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We introduce the Gran Gioia MK 2

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No need for big marketing slogans, no need to tell You how many prototypes of the horn we built, no need to tell You what nor why. As usual, no compromises… but we collected good ideas what could come next ;-) Today we will play the Gran Gioia MK 2 for the first time in public. At the Munich High End 2017 Room F224… there is no better moment to introduce new products.

We discontinue Gioia, Gran Gioia and Clara Luna

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After several years we discontinue the Gioia, the Gran Gioia and the Clara Luna. The reasons are different but absolutely understandable. The Clara Luna: one of the components is no more available and there is no possibility to find an alternative without going in the MK 2 version. The Gran Gioia: in the last years we have made huge steps forward in the construction and in the knowledge about how to build horns and phase plugs. The Gioia: very simple, the costs related to the construction of the Gioia are just a little bit lower than the costs related to the Gran Gioia. This would put the Gioia in a very similar price category to the Gran Gioia and would force us to artificially increase the price of the Gran Gioia. We are not keen to these pricing games just to avoid internal competitions. We aim at giving the best value for money to our customers.

We introduce the Fun 13 MK 2

After a long development, and about one year from the last sale of the Fun 13, we are able to introduce the Fun 13 MK 2 the iterations in the development have been several and the main driver of the upgrade was the need for a better mid high range for the Fun 17.
Our goal was to keep the same friendly dimensions and the same friendly design of the predecessor. Not a bigger loudspeaker, but a far better sounding one.
The differences, technically speaking are 2:
- a new silk dome tweeter with 28mm diameter
- a new woofer same dimensions but with P2C membrane
The first production after the pre-series have left the company in the last weeks.

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We discontinue the big Fun 17

This was the first loudspeaker we realized with a real bass horn. With bass compression chamber.
Introduced back in 2009, now it is time to discontinue it.
It is a small loudspeaker with astonishing sound qualities. I know several people, who would not even think about changing it, not even for the bigger ones: they have become addicted to the bass horn!
Should You wish to have more information about it, You can find them here in Blumenhofer History.

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The painted big Fun 17 - a unique piece of art

Schule Lautsprecherbau

Some Students of a school in Augsburg attended to some teaching session about how to build loudspeakers.
They appreciated the experience and it has been good for us as well to get new ideas.
Here some pictures

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Viet Challenge 211 ART

The name sounds like a new tube amplifier but it is not. In fact it is the last mosaic tile for our production. Now we have the whole wood processing in our hands.
The Viet Challenge 211 ART is a professional calibrating machine that allows us to work with higher precision in our constructions.

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New Machine: Furnier Presse

One more step for our equipment. We found a pre-owned (but never used) press to put the veneer on wood. And now we have it in our facility.
It was lot of trouble to get it.
If You are curious about the long day of work we had to transfer and install it, here You can see some pictures.

2016_04_07-Furnierpresse

The last Fun 10 left our premises - we discontinue the Fun 10

Introduced back in Mai 2012. We are now forced to discontinue the Fun 10. Some of the components it relied upon are not more available for us.
It helped us to supply one valid product even in the lower market segments, where the competition is fiercer and does not always rely on real quality of sound and of the product.

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We discontinue the Fun 13 - wait for the MK 2

We cannot procure the yellow driver anymore. We are forced to quit production of the Fun 13…
…but wait, this well built product of October 2011 will live again.

Soon You will enjoy the Fun 13 MK 2

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We introduce the Genuin FS 3 MK 2

It was due time, after introduction of the harmonic construction on the Genuin FS 2 and then in the Genuin FS 1 MK 2, even the Genuin FS 3 needed a major overhaul. And now there it is. Today we introduce the new Genuin FS 3 MK 2.
This loudspeakers bears several news, if compared with the one it substitutes:
- Harmonic construction
- 25cm (10") paper woofer based on own development (instead of 20cm-8")
- easy time alignment system on top of the main cabinet
- floor ported bass reflex duct (instead of front)
- own made lacquered HDF horn

It maintains lots of the properties that made the Genuin FS 3 MK 1 a best-seller:
- High efficiency
- flat impedance curve
- tube friendliness
- switchable impedance linearization for the cross over frequencies

For us a really major improvement, worth the while.
Available starting mid of October 2015. Now, the music is up to You!

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We discontinue the Genuin FS 3

The Genuin FS 3 was the second product borne from Blumenhofer Acoustics, when we started to focus on the HiFi Market, was our first companion to the Genuin FS 1.
For a longer time was our best seller and for it we developed the P2F© bass woofer.
There have been 2 versions in the design of this loudspeaker. The first one, when we introduced it back in 2005 and this last one with a more modern foot and a smaller horn cabinet, an improvement made back in 2010. Electrically and soundwise the 2 design issues of the Genuin FS 3 are identical.


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We discontinue the big Fun 20

Since its introduction the big Fun 20 gave us great satisfactions and very good feeling. And at the same time worried us for its dimensions and its look.
It was (and still is) a great loudspeaker, and sounds really mature with big fundament and musicality, they way we like it.
Since the introduction and the price reduction of the Genuin FS 2, its sales virtually stopped. Now it is time to stop its production as well.

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We discontinue the Genuin FS 4.2

Genuin FS 4.2, a light-weight speaker in line with the Genuin serie, horn for the mid-high and bass reflex woofer.
Well, this is an year of big changes and improvement. The Genuin FS 4.2 belongs now to the past.

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The hand painted big Fun 17 Loudspeaker

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During the show in Veldhoven 2012 we meet René Visker, a painter from the group of the Ritsart Gallery in Maassluis, The Netherlands.
René speciality are realistic painting and we were all quite astonished about the way and the quality of his work. After this meeting we decided to cooperate with them.
Curious about the result, here some more pictures… more will come.

We discontinue the Genuin FS 1

Introduced back in 2004, the Genuin FS 1 is our oldest product. During the years it has been modified 2 times getting a better support for the horn first and then introducing the ARIS feets from Aktyna.
I've lost count, how many we sold of them. But now, even tough it is still a very good product, the drivers are not more available, at leas not at normal prices.
This forces us to discontinue it, after a really long good service and lot of happy customers!


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The Veneer Option Page is online

Finally it will be easier to perform Your choice of the surface of Your unique loudspeaker: we found a way to implement the page for the veneers You could put on a Blumenhofer loudspeaker.
This page is not intended to be exhaustive, it is just a rough idea and will grow with new pictures arriving (courtesy Burger Holzzentrum) in the next future, and, in case of very special veneers or trees with a special story, there will be some more info, like for the Briccole of this picture here.
The idea beyond this is to add examples pages of loudspeakers made with that particular veneer: You will see a "Indian Apple page" with all the loudspeakers we will build with that veneer. This is just a first important step in a customer support direction.
As I said, finally one step further, more to come :-)

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This picture is the Venetian Briccole veneer, a really seldom one shot veneer

Finally setup and running - The new machine

This project took us more than an year of planing and study. We had to build a complete new production house, that at the same time is our store and will have one space for a very special listening room: our reference Blumenhofer Cinema. But for the Cinema will take some more months.

The important milestone is the installation and the first tests of the new machine. It is a 5-Axis CNC controlled processing centre. For some it might be small, for us is a big step. This will speed up our production process and improve the quality of our products, giving us at the same time more freedom in terms of forms and ideas and more flexibility in terms of fast response to the needs of the customers.
The machine is an italian Biesse Rover, a leading product from a leading company in CNC based processing centers: we can really talk about cutting-edge technologies :-)

Now we can focus again 100% on our core business: Loudspeakers with cutting-edge musical qualities.
Curious? We are as well! Here more pictures

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We introduce the Genuin FS 1 MK 2

We started our adventure in the High End business back in 2004 with the Genuin FS 1. After 10 years it is time to upgrade it and go in the next step. We introduce the Genuin FS 1 MK 2. The base concept is the same like in the original product. We still have a 16" woofer with a 2" horn for the mid high range. The difference is in the bass reflex tuning, it is directed to the floor instead of the front. It is a different woofer and the cabinet does have a bigger volume without increasing too much the dimensions. The cabinet concept bases on the harmonic principle successfully introduced with the Genuin FS 2. More information and pictures will be added to the web page soon.


We re-introduce the Mini

After some years of waiting we decided to reintroduce the Mini in our product portfolio.
The Mini is a loudspeaker that was present longer time in the story of Blumenhofer. It was sometimes called Mini, then Satellite Mini and so on. The basis project never changed, a 2 way loudspeaker with a 19mm tweeter and a 10cm woofer in a rear ported bass reflex cabinet.
This time we will have 2 different versions the standard one and the SE, the Special Edition. The Special Edition has been already awarded in France by the Haute Fidélité magazine the Best Buy award. Both of them are studied to have a perfect match even with tube amplifier.

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We discontinue the Genuin FS 5

Genuin FS 5, the first bookshelf in the Genuin serie, horn for the mid-high and bass reflex woofer.
We originally did not expect a success for this loudspeaker, but sold quite well.
We just decided to discontinue it, because the Tempesta 17 bookshelf delivered the same quality at a much reasonable price

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We introduce the Tempesta series

After a longer development time in a cooperation with our new american partner, the Tempesta series has the right to come to the market. It has been a longer effort to get this series of product mature. Aimed at Home cinema, with a stronger attention on music reproduction.
For the time being the whole series consists of:

- 3 main loudspeakers:
Tempesta 20
Tempesta 17
Tempesta 17 Bookshelf
- 3 Centers:
Center 15
Center 17
Center 20
- 3 Subwoofers:
Sub 10"
Sub 15"
Sub 21"

We are still working on the surround components.

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We introduce the Fun 17

After the Fun 13 and the Fun 10, we extended the quarter wave length horn principle to our 17cm Peek woofer and the result is the Fun 17.
It has already been positively tested by Stereoplay in this (now) online available contribution of Holger Bierman.

It will be available for sale starting December 2012. Have Fun!

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We introduce the Gioia

The Gioia is a natural follow up of our Gran Gioia borne on the same basis and sharing the same technologies in a more compact design.
Astonishing for live feeling, impact and musicality, its first public appearance has been at the Veldoven X-Fi show in 2012.
It will be available for sale starting February 2013.

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Introduction of the CDs Product Page

We introduce today a CD product page, where we collect information about the Blumenhofer Acoustics CDs and the CDs mastered with Blumenhofer Acoustics Loudspeakers used as monitor speakers. These CDs are really high quality recordings. There will be the possibility to hear 15s of each song present in the CD (as soon as we get the permission of the CD label). For each CD there will be a link, where it can be purchased. Let's groove :-)

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We introduce the Fun 10

Like the Fun 13, the Fun 10 is a back loaded bass horn Loudspeaker with a standard silk dome for the tweeters.
Based on the same quarter wavelength technology of the Fun 13 it is a continuation of that development.

High quality MDF wood and an astonishing sound quality, available starting today. Have Fun!

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Exercises in Intarsium

Sometimes it is worth experimenting. We made some exercises in Intarsia. Wikipedia has a nice description about what this ancient art of decorating wood is: here to wikipedia article

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We introduce the Genuin FS 2

Who would have thought? After several attempts we have it. It costed 3 different attempts to finally get the Genuin FS 2 ready.

It is a standard horn loudspeaker with floor ported bass reflex system. A 30cm woofer that surprises for speed and extension.
Come and enjoy it. It is worth it.

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Renaming the Fun 17 into big Fun 17

The only change is in the name.

The Fun 17 today became the big Fun 17. No other changes in the project, but the name.
Why this?
We introduced a new speaker, the Fun 13 that has a back loaded bass horn and no horn for the tweeter...
The big Fun 17 has a back loaded bass horn with a compression driver as tweeter, a big difference

We introduce the Fun 13

We were wondering if we would have been able to produce a loudspeakers in a more affordable price range that our big Fun and Genuin Series.
The Fun 13 has borne.

Back loaded bass horn Loudspeaker with a standard silk dome for the tweeters.
High quality MDF wood and an astonishing sound quality at only 2.400€ German suggested retail price

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We introduce the Wiki

Our Wiki has a short name but is big. And sounds.
We do not dare to say “all you ever wanted to know about music” because we are still wondering if we have a chance to go beyond the frontiers of possible.

For the first time a compression driver with a 75 mm Beryllium membrane and a field coil magnet with more than 2,5 Tesla: the most powerful available magnet with the biggest Beryllium membrane. The Beryllium membrane and the compression Chamber for the driver come from us. The rest from Wolf von Langa and his Kilimanjaro driver series
For the bass a 38 cm woofer with field coil magnet as well. Entirely made by Wolf von Langa whithin his Kilimanjaro series.

That’s the technic behind.

In front there is music... what a fantastic reproduction... or was it real?

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We introduce the Gran Gioia

The Gran Gioia in our opinion the greatest expression in a traditional 2-Way front loaded horn speaker. ‘Gran Gioia’ means ‘great Joy’ in Italian, and I can assure you that this fits. Come and listen.
The Gran Gioia is available in 2 versions, the first one with standard magnets and the other with field coil magnet of the Kilimanjaro series. To know a little bit more about field coil loudspeakers, visit the site of Wolf von Langa and his great vintage loudspeakers web page.

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We introduce the Genuin FS 5

Genuin FS 5, the first bookshelf in the Genuin serie, horn for the mid-high and bass reflex woofer.
Another use of the 17cm P2C speaker in an entry level Genuin with a mature sound.

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New binding posts

We are not used to change the specification or the components of our products if we are not forced to do it. In this case we had to: a shortage of binding posts that put us in difficulty. After purchasing each single binding post from all european distributors, partially on our specification, one specialized company made us these binding posts in the picture.

Our new bullets match acoustically the quality of what we used before. Furthermore they have some little advantages: Ralph Werner of Fairaudio.de mentioned the fact that our bullets are mounted to near to each-other making the use of spades quite complicated. Although we suggest the use of the banana plugs, this problem is now solved. The material? Where it matters: gold plated copper.

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From now on longer spykes

After some intensive testing we decide not to include the covers for the dishes of the spykes anymore: they are not contributing in a positive way to the sound of the speakers in comparison to the steel dishes alone. In order to preserve the distance from the floor of the Fun 17 and big Fun 20 we introduce longer spykes. The suggestion came from Volker Bohlmeier of Einstein Audio.

We introduce the Genuin FS 4.2

Genuin FS 4.2, a light-weight speaker in line with the Genuin serie, horn for the mid-high and bass reflex woofer.
Another use of the 17cm P2C speaker in an entry level Genuin with a mature sound.

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New foot for the Genuin FS 3

Since the introduction of the big Fun 20 and big Fun 17, we are not more really satisfied with the overall look of the Genuin FS 3. Then it is time to change a little bit, to make the design more modern and more elegant.
This design change reflects more on the overall look alike of the loudspeaker: we change the foot and we make the horn a little bit smaller. What a big improvement!!
Does it affect the sound? No, not really, everything sounds exactly like before. Enjoy the new look…

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Presentation of the Clara Luna

We introduce to the people our Statement speaker, the Clara Luna.
“Brutale” or “Monster” was the project name due to costs and development that were necessary to realize it.

We made it for you, to give you the opportunity to enjoy what is possible in terms of sound reprocuction

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Do you want to have Fun? We introduce the big Fun 17 and the big Fun 20

Do you want to have Fun? We made it for you.
The Fun 17 and the big Fun 20 have born.

They convince for the natural sound and the perfect matching speed and coherence between the 2 speakers.
They use innovative concepts for the horn and several kinds of new materials in the construction of the components.

An horn speaker for the mid high coupled with a bass horn speaker in a folded construction:

Have Fun!!

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Fun 17 big Fun 20

A.r.i.s.® by Aktyna introduced as option

Instantly after first test we have been convinced about their quality...
...there was no need of a second listening test:

we introduce the A.r.i.s.® feets by Aktyna as option on all our speakers
...in the Genuin FS 1 A.r.i.s.® will be series

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We introduce the Genuin FS 3

Leaving such an important loudspeaker like our Genuin FS 1 alone, is not customer friendly. People would like to have music even in more affordable pricing range. In this last year, we developed the P2F© membrane and a mounted it in a woofer.
This allows us to make a smaller Genuin FS 1. This is the Genuin FS 3… we want to leave some space in between… who knows, between 20 and 38 there are several dimensions possible.

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We introduce the Genuin FS 1

Our philosophy are horns, and we want to establish the presence of our company in the HiFi Market with horns. It is going to be a long path, but this is the way to go.
This is our statement, the Genuin FS 1! Equipped with a 16" TAD driver for the mid bass, and a gorgeous horn in the mid high range.
Enjoy the genuine sound!


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