I wrote a few weeks ago a typically-pissed article about hypocrisy and lie in audio and how you, the fools, allow it exists in audio, despite that we would hardly permit it to exist in our “out of audio live”. I did not posted this article yet but an email that I received today made to write publicly in response, holding my “About Hypocrisy” article in a perspective.
Mr. Yukihito Akiyama, the president of a Japanese company that produces Feastrex driver, juts broadcasted a blast-email proposing public to buy his drivers. I would never paid attention to it if the Feastrex were not use electromagnetics. Since I am experimenting now with electromagnetics myself, it has become almost “hobby of mine” to observe how the BS and hypocrisy around the filed coils overcome a sense of objectivism and realty.
Mr. Yukihito Akiyama clams:
“We at Feastrex focus not only on gap flux density, but also on smooth magnetic flow. We found that maintaining a smooth, stable, and powerful supply to the magnetism used at the voice coil gap significantly improves the sound quality of the transducer…”
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“In addition to the low flux modulation distortion and high stability of the Naturflux magnetic circuit, the aerodynamic and acoustic advantages of its shape should also be noted. The smoother air flow around the rear of the driver tends to minimize noise due to turbulence, and highly undesirable reflections off the front face of the magnetic circuit (some of which can pass through the cone and have negative interactions with sound coming off the front of the cone) are virtually eliminated by the continuous curvature of the spherical yoke.”
Well, I usually say that a littlie lie creates a bid shortage of trust. All things that Yukihito Akiyama’s clams are fine and could perfectly stay with his credentials, however how much the Feastrex’s clams might worth for anyone who actually heard the Feastrex drives?
Mr. Yukihito Akiyama said: “Those of you who enjoyed the outstanding sound of the Naturflux D5nf prototypes at CES will be glad to know that the actual production units, which will begin shipping soon, will sound even better…”
Excuse me!? “The outstanding sound at CES”? Are you kidding Mr. Akiyama, are you ignorant or you just without any touch with those thoughts that your brain generates? The Sound that Feastrex demonstrated at CES was not juts bad but it was criminally bad. It was not juts overly compressed and inhumanely de-toned. The symphonic music sounded on the Feastrex like the humming sounds coming form a person who sings without opening his mouth. The Feastrex Sound was severally compressed “particle of midrange” where all notes where staying under 4-inch-thick Persian carpet with Chevrolet Caprice Classic 86, turned upside down, sitting atop of that carpet. And after this Mr. Yukihito Akiyama suggested that it was “outstanding sound”!!! Perhaps Mr. Akiyama should review his relationship with Realty. In fact the Feastrexes driver produced even worst result then my nominee for the absolutely worst drivers I ever heard: the Hartley drivers used in the Hotei loudspeakers or something that I deservingly called “the drivers with Sound of a marble statue”.
Anyhow, I “appreciate” the multi-thousands price tag on the Feastrex fieldcoil drivers and all marketing paranoia that accustomed it. In the end of the day – crew those permanent magnets vs. fieldcoils. Mr. Akiyama and similar to him – before put yourself in a position to justify with your accomplishments the fundamentals of topologies learn how to get a reasonable, presentable and respectable sound. Also, learn how to assess sound with using self-serving lie and deception. Then, only then, after you demonstrate some credibility, honesty and proven capacity then it might be possible to talk with you about the flux modulations and about the deep-seated limitations of the “yellow diaphragms” for reproduction of western music.
Romy the Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche