The ART of Innovation
Bass, Bandwidth, Dynamics, and Soundstage, are Paramount!
Viking Acoustics' Innovations:
"Before I started Viking Acoustics in 2007; I committed to have at least three acoustic innovations: otherwise, I was not interested in making another staid, status-quo, loudspeaker."
David Counsell, Founder Viking Acoustics
Viking Acoustics Innovations:
Unique (non-compression) Hybrid Horn Loading: Horn is both bass-reflex port and wave-guide for the tweeter or wide-band driver at the same time for unmatched coherence and live realistic sound-stage. The horns logarithmic shape increase bass efficiency and slam by as much as 5 db!
Internal resonator/damper: Improves efficiency, bass-slam, improves tone and texture beyond limits of drivers, kills internal standing-waves and errant resonances within the cabinet while preserving acoustic energy
Floating semi active tone-wood baffle: provides damping while preserving acoustic energy
Resonator by-pass port: modulates the internal resonator
Semi Active Self Damping Cabinet: novel concept used only in Berlin 1887; entire cabinet is semi-active and self-damping
"Jet" Loaded Drivers: special driver loading where smaller opening is used for typically bass drivers to reduce off-axis distortion with minimal cross-over components.
Acoustic Lens: Ported driver loading. The driver and the bass-port are one and the same. This reduces the footprint on the baffle while greatly improving imaging.
Don't waste your watts on inefficient loudspeakers. Acoustic-suspension designs, back-loaded bass-horns, sealed midrange drivers, overly large voice coils and complicated crossover networks all diminish efficiency, detail, imaging, coherence, and soundstage.
Bass: we believe Bass is the most difficult to reproduce and get "Right." While getting mid-band and high-frequency right can be tricky too...bass is often the foundation of the music and requires the most acoustical know-how to implement. A double bass should sound right in weight and tone yet bass in the biggest symphonic music must be totally tectonic and without distortion: this is why we made the GOTTENBURG which is a culmination of all our innovations and built on the idea that pursuing the ultimate is not an extravagance!
Viking’s loudspeakers give you more reasons than ever to invest in a high-end vacuum tube system!
Logarithmic Horns turned in precious heirloom woods
Viking's unique horn ports all the drivers through the mouth of the horn; even the dual woofers!
The mighty Berlin Mini
Beauty and the Beast
Original drawing of dc10 time-aligned 'horn-vent" speaker from 1970's Note: tweeter at the mouth of the horn
Briton II pay's Homage to vintage JBL. This sold-out edition is highly coveted in South Korea and Japan
Kabuki-Ohaku Bass-Horn 2014
Instrument 7 with Convertible cabinet/Open Baffle 2008
David built his first horn loudspeakers in Grass Valley, California in 1976 at age 14. Named the "dc10" a play-of-words on the infamous jet-liner and his initials. The original dc10 was a bass-horn loudspeaker with his unique "jet-loaded" tweeter mounted inside the mouth of the bass-horn. His first speaker sale was in 1977: by age 15 David was selling his horn speakers to Hi-Fi enthusiasts and people in the audio industry in and around Northern California.
Viking Acoustics Founder
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