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Decware reintroduce their hr1, which has the midbass and tweeter forward firing bleding with a omni driver on top and passive radiator for tuning the bass. I really think is a really cool design.
Decware reintroduce their hr1, which has the midbass and tweeter forward firing blending with an omni driver on top and passive radiator for tuning the bass. I really think is a really cool design. A design like this takes effort and experiments. At almost 4900 i thought they are a bit expensive considering the cost of the forward drivers which arent super expensive as some other $4000+ speakers.Too bad is that there isn't a lot info on this.
True omnis (and dipoles, etc) don't exist, though speaker designs described as such do.
You got me there.
Richard, this highlights the problem well. The physical really real world definition of an "omni" vs what the market perceives as "omni". What you described above is anything but "omni", except at certain frequencies (can't find any specs), which, if low, describes about 95% of all speakers. That would make my M1 an "omni" also. True omnis (and dipoles, etc) don't exist, though speaker designs described as such do. Any speaker "omni" directional at HF (say >1khz) will mandate placement minimally 3' away from walls to provide sufficient reflected delay time and prevent spatial smearing. Hence their non-popularity. They have to be well out into the room and that proves domestically unacceptable in most households.cheers,AJ
Great speakers, I think the price also reflects the labor involved in building the cabinet and the quality of sound.They had been being sold as Turning Point Audio* HR1, now called The Zen Omni, not a lot of these out there, but those that have them love 'em. As mentioned make sure you can place them a few feet from the walls.*Decware speaker builder and designer of some models
i dont think im Richardo.
Anyway, that particular hr1 is kind a hybrid. Based on decware discription, when comparing to a front firing speaker, omnis usually doesnt have that prominant mid.
Anyway, im not sure if a omni speaker really nneds to pull out a few feets from the back wall like some open baffle, as the omni driver actually fires upwards and will get much less reflection from the front wall.
Im still seeking a speaker that can offer a large soundstage that can fit in a small room.
They may be more popular for lovers of orchestral music made on location, like me, but less so for others cause according to a review I read recently of MBL omni-directional speakers (pictured), center imagery may be perceived as not focused enough or too laid back. Might be a dream come true for opera lovers.
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