Interesting RnD Outcome.

In clarification to our previous post regarding our decision to not produce the dundee8 prototypes. The Dundee5s get to 15Hz, FGS, the Dundee6s do even better. dundee8s go to the other-side of perfection…

Alacrity Audio

Interesting RnD Outcome. Many years ago, I did some design work for a large and very famous PA company. It involved a stage bass-bin with four 10 inch bass units in a 200 litre cabinet. However, despite it’s size and all the power I could throw at it, it was out performed by what was, at the time, my Caterthun6 predecessor.

Out of a certain sense of disappointment, it sat neglected in my living room for six months until a friend asked to borrow it for a practice session. Seeing no harm in lending it out, I accompanied them to the function room they’d hired for practice.

Gaz was using an 18 Watt H+H head-amp with his bass guitar, which seemed small to me, and I was embarrassed by the sniggers and whispers of “home-made?” from the other band members. Suddenly, all doubts were dispelled as Gaz touched the strings.

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Explaining our product range.

In response to a recent article, questions have been asked about the actual products and their price-point positions within our range (and why we seem to be ‘missing some obvious models’).

Our range starts at the Caterthun6, which for decades has fully satisfied my ears. When properly set-up, it seemed there was nothing they could not do. I had prototyped a ‘Caterthun5’ very early on in my career but, as wonderful as they were, they are a step-down from the Cat6, and would cost the same to produce, so offer poor value-for-money in my business opinion, though their shock-and-awe factor could rate highly due to their diminutive size. Still, at the same money, I’d pay for the 6s. Louder/watt, more power and (slightly) better bass, they’re my favorites, apart from the Caterthun8s.

The Caterthun8s are a constant stream of surprise and delight. Their openness and speed reveal layers of new detail in an instant “Wow” format. Their high sensitivity and rigid paper bass unit give the very best of that ‘paper’ sound; which can be so intimate on vocals and revealing of midrange detail, plus their extra size brings finger-fretboard thumping levels of bass detail retrieval. They are our most amplifier-friendly loudspeakers, apart from the Dundee5s.

The Dundee5s are a tall floorstanding 1/4 wave transmission line combined with our Acoustic Induction material and a fiber woven contoured cone. Power handling levels are truly astounding and the woven bass unit is as warm as a woolly jumper without muffling any midrange or blurring any bass tones. And the bass response jumps by 100% or more over the Cat8. Somehow, they dig another octave out of the record and seem to add an extra 3db to it, relatively. Their stereo imagery is still 10 feet deep and pinpoint focused, infact, possibly the most breathtaking of all. Add this to their stunning accurate vocals and you have a brilliantly executed loudspeaker, almost as good as our Dundee6.

The Dundee6 is just sublime. Never have I heard a loudspeaker that disappears into the room like the Dundee6. Never have I heard vocals handled as well as they are on the Dundee6. Never have I experienced such a wide dynamic range as I have on the Dundee6. And never have I experienced such clean and deep bass. Our floorstanders cost a little more to build, pack and ship, but they offer a whole next-level-but-one of performance over the cheaper Caterthun range. Of the two, there is a difference. I prefer the absolute clinicality of the Dundee6s, their ‘no-compromise’ approach. And they’re up a bit on Output, Power and Dynamics over their smaller cousins.

To the questions raised;

“Why aren’t there any Caterthun 5 speakers?”

We already covered that one.

“Where are the Dundee8s?”

There will never be a Dundee8, unless we design a public-address system, in which case we wouldn’t go with an 8, but something a bit bigger.

“What’s next then?”

Well, um, we could try something new…

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Are we ‘for-real’? :-)

Remember this?

http://hifipig.com/national-audio-show-2012-paulstop-6-rooms/

“Top 6 systems for me:

Nr 6:  Alactrity Audio

A relative newcomer to the audio world, Alacrity were here this year demonstrating their newly developed Caterhun Classic stand mount loudspeaker.  I’d passed their room several times, each time being impressed with what seemed to be emanating from the open door, and on my third “pass” I decided to go in and find out more.  What I heard from little stand mounters was impressive.  Very good bass extension, the little ‘speakers literally running full range. Considering the very modest source and amplification components* the sound was very well balanced if a little roug around the edges (which I suspect was more to do with what was connected to the speakers than because of them).  The makers claimed that these little speakers employ new technology based upon something called a Helmholtz Resonator to generate their amazing frequency response, which they also claim is flat from sub 20Hz to 20KHz.

*(a laptop which had “lost” all the music they’d brought so they resorted to using it’s CD drive and 3 of their CDs plus an –tube thingy amp which they confessed they’d paid £200 from Amazon for just to bring to the show!)

I think that these guys did themselves a disservice though by not hooking up the speakers to better quality ancillaries and bringing more music with them, but their enthusiasm was hard to fault!”

We paid a lot for that, LOL!

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Vacancy.

Massive opportunity for the right person.

Alacrity Audio

Self-employed sales person required. Must have own transport. Must have previous sales experience, preferably in the Hi-Fi industry. This is a very exciting role with a unique product in a dynamic market sector. This is NOT a salaried position, but the per-item sales-commission is substantial as is the scope for a future managerial position. Successful candidate will be flexible enough to adapt to different markets, to different sales environments and to lead generation. Please respond in the first instance with CV to Alacrity Audio Limited.

info@alacrityaudio.co.uk

We will reply to all responses and try to answer any questions. Many thanks and good luck. Jon and AA Team

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One of ‘those’ hifi moments…

My better three-quarters has been floating round the IKEAs recently with that home-remodeling thing going on in her little head, and discussions this evening fell to the actual MOVING MY HIFI bit. Her ultimate goal, I’m sure, is to limit me to a single stereo pair in the livingroom at any one time; most unacceptable. So, after the usual “no, what do YOU want” ‘s had run their course and a decision had to be made, I asked “so which pair do you prefer?”, to which she looked very puzzled.

I should point out at this stage that we were packing D5s, D6s and C8s under the projector wall after a demo earlier yesterday, and apart from that delicate difference in appeal, they’re difficult to audibly split. The C8s are deep, clear and fast, the D5s are deep, clear and rich and the D6s are just deep and clear, but they all do this amazing, ‘transparency’, disappearing-act on your ears.

So she says “I dunno. Which pair is playing?” and I opened my mouth to answer, and I had no idea.

😀

I absolutely cracked-up laughing because… I should’ve known. I should’ve been able to tell the difference and just say, “oh, it’s the such-n-such”, even if I was just blagging it, but because, just in that instance, it mattered, I had to get it right, and I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t tell which was which.. However, if I’m honest, any of them would do. They just don’t sound like loudspeakers… they just sound like the sound.

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Our Future.

Hehe, this is the best bit. I’m still full of speaker designs, pushing the edges of clarity, but there’s also an amplifier on the horizon, a bi-amplifier…

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Our Present.

I’m changing vehicles, so might not be at a show this year. However, Michael might be co-hosting a room somewhere, details to follow.

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