I think that Mart over at AA has done this with Maggies, but i'm not sure. Sean
With a sealed enclosure its seems logical to assume that it may damage the membrane- I don't think its designed to deal with pressure. I think using lens' would work best because your, your diffusing the rear wave. I know some guys like "wings" on there speakers but that's the older days(long before guys like us were around Slappy :), also it seems to be popular with guys in smaller rooms- helps channel seperation.
Unsound...Agreed that LF cancellation is a real phenomna: I just said that, as a problem, it's exaggerated. An ordinary cone driver in a open flat baffle suffers greatly from LF cancellation, but Magnepan (for example) has tweeked up the membrane with tension and weights so as to achieve flat response comparable to box speakers.
Kinda seems like this is an audio area not completly explored.
I was thinking about that, i know that DYI recipes for ESL's tell to use mylar or even saran wrap. Obviously not very thick and not *too* durable.
I guess the best solution would be a membrane that is light but with increased rigity.
I was under the impression that the large surface area and stonger control of the driver is what made ESL's so desireable. With a grill stator delivering uniform pull to the entire membrane it increases the clarity over the normal Dynamic driver which is basically a cone attached to a piston and is more inclined to suffer from distortion. I know that the whole "Boxy sound" can be greatly diminished by not using a box, but rather smooth curved surfaces.
Im looking for a niche to get in with speaker construction, trying to find idea's that people will be attracted to.
I think full range ESL's that can reach down to 40hz would be rather appealing. Im sure there are some ESL owners who can get a full range out of thier speakers, but the lack of bass is something commonly spoke of.
Another niche i was thinking of is finding a way to make smeakers that are intended to be up against the wall that dont suffer from that type of placement.
I figure that there are a billion companys out there, if i want to succeed i gotta do something different.
Slappy, full range ESLs that extend well below 40 Hz with authority are available. You could use the technology behind them for your own use at the least. Dr. Roger West of Sound Lab has a patent on the distributed bass resonance principle employed in his speakers which gives profound bass response. Perhaps there are other approaches that could work.
Yes, an electrostatic that was enclosed was the Dayton-
Wright speaker, made in Canada by Mike Dayton-Wright back
in the Seventies. It contained a gas inside the envelope
containing the electrostatic drivers and had a good sound
in the midrange and midbass, but lacked extension on the
highs. It was problematic in the first designs, but later
iterations seemed to work well. They were not my cup of
tea as a preferred speaker. ...Carl