Magnum-8 series baffles
1 1/2" thick hardwoods
Rear mounted drivers
Roundover on front driver opening
- These baffles can be fitted with the following drivers -
Original Wild Burro Audio Labs Betsy
Wild Burro Audio Labs Alnico
Lii Audio Fast-8
Lii Audio Silver-8
There have been several recent requests for 1 1/2" thick
hardwood baffles for the various 8" drivers
Until recently, I have turned down these requests for two reasons -
1 - A concern that the smaller drivers might suffer from a
"cupping effect" to the sound in a thicker baffle and
the soundstage width would be restricted
2 - Because the 8" drivers do not produce as much energy
as the larger drivers, I reasoned that there would not be
an obvious benefit to the sound based on baffle "resonance"
Curiosity finally got the better of me and I built the baffles
shown above and below with Lii Audio Fast-8 drivers.
Per the suggestion of a customer, I used a more aggressive
roundover radius on the front of the baffle.
To my surprise, there was no "cupping effect" to the sound.
In fact, the soundstage was actually wider than the
Fast-8 drivers in the 7/8" thick baffles
In addition, the focus, clarity and low level detail was noticeably improved
So much for my "theories" .....
A further benefit of the thicker baffles is a more robust response
in the lower midrange and upper bass frequencies
They actually play "lower' than the thinner baffles
This creates a more "complete" musical presentation and makes
integration with a powered subwoofer or bass baffle easier and
*** Some things to consider when making a selection for purchase ***
1 - The original 7/8" thick baffles with front mounted
8" drivers are great "bang for the buck".
They are musically satisfying and are a great choice for music
lovers on a budget or who just prefer the appearance of front mounted drivers.
2 - There is not much of a difference in the sound (if any)
between the original baffles and the 7/8" thick "Plus" baffles.
The Plus-8 baffles (with rear mounted drivers) are "eye candy" and are a popular
option for music lovers who want a more "finished" looking pair of speakers.
3 - The Magnum-8 baffles are sonically superior to either of the 7/8" thick
baffles and a good choice for music lovers with revealing sound
systems who want to hear the last drop of performance from the 8" drivers
Available in any of the hardwood options on the price list
|Betsy Magnum baffles in the Caintuck Audio Listening Room
Lii Audio W-15 bass driver in a Wenge "Tombstone" baffle in the center
American walnut - Lii Audio Fast-8 driver
|African mahogany - Lii Audio Fast-8 driver|
|Hard Maple / Wenge - Betsy driver|
|"The Chameleon" - Lii Audio Silver-8 driver|
|Sapele - Lii Audio Fast-8 driver|
Additional Magnum-8 baffles are currently being built using a variety of hardwoods
They will be added to this page as they become available
To place an order :
Please send an email with your shipping address
and which speakers you wish to purchase
If you discovered the Betsy or Lii baffles on the Decware Audio website
or forum, please include this information in your email
I will email a reply with the insured shipping
charges for your approval
A PayPal invoice will then be sent to you
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