As you probably have already seen from the AXPONA show reports, I have been working on new loudspeaker design. I showed a prototype
3-way design based on a 15" open baffle woofer, and a 5.5" midrange + 1" tweeter in separate, sealed box. This is something that I have been playing with on the side for a while, and I'm getting close to bringing it into production.
I have been so busy getting the prototype ready for Axpona that I did not have time to post about it beforehand (and I wasn't 100% sure that I'd have it ready to show). Here is the webpage of the STILETTO 15
with a few renderings, as well as details/specs (it should go without saying that since this is a prototype, details and specifications are subject to some changes):https://www.vinnierossi.com/stiletto-15/
Here is a link to the ongoing Axpona 2019 show coverage of our demo room (with L2 Signature Preamp, Monoblocks, and Triode Wire Labs cabling throughout):https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=163539.01)
Regarding driver selection and integration, crossover design, and the resulting sound from this approach - it is a knock-out
and very close to where I want it to be!
Attendees who have been coming to my exhibit room for years kept telling me that the sound of the Stiletto 15 prototype was far ahead of my demos at previous years of the show. I wouldn't have even considered bringing them if I also didn't feel the same way! 2)
I understand that the aesthetics of this design is "unique," "edgy," "modern," etc. At the show, some found it very striking and loved it, with "I wouldn't change a thing" comments. Others found it "interesting," "a bit weird," "resembling an abstract cello or guitar case look" etc. So it is the opposite of a big, boring box speaker - but for some, it might have gone too far the other way - LOL.
This is why I worked so hard to get the prototype ready for the show - you get a lot
of feedback from attendees and press regarding the sound -and- the appearance. Needless to say, I've been taking notes! 3)
Over the next few weeks, I'll continue working with Evett Design (who worked with me on the L2 enclosure design) on some changes to the appearance - some versions will be subtle changes, and some will be more drastic. As I mentioned to attendees at Axpona, I'm not ready yet to take pre-orders. But hopefully sometime in June, we'll have the production design finished, and will have the color options, pricing, and lead-time all figured out.
I'm also still figuring out the next shows that I'll be exhibiting, but this year I am highly considering showing at both Capital Audio Fest and the NY Audio Show. Now more than ever, I really appreciate the shows that I can drive to (although driving to AXPONA was l-o-n-g!). I hope many of you will have the opportunity to give a listen to this system!
[I'm also very hard at work on the next L2 product, which was briefly mentioned in the recent 6moons review of the L2 Signature Preamplifier. I'll have a lot more to say about in a month or two, and am aiming to go into production of it around September and to have it at the Fall audio shows]
More updates are coming soon,