News about Blumenhofer Acoustics
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.
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.
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.
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.
They appreciated the experience and it has been good for us as well to get new ideas.
Here some pictures
The Viet Challenge 211 ART is a professional calibrating machine that allows us to work with higher precision in our constructions.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 :-)
This picture is the Venetian Briccole veneer, a really seldom one shot veneer
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
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.
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
For the time being the whole series consists of:
- 3 main loudspeakers:
Tempesta 17 Bookshelf
- 3 Centers:
- 3 Subwoofers:
We are still working on the surround components.
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!
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.
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!
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.
The Fun 17 today became the big Fun 17. No other changes in the project, but the name.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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…
“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
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:
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.
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!