They’re finished! Well almost, I’ll have some funky outriggers made for them (chrome bling bling) really just to add a touch of ‘high end’ to the aesthetic more than anything else.
To say I’m happy with the finished product is somewhat of an understatement, Mark and the guys at Gees Furniture Finishers have done an outstanding job with the shimmering piano-gloss lacquer, considering the rough-as guts condition the cabinets were in (probably not too bad to be honest) I’m as pleased as Punch.
Big kudos must also go to Spincast in East Tamaki for the superb chrome diecast logo’s, these add the finishing touch and really have turned the speakers into something to be admired. I have to mention the logo creator also, Shane Eriwata at Creative Organism. He’s a killer designer and once you get past the commando looks, has a real heart of gold and is uber-passionate about his craft. Needless to say if you need a great Graphic Designer, make sure you get in contact with Shane-O pronto!
And how do they sound? Surprisingly coherent through the midrange and treble, with terrific dynamics and speed. I’ll be the first to admit the bass performance isn’t quite up to the same standard, but is exceptionally nimble and articulate while missing some ‘slam’ and visceral impact.
I’ve had email correspondence from Ed Swift, the designer of the Vofo and a loudspeaker guru based in the UK – he has suggested using a BSC (baffle step compensation) circuit in order to bring the bass level in line with treble output, so that’ll be the next stage in development. Here’s a link to his Hand Made Audio site showing more pictures of the Vofo, which he is now producing commercially in Great Britain.
So there we have it. Hopefully the pics will tell a better story than the written word, but these unique babies of mine will only disappear from my home when hell freezes over.
And with global warming apparently taking a grip of our planet, that’s not likely to happen any time soon…