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From the scrapbook - notes on the progress of a new speaker design

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  • From the scrapbook - notes on the progress of a new speaker design

    I have so much written as I proceed with a new design. This attachment is from 1998 and is a write-up of some notes I made as the design of a low-cost mini-monitor gathered pace. In those days I typed the report onto the PC - I subsequently found that it is much more flexible (and future proof?) to physically cut-and-paste all printed graphs and documents into giant scrap books, one per model and the hand write comments alongside. Quicker too.

    This 'Buddy' speaker eventually became the Xpression! DPM1S and sold well. This was the start of the design - it was a little different by the time it went into production. I've redacted where necessary.

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    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK