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Terry Cain DoubleBEN


05_may_2012

Inspired by the Frugel-Horn project, we decided to pursue a new range of frugal enclosures. For these cabinets, rather than using corner-loading, we wanted to utilise the double mouth layout pioneered by Terry Cain in his beautiful Double BEN (Big ENough) horns.* The result was the Spawn series of cabinets depicted on these pages. These are split into two distinct subsets, the Olson-Nagaoka enclosures and the BVRs.

Lotus2


     
The primary reason for employing the over-under mouth configuration, other than for the aesthetic effect, is that it allows a larger horn for a given footprint, and provides a rather different power-response to most single-mouth designs, analogous to a large MTM with a low crossover frequency. Terry's comments after building his original Double BEN enclosures still make interesting reading, and give some idea as to the sonic character the layout can provide: 'The design works to stretch the sweet spot considerably. I knew this would add depth, and it does, in spades... The sound, punchier, deeper, better balanced. Imaging is magnificent. It's a lot of woodwork but makes cellos and pianos have enough weight to the sound. From the first song I heard on these I knew they had something really amazing. Drums and double bass are doubly good.'
 

Olson-Nagaoka Cabinets -- Kongo, Haruna & Kirishima

These cabinets employ manifold, rather than constant expansion. In such designs, the horn flare is created by an cascade of untapered manifolds of increasingly greater cross-section. This approach is most often associated with Mr. Tetsuo Nagaoka, one of the great figures in Japanese speaker design, who produced a vast number of cabinets over several decades, mostly for Fostex drive units. However, it was first suggested by the legendary Harry Olson, in his 1937 patent application (granted 1940). Although not discussed in particular detail in the application, which focused upon the marrying of a low-pass filter (chamber) to a horn rather than the expansion of the horn itself, the diagrams clearly illustrate the first known instance of this expansion method, and references are to be found in the text, hence our respectful name-checking of both men. Although this type of cabinet does tend to require a large number of panels, they are relatively easy to construct since there are no complex angles to cut or position, and they are typically very efficient in how they use space, allowing a longer / larger horn for a given cabinet dimension. The sharp internal edges and angles also provide an additional low-pass filter, disrupting and attenuating unwanted shorter wavelengths passing along the horn. In ascending order of size, the cabinets are:

Kongo

for FE126En

Haruna

for FE166En

Kirishima

for FE206En

     

moose BVR -- now in Generation 3

At present, the majority of our earlier BVR designs are obsolete owing to the drivers they were developed for being discontinued. Several are currently in development for new currently available units.

The BVRs are essentially horn loaded reflex enclosures, viz. a bass reflex cabinet, with a short, carefully profiled horn replacing the more usual vent tube or duct. Cosmetically, they look like any other horn and output is over a broader bandwidth than is usual for more conventional vented boxes. The type was once relatively popular, with Klipsch, EV, Jensen and others all producing boxes using variations on this loading scheme. Like many others, it fell out of favour when the availability of cheap transistor power during the 1970s resulted in a shift toward lower efficiency speakers in smaller enclosures. With the resurgence of interest in high[er] efficiency speakers, this type of design is again being explored, two notable recent examples being the Replikon horn, and Onur Ilkor's double-mouth enclosure.

 

Derwent

EL70

Coniston2

2 x EL70

Freddie

for DNF5

Lotus

for CHR70

       

Note: all these visualizations shown with optional slanted deflector which requires an angle cit at each end.

     

Like the Frugel-Horn, these cabinets are made freely available for DIYers to build for personal use. Builders are encouraged to contribute at least feedback. Commercial builders are required to fulfil a (very) few requirements: Use of Designs

Please note: all of the enclosures on this page were refined in
Martin J. King's MathCAD worksheets.

Thanks are due in particular to Greg Monfort for his advice, and to all other DIYers who have built these designs and their predecessors.

*Sadly, our friend Terry Cain passed away in December 2006. He is sadly missed by many, not least the audio community.