Pat, thanks for pointing us towards your Designer’s Bench. Reading those helped me better understand your new DSP/Amp design goals, the flexibility that the new tech offers you as a designer, and the step up in acoustic realism it offers consumers like me.Glad to hear you're enjoying your Shearwaters, and am happy to help.
The foam "donuts" were made of a 1/4' thick open cell foam commonly used in industrial air filters. Our fabricator is gone along with the cutting dies. You can get similar foam sheets in small quantities on Amazon. Cutting the stuff nicely with scissors is gonna be tricky, though. Maybe Exacto knife.
We're busy with a new set of technologies that let us do things with speaker design that we could once only dream of. There are big changes coming in audio and I'm both pleased and surprise that we're out ahead of it. Really fun.
There's a ton of detail on our site about how we're doing things in "Designer's Bench". We just posted Issue #7.
Here's our custom site.
Tweeters are good until they fail. The tiny braided wires that deliver signal to the voice coil flex with motion and finally give up and break. Until then you're fine.Pat, Question on the Shearwater tweeters... Do they wear out... I mean, they are 18 years old now, should they be replaced? I just replaced the woofers, and i swear they sound better out of the box and not even broken in...
We can build the systems in two different formats. Each pair is made to order so it's not a problemPat, thanks for pointing us towards your Designer’s Bench. Reading those helped me better understand your new DSP/Amp design goals, the flexibility that the new tech offers you as a designer, and the step up in acoustic realism it offers consumers like me.
I haven’t invested in any HD music or subscribed to any HD music streaming services yet (I assume Tidal would be the only HD streaming service available?). Using your current implementation, how would I, or could I incorporate my current phono and preamp; AND my current CD transport and DAC into, for instance... a set of your current Kestrels and still be able to stream HD music if I chose to subscribe to Tidal? I also understand that vinyl and CDs defeat your goal of moving away from those media and up to HD, but I still have a decent amount invested and still enjoy my collection that’s made up of vinyl and CDs. I think I recal reading that the current Kestrel has one analog and one digital input, so it seems to me that I’d have to switch interconnects between sources?
Hi Been a fan for awhile. Girlfriend bought a pair of your floorstanders--forgot which ones--at Sound by Singer 10 years ago+. Had great sound and beautiful woodwork. Now I just bought a pair of Kestrel Hotrods which has a severely damaged wood veneer on one speaker. Love the sound. Easily on a par with my Triangle Celius 202s. But can't live with the look, so selling on Audiogon. Would happily spend 2x on a veneer repair if you know where that could be done. Glad you are still making speakers.In an effort to assist those seeking replacement drivers, I've just started a Google spreadsheet into which we will pour our best information. I intend to add the remaining models and probably the crossover circuits as time and memory allow.
Some drivers continue to be available. Unfortunately others do not. The Kestrel tweeter is perhaps the worst problem. To the best of my understanding - a few years ago, the great driver makers Peerless and Vifa were acquired by Tymphany which discontinued the Vifa brand, moved a few Vifa drivers into the Peerless line and dropped much of the Peerless line. On the bright side, we sourced many of our drivers from Scan Speak that continue in production.
Here's the link:
Meadowlark Audio Legacy Driver Specs
The sources cited happily vend single units to retail customers.
One tidbit of advice: if you're having difficulty extracting a bad woofer that seems stuck to its gasket - don't mess up your baffle - just cut the cone out and grab hold of the chassis. It's more fun that way.