We build poly-directional dynamic loudspeakers featuring unusual geometry with Finland birch cabinets. Each product has an individual identity and voice, while maintaining a family resemblance. Enclosure design through the range is either folded transmission line terminating in passive radiator, or pressure loaded with a series of dividing lenses. Driver elements are made to our specifications; in addition, all crossover components, i.e. parts and slopes have been chosen for musical value, as opposed to computer approval.
Every speaker in the range, with the exception of the Super Elf, will benefit from a placement as far from corner junctions as the room will afford. Models such as Obelisk, Hawk, and Diapason do require a bit more space, in this vein, for best results, as they do have rear firing drive elements. 1½ to 2 feet from rear and side walls is a good starting point. For further fine tuning, call us!
Electronics Contrary to some feedback we have received, our loudspeakers have never been designed to work with only one kind of electronics; however, our preference in electronics has always been solid state, even though tubes can work well if done properly.
Our top 3 favorites for manufacturers of the most musical separates are Bedini as our long time #1, with Plinius and Dynavector as recent additions.
For more affordable separates, as well as what we feel are the world's best integrated amplifiers, no one rivals Creek.
Wire On the topic of wire, yes people do still ask us! Kimber is, has, and always will be our favorite wire manufacturer for speaker wire and interconnect cables. Also excellent are the products from Sound Connections (a.k.a. Vampire Wire)
On the topic of CD players, our choices have never been too politically correct, in that we feel that the medium as a whole has still not delivered 100% of what was originally promised by the powers that be. As a result, for under $1000.00 it is possible to get one out of many machines to get 95% of what the megabuck players will do.
Surprisingly, some of the combo DVD/CD players have rendered amazing results...Keep your ears open. (Keep your eyes open too...beware of snake oil...)
Analog On the topic of analog playback, we have found nothing to compare to Well Tempered Labs for turntables, and the full line of Dynavector for cartridges.
Shahinian Acoustics Ltd.
37 G&H Cedarhurst Ave.
Medford, NY 11763
Fax: (631) 736-0381
Please don't e-mail us asking us to call you. Advice is free, but the phone call isn't.