Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook

LIS 2014

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2014 Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook 8 INDUSTRY REPORTS Y ou've poured your heart and soul into your design—bending the BL curve, calculating the compliance, massaging the membrane, and critiquing the crossover—now you're ready to go into production. But first, you have to determine where to manufacture: local or long distance? T h e r e a r e s e ve r a l f a c t o r s t o c o n s i d e r including your customer location, production costs, protection of intellectual properties, time to market, protot ype development cost and time, quality control, counterfeiting, minimum quantities, customization, and more. To gain some insight, I interviewed several successful American manufacturers. Sanders Sound Systems Roger Sanders of Sanders Sound Systems has been advancing the ar t and science of loudspeakers, specifically electrostatics, for more than 40 years. The loudspeakers are developed, fabricated, and assembled under his watchful eye in his factory, which is nestled in Aspen, CO. When interviewed, Sanders stated, "Exotic speakers like Sanders Sound System's electrostatic speakers require highly skilled workers who take great care in their work and pay attention to the details. It takes a long time to find and train such workers. Even so, they must be closely supervised and extensive testing and quality assurance is required. This cannot be done by using workers in a foreign country. There simply is no substitute for having total control of production in one's own factory." Orb Audio A nother A meric an manufac turer is Orb Audio, which is operated under Will Christenson's Argument for Local Sourcing By Mark Beach President, Beach Dynamics and Vice-President, Association for Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics (ALMA) International A magnet and a back plate are glued to the top plate and basket assembly. (Photo courtesy of Eminence)

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