fullrange SB-Mini module and the passive SB-Sub bass module. Each loudspeaker in the system contains one or more stacked SB-Mini modules, and one or more SB-Sub modules, if required. SB-Subs can be co-located with SB-Minis, or can be placed separately for maximum bass performance.
Moreover, each SoundBrick component can be used separately. SB-Mini is a stand-alone compact bookshelf loudspeaker, intended for stereo setups, or for high-end home cinema setups. Its design allows to place it above or below the screen, and in interior niches, what makes it a perfect home cinema center or surround speaker. SB-Sub also could be used as a stand-alone bass speaker in existing setups, providing good alternative to conventional active subwoofers. Thanks to multi-chamber transformer enclosure and resulting higher sensitivity, this bass module doesn't require any additional amplifier, and can be used with existing one. No additional crossover is needed – it's already built in the SB-Sub. You need just to plug the SB-Sub into the existing amplifier, and the SB-Mini or your favorite loudspeaker – into the SB-Sub!
A bit theory: Loudspeaker arrays, or stacks, are widely used in concert setups for increased SPL and directivity pattern control. Arrays are not very popular in home domain because of higher price and more space required for installation. But there are some advantages, pushing us to bring this technology to home setups:
First, by doubling the speaker number, the sensitivity is increased by 3 dB, and power handling is doubled. So, the resulting maximum SPL, and the dynamic range is 9 dB more. It means also, that at the same SPL the driver cone displacement is also 3 dB less, and the distortion is decreased correspondingly.
Second, the wavefront produced by an array is more cylindrical than spherical, depending on array size. It brings to less space attenuation and wider comfort listening area. The floor-deck resonance is also reduced.