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
Some 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
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!
Viking Acoustics formerly dc10audio was founded by David Counsell in 2007. 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.
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 in South Korea
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
Innovated and hand-made in the USA
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