Battle of the Open Baffles

Watching Jay's video today about the Maco Acoustics speakers, and saw the Caladan's late last year.  Seems like open baffle death match is brewing...


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@ricevs Does the method of wiring directly to the Voice Coil add any risk to the Driver when terminated a Wire?

I always thought Spades were used to keep the heat away from the driver to avoid a potential damage occurring.  

There is no damage to be done to a driver by hardwiring it (unless you try hard or are very non thinking). However, you need to have some skill and intelligence. I will have very detailed info on my website about this soon......including pictures.

Spade (disconnect) terminals are used mainly for convienience. Of course, those filled with fear will tell you they are there so you do not damage the driver. Some people and a very few manufacturers will solder to the tab on the speaker. However, do you want your dealer to come to a customers house to change the midrange on a Magico speaker and pull the driver out and solder on it?....dripping solder on the front of the speaker? No way, so you use a push on connector and degrade the sound. Best sound is your PC triple c wire soldered directly to the voice coil wire.

Clayton may be soldering to the tabs on the woofers in the Caladan shown in a fuzzy pic of the back of the speaker. This will be known with a better pic.....No, he is not soldering to the voice coil wires (the other end of the tab).

@ricevs Thank You for this info, and for offering to make available info to give guidance.

You set off my inquisitive side, strange that it is, as 90% of my listening is carried out with ESL’s creating the sound.

My Speakers are a Design with Audax Drivers HD-3P - HM130 CO - HM210CO

There is controversy about my having successfully filled the HD-3P to hold its charge of air.

Some say I have not controlled the fill pressure and some say the charge should be Nitrogen.

I say I have not heard a Tweeter has captured my attention for being attractive like this one, especially in the condition I have created, I have felt compelled to buy another pair and have them on standby to incorporated into being used with the ESL’s.

Back to being inquisitive, Typically a X over is placed within a Cabinet and less traditionally it has its place outside of the Cabinet.

One might suggest the outside of the Cabinet as a design, is classed as an upgrade to keep cabinet conditions from impacting on the X over.

Your idea of Hardwiring the the Voice Coil is a Bypass, or Shortest Route without connections in the signal path.

Can that be taken a stage further and have the X over mounted as short a distance as Possible from the Voice Coil.

An interesting reference to PC Triple C wire are you yet familiarised ?


Glad to see there are more and more commercial OB choices available these days. I bought a pair of Spatial Audio M3 Sapphires three years ago (sadly, they are no longer available) and consider myself very lucky to own a pair. I actually can’t imagine ANY box speaker sounding as good as the Spatials in my somewhat challenging room.