Archive for September, 2009

The loss of a pioneer

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 by tektondesign

When it comes to the best of the best, there was and is no one more gifted and accomplished in the art of loudspeaker design than Jim Thiel. Thank you so much for all of the contributions that you made to the world of hi-fi and specifically, loudspeakers! For many years, I’ve watched and tried to emulate you and your example. You were truly a legend to me. You were an innovator, a scientist, a perfectionist, and a gentlemen. Your presence at the trade shows and hi-fi events will be deeply missed. I never told you this personally, but you were one of my heros!

Every loudspeaker you produced was perfectly executed. Every demo I ever heard was flawless. As a product development engineer, I even had the honor and duty to dig into and document your work (some would call it reverse engineering). Jim, you were brilliant!

Jim Thiel, you will be sorely missed.

We express our heart-felt condolences to your family and friends.

Eric Alexander

URUZ measurements to be published!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 by tektondesign

I’m very proud of the level of engineering execution we’ve achieved regarding the Uruz loudspeaker. The Uruz model truly raises the bar to a new level of performance in the high sensitivity direct radiator loudspeaker category.

And now that the new Zu Essence measurement data is in the public domain (October 2009 Stereophile review), I’ve chosen to go public with Uruz performance data. After all, both loudspeakers are geared towards an identical audience. Both systems use nearly identical 10” drivers (though I choose not to implement the phase plug modification), and they both use ribbons.

Here’s what the URUZ promises to deliver:

  • Superior frequency response linearity
  • Improved impedance linearity
  • Superior phase response
  • A true 8 Ohm system – with a Z-minimum of 6.16 Ohm
  • Superior impulse response & step response
  • A near identical sensitivity SPL performance rating

More to come…watch for the URUZ loudspeaker performance data to be published very soon.

Best regards,

Eric Alexander