Falcon Acoustics

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  • Falcon Acoustics
  • Mallories, Pound Lane, Stanton St. John,Oxfordshire, OX33 1HF England
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  • sales@falcon-acoustics.co.uk
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Falcon Acoustics web site (November 9, 2009): Falcon was founded in 1972 as Falcon Electronics by the first employee (1961) at KEF Electronics Ltd., Malcolm Jones. As Senior Development Engineer he did most of the design and development of the B139's, B200's, B110's, T15, T27 and the systems in which they were incorporated. He left KEF in 1974 having just completed the Reference Series 104 system and work on an active professional monitor, to work full time at Falcon Acoustics Ltd.

Although initially formed to supply the retail DIY market and supply a range of components, including most items needed for building a speaker system, the main advance was the production of Self-bonded Ferrite cored inductors, to customers requirements. This and a comprehensive range of capacitors made it possible for the first time, for designers, outside the main companies, to design systems using units from differing manufacturers. This led to a spate of Hi-Fi Magazine speaker designs in the 70's as there was no longer a need to use proprietary networks. Any desired value of inductor could be wound.

One of the most popular systems to be designed by Falcon was the Tabor, This system was supplied as a kit in many countries and made as commercial systems by 3 companies - with minor modifications. Many thousand were supplied over the years.

Falcon took over Nightingale Acoustics in 1978 and whilst keeping production of the NM1 for a while, brought out a new range:- NM3, NM pt.5, Llyric and Enigma. These went on to be produced as MkII models.

Over the years the inductor manufacturing plus the distribution of capacitors and loudspeaker units became the main part of Falcon. During the 80s and 90s Falcon wind inductors in the 100's of thousands per year and ship between 0.5 to 1 Tonne overseas most months. Many of Europe's well known (and some not so well known) speaker systems used Falcon Inductors.

In the early 80's Falcon took on the distribution of the Focal range of units, which became a two-way trade as Focal used Falcon ferrite inductors in their kits and systems (JMlab)

The DIY retail/mail-order side supplied almost everything needed to build a range of high quality loudspeaker systems and the phrase 'Everything but the Wood' has been used to describe the range.

Falcon was run as a small family business with Valerie and Malcolm Jones as directors. It moved from Bexhill in Sussex to Mulbarton in 1976, although the retail shop was still kept going till Wilf Harms our manager there, retired in 1980. Two of our 'girls' were with us for 25+ years, and another four employees for over 10 years.

We moved premises in April/May 2003 to Acle. A small town on the A47, about halfway between Norwich and Gt. Yarmouth. This is our first move since 1976! Full details are posted on the web site. Our mail was forwarded for a reasonable period of time (over a year), but has now finished.

Due to retirement and some staff not moving to Acle we lost 3 of our long established 'girls', Rosemary whom many will have spoken to on the office/ordering phone over the last 18 years retired early February 2005 and I am sure we all miss her dulcet tones and wicked sense of humour! Rosemary unfortunately was diagnosed with cancer shortly after retiring and died in July 2006.

During May-June 2005 the coil manufacturing side of Falcon Acoustics was transfered to Falcon Components Ltd and as Valerie retired due to ill health, her position as director was taken on by Paul Seago. Paul has decades of experience in speaker and system design, mainly in the P.A. and Group side.

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