It is interesting… complaining about the fact that the “promising to be claver” Cessaro Horn using the TAD drivers (still it is not completely known as they said that that MD driver cost €4000) I asked myself: what else they might use? Really, horns are incredibly simple topology. The horn section of any 4 ways inhalation does not cost expensive and the very best set of horn would cost not a lot at all. The complexity in the horns coming form setting the things up, arrangement and trashing out of the person head those idiotic cartoons that the person have managed to sponge from the world of the box speakers. Then the drivers came …
The drivers are real bitch in horns. The Morons listen horns installations that perform more or less acceptable and run to imitate what they have seen, buying the similar to the given system cable elevators and feeling that they might get the similar sound. However, behind all tribulations of horns inflations there is something that the Morons do not see – the drivers.
I is ironic that in the world of compression drivers everything is so freaky (not to mention that I generally do not use the phrase compression drivers). No one make good or even at least interestingly sounding compression drivers. Some people fell that they “smart” and use some vintage drivers but the vintage driver are crap as well. Each compression driver and particularly “vintage” has own cook-coo and it is necessary to deal individually with each driver. Not a lot of people have skills to handle the tasks not to mention an ability to discriminate and navigate result. The compression drivers “as is” perform “as is” and it is how most of the horn sounds out there. Bruce Edgar, who feeds America bottom eaters with his “Volkswagen horns” was complaining that people do not understand where his quality come from. He said that people see the wooden horns and feel that it’s it but in realty the 50% of his sound come from his driver person retune and reassemble each driver. I would not comment on the Bruce’s driver but the point is very well illustrated: no drivers - no needs to peruse any horns.
Well, Bruce staffs his horn with “obtainable for production” JBL2441. I did not use this driver, I used 2440, but even 2441 should be fine. Still, it is kind of “vintage” driver and another 5 years and the hoodlum will seal even them on eBay for obscene amount of money, not to mention that you need 2-3 paid to make one well-sounding pair… So, if the Germans at Cessaro Horn decided to make horns commercially then what options they have for drivers of the need a reliable and stable flow of “not trouble-type” of the drivers. The army of the crappy ferrite-magnet drivers? TAD? TOA? BMS? Today’s Altec/JBL? 2-3 more? I mean there are not a lot of out there…
It is certainly that Cessaro Horn did not make this 4–5-way $150K horn as “popular” model and they will generate the cash flow by pushing the 2-3-ways smaller and cheaper installations. People who will buy the 2-3-ways horns are deaf anywhere and for them it is irrelevant what kind drivers will be used there. The Cessaro Gamma will remind as the company virtual flagman, good for pictures and good for marketing but with “irrelevant sound”. There are not reasons for Cessaro to go in their Gamma for better drivers. The sales peoples will be show off the smaller Cessaro speaker and say that the company $150K flagman used the same drivers. The fact that those people, if they have ears, could get the very same sound as the TADed flagman has for fewer than 5K would be irrelevant….
Yes, I am disappointed the Cessaro Gamma uses TADs but I do not think that it is completely the Cessaro fault. If you are in a business to do mass cooking then you start from precooked pasts and end up with handing the burgers out there the drive by window… Dispute a large price tag the TADed Cessaro Gamma most likely is not a product of tailored authored sound. Everything will be completely understandable about Gamma if I know how the upper bass horn was done… Still, even among the McDolands speakers the Gamma, well along with thir €4000 TADSlooks deistically objectionable (means has objectives :-)
I juts wish it would be more available drivers out there and Cessaro, AG, Bruces and dozen others would have chance to use them….
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche