We're finally ready to take the wraps off the newest member of the SoundScape line-up - the SoundScape 8's.
We needed surround speakers for the SoundScape series and developed the SoundScape M7 monitors. In the process, we built a pair of them with dual 7" drivers. As word leaked out on that project, people wondered if they could use the floor-standing dual 7" versions as main speakers. While that certainly would have been possible, they were designed for surround duty and only played down to an F3 of 45Hz. With the costs involved, we simply thought that people would not want to pay that much for a speaker that only played to 45Hz. So we started looking for an 8" woofer we could use in a SoundScape version that played lower.
The SoundScape 8's feature the same basic components as the SoundScape 10's and 12's - the same RAAL ribbon, the same Accuton mid and the same dual-opposed passive radiators. Like it's big brothers, it features the same open-back midrange concept as well.
In order to keep costs down, we designed a more traditional rectangular one-piece cabinet with 1" walls and a 1 1/2" thick front baffle, well-braced and with Blackhole 5 in both the woofer and midrange/tweeter sections. The cabinet measures 40" tall, 10 1/2 wide and 15" deep - quite small for a speaker that easily plays to an F3 of 25Hz.
While we were working on the design, Quan called to order a pair of Veracity HT3's. Knowing this model was due to be completed about the same time as we would be finishing up a pair of HT3's for him, I thought it only fair to let him know the design was on the horizon (even though I don't like talking about speakers until they are real products). He decided to go with the SoundScape 8's and wanted them finished to match his wife's Lexus - a gorgeous three-part automotive finish.
Here is a picture of his Red Matador Mica SoundScape 8's...
And a close-up (you can get a hint of the red mica metalflake in this photo)...
And a picture of the rear...
For more information on the design, here is a link to our SoundScape 8's web pages...http://www.salksound.com/soundscape%208%20home.htm
Happy listening Quan!