The ART of Innovation
Innovation is the Designer's only true currency, otherwise you're but a copy of something else! For Viking Acoustics innovation was the only way to break the barriers of what was, and is possible for a passive loudspeaker system.
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.The ultimate loudspeaker must be flexible enough to produce every music genre with the correct tone, timber, "weight" and volume.
The ultimate loudspeaker must be flexible enough to produce every music genre with the correct tone, timber, "weight" bass, dynamics, hyper detail, and volume.
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
Internal bracing, bass-traps, resonators, and solid heirloom wood
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
with Convertible cabinet/open baffle 2008
Grande Voix Retro Studio
David Counsell 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.
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