I could not find the speaker of my dreams, so I decided to build it myself
I founded Audiovector in 1979, at that time under the name of F3/LYD. At that time I had been in this business for 8 years, selling different brands of speakers. I was frustrated by the fact that some of the speakers I had sold, were able to reproduce some aspects of musical reproduction perfectly, but not all. Others were perfect at other aspects.
"There is one vital aspect which has remained entirely constant over my 40 years with loudspeaker development: The rigorous process of listening, listening, listening.
To describe Audiovector's speakers in figures and statistics merely proves that they are world-class. But to actually listen is proof that it takes more than great technology to create something truly special"
Partner and Chief engineer, Audiovector
REAL MUSIC AS REFERENCE
Some would argue that this is just a matter of taste. I don’t think so! I lived in the middle of Copenhagen at that time. I had easy access to all the important concert halls, jazz clubs and rock clubs. In other words my reference was (and still is) live music. In The Tivoli Concert hall, row 11, mid (by far the best position in that specific hall). At the Jazz house Montmartre, 3 metres away from Niels Henning Ørsted or Dexter Gordon or Stan Getz or close to the mixer at many of the rock venues going on. I would argue that with live music as my reference, I can get closer to perfection by measuring, listening, measuring, listen, etc. until the sound is exactly right.
My first commercial speaker, the Trapez, received excellent reviews and was an instant commercial success for exactly these reasons.
One example. The direct successor to the Trapez– with some speakers in between – is the SR 6 Avantgarde Arreté. Same DNA, better materials, computer calculation, same ears and brain behind, same basic sound quality – just better looking and improved in every way.
Prices are of course higher, but if you compensate for inflation, 2.5% per year average, the price is exactly the same as then, 34 years ago. Those who have been using Trapez for the last 34 years, can enjoy their investment: 1,15 DKr per day/ 0.15 Euro per day for the access to perfect reproduction of great music day and night!
Today all Audiovectors build on the same rules and values of the first speaker, the Trapez, albeit in modernized form. There is a list of rules for perfect speaker design, which I have followed (and modernized) since the start in 1979. It is called “12 rules for perfect speaker design”.Materials are better today than then. For example, we are able to use Titanium in voice coils now, the rubber surrounds are much more technically sophisticated and better sounding now, the membranes use carbon fiber composites, computers have changed calculations and optimizations, etc.
DANISH LOUDSPEAKERS 100 YEARS 1915 –2015
The 40 year history of Audiovector is a major contribute to this great book celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Danish loudspeaker invention and industry and tells the story about Audiovector’s constant search for sublime sound quality. Read the full Audiovector article here.