Tonewoods provides a warm, rich sound that has made it a standard when making musical instruments. Why should your music ever be played on anything less?
A history of success in the audio industry.
For thousands of years, the best musical instruments have been made of wood, from the lutes and drums of ancient Greece to the Gibson guitars and Stradivarius violins of today. There is one simple reason why this material has stood the test of time: When it comes to producing sound, wood just sounds better.
Since the goal of both an instrument and a speaker is to produce the best, richest sound possible, they should be created using the same materials. We've gone against the grain of the portable audio industry that mass manufactures its products from plastic, and instead have chosen to handcraft each and every speaker from instrument-quality wood, revealing a richness and depth to your music that other portable speakers can't replicate.
In engineering terms, a material is described as "orthotropic" when it has properties such as strength, stiffness, and elasticity in three mutually perpendicular planes. Wood naturally has different values for those properties depending on the direction in which those values are measured. Wood's properties can be measured in the circumferential direction (tangential to the growth rings), in the axial direction (up and down the trunk along the grain), and in the radial direction (from the center of the trunk out). This naturally occurring structure is nearly impossible to replicate in man-made materials such as plastic, particleboard, or MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard), even with today's technology.
So how does it make a better speaker?
When the transducer is directly attached to the body of the speaker, the entire chassis serves as a resonator. If that speaker body is made of wood, each single frequency is transformed into multiple complimentary sound waves as they travel through the wood. This enables wooden speakers to emit far richer and deeper sound than that emitted by speakers made of synthetic materials. The difference in sound is like hearing the completeness of a chord as opposed to a single note.
The ideal wood species for sound reproduction.
Certain varieties of wood are known as tonewoods, due to the fact they posses specific tonal properties that make them ideal choices for use in instrument crafting. We use four main tonewoods in speaker crafting:
Not only is wood a responsible, renewable resource to use in manufacturing, the responsive, fiberous composition of wood allows it to maintain its structural integrity over long periods of time, and makes it hardy enough to withstand exposure to a range of harsh environmental conditions. With proper care, products and structures made of wood can last for centuries.
For thousands of years, wood has been highly prized for its timeless aesthetic appeal, and is often employed as both a structural and decorative element in a plethora of designs. The graceful figuring, fascinating grain patterns, and rich colors of wood please the eye and invite the touch. Wood's seemingly endless versatility allows it to effortlessly adapt to virtually any style, and add a warm, natural note to any design scheme.