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A.O.S website (October 7, 2006): I decided to get my first set of loudspeakers while I was still at school. Although I listened to music each day, no amount of desire to get reasonably good-sounding speakers would overcome my small budget. The first speakers I bought based upon the technical data I read in the catalogue. What a mistake! The shabby little boxes sneezed and coughed acoustically; the sound was truly awful. I opened them up and founda cheap oval bass driver, something resembling a tweeter, a depressing little condensor and a tiny bit of fiberglass.

This was an experience in 1969. Recently, in 2004, I've got from my son a pair of 3-way speakers with the famous badge SONY on it, delivered in a small HiFi-system. The internal cabinet was empty, no damping material, the tweeter was a dummy, the midrange was a lousy tweeter and the crossover was tiny capacitor. What a progress during 35 years! Let's go back. I decided there and then that I would build any speaker I owned, not buy a poor-sounding box of inferior parts.

As lofty as this decision was, the technical literature of the early 70's provided very little help. The only solution open to me was to "learn by doing," which is exactly what I did. During this time it was possible to design a speaker with fairly accurate and musical midrange driver and tweeter. The bass section wasmore difficult. I found some very expensive ScanSpeak 21 cm woofer with Alnico magnet and I must admit that I had finally done it: built the first loudspeakers with which I was really happy.

The next advance in my loudspeaker design career came with the introduction of the first kits offered by the legendary British manufacturer KEF. The legendary B139 bi-radial driver with its polystyrene diaphragm made every other low frequency driver obsolete. The typical soft paper woofers at that time sound absolutely flat. KEF's Bextrene midrange drivers brought even more precision to my designs. At this time, many fine British Hi-Fi magazines found their way to hobbyists in whole Europe, published a great number of interesting DIY speaker systems. This was the beginning of the DIY hi-fi scene in Germany and maybe in UK and USA.

In 1983 I wrote a first article about a small speaker with double voice coil, the Focal 250DB. Even though this kit becamea considerable success, I had little interest personally in the French sound of speaker kits. The general philosophy did not fit my understanding of how music should be reproduced. I still remained committed to British design philosophy.

At that point I heard one of John Wright's IMF transmission line loudspeakers.That was a key experience! I had never heard such bass. I spent more than $ 2000,- to buy my own pair of IMF TLS 80 speakers. Then I disassembled them and made construction drawings. I copied the crossovers and found a British supplier, Falcon Acoustics Ltd., who produced them for us. We first started with the old version using the KEF B 139 and the KEF B 110 and Celestion tweeters. Having all the components at our disposal, we offered IMF transmission line kits. The result? All over Germany many hi-fi hobbyists built a great number of Transmission Line speakers!

Not more than a few years later, IMF disappeared from the market. John Wright began a new company: TDL Electronics. We immediately became agents for TDL and for ten years we were the largest selling TDL dealer for kits all over the world. The Monitor TL e.g. had world wide many positive reviews. We built a little bit smaller 3-way kit called Monitor Compact, had a very successfull review in the German "Stereoplay" magazine and selled over a thousand sets to music lovers throughout Europe.

Nevertheless, we persistently continued to improve and refine our design. 1992 marked a radical advance in midrange reproduction. Radical, because we stopped to use polypropylene and started with stiffer materials based on a mixture with stiff paper (back to the roots).

By 1996 we were able to introduce yet another quantum leap in accurate musical reproduction when we adopted the astounding ScanSpeak 18W 16545 K, with its rigid, resonance free papercarbon diaphragms. This superb device is large enough for a natural uncolored sound down to the lowest midrange regions and so unstressed as to evidence perfect impulse behavior far bejond 2 kHz.

Also in 1996, in our quest for continual improvement we abandoned the metal dome high frequency drivers which we used for over ten years. They were replaced by the world standard of audiophile tweeters, the fantastic ScanSpeak D2905 / 9700, a remarkable silk dome tweeter who provides improved definition and accurate high frequency reproduction. The magnificent result of this neverending quest for sonic perfection is our top design speaker: the Studio 90 TL.

Today, in 2004 we introduce a new and improved version, the Studio 100 TL ATC. The bi-radial bass unit will be finally replaced by a special ATC 10" bass with very low distortions and higher power handling. We are able to use the best metal dome tweeters available. Alternatively we offer the famous SCAN SPEAK RingRadiator R 2904/7000. The 100 TL is a speaker on the top and the price is still not over the top.

John Wright died after a short illness on June 1, 1999. It is a loss for all lovers of transmision line speakers. John and I were friends for many years. I learned a great deal from him. I am committed to continuing John's ideas and ideas using the best knowledge and preserve and maintain the transmission line techniques.

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