These speakers were custom made for me by Soundlab founder Roger West in 2001. I wanted better dynamics and range than their standard fare (M1). The MB1 was his answer - and it worked like a charm. These speakers are serial number MB01 - the first ones made. I played them on occasion for a few years and then put them in storage where they stayed for years. Recently, when I was ready to sell them, I sent them to the factory to be evaluated (where they are now). Roger recommended that we put on a new membrane and grill. And that was done at a cost of just under $2000. So now they look great and operate like new. Also have special shipping containers which cost $500 to build.
Will not accept Paypal. They are scum. Bank wire or bank check. Funds must clear before items are released for shipping from the factory.
These speakers are being offered at less than 1/4 their replacement cost, which would be well over $20k. Buyer pays shipping. In the picture (at the Soundlab factory), they are the ones in front of the 9 foot tall Majestic 945's that I sold recently. From the front, each panel looks like the 2001 obelisk - with brand new grill. They will ship from the factory.
The MB-1 is a full-range electrostatic panel consisting of a single large flat panel from which all audio frequencies radiate. Both the front and rear of the speaker radiate freely in order to eliminate enclosure coloration. This configuration eliminates the phase distortion resulting from using multiple drivers to cover the audio spectrum. Further, since all frequencies radiate from the same surface, time-alignment is perfect. The panel is flat and therefore the sonic energy is confined to a projected field having a height and width equal to that of the panel. This virtually eliminates side wall, ceiling and floor reflections, resulting in a more pure sonic field. It is highly recommended that the wall behind the speakers be well damped in order to eliminate reflected energy from the rear of the speaker.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20 Hz to 20kHz The low-frequency cutoff may vary somewhat in different acoustical environments.
AUDIO POWER: Maximum: 300 "music" watts Minimum recommended: 100 watts
RADIATING AREA: 2480 square inches
IMPEDANCE: Nominally 50 ohms
SENSITIVITY: Equivalent to 88 dB//1W/1M, measured at 4 meters
CONTROLS: Brilliance: Continuously variable Mid-frequencies: 4 position switch in 3dB steps Bass: 4 position switch in 3dB steps Bias Power Supply: Adjustable
SIZE: Height: 79.5 inches Width:41.5 inches Depth: Panel: 5 3/4 inches. Base included: 23.75 inches.
WEIGHT per speaker: 195 pounds
FINISH: Medium Oak
GRILLE FABRIC: Black double-knit
LINE POWER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BIAS POWER SUPPLY: 117 VAC, 50/60Hz, 2 watts nominal
Must pay by bank wire or certified check. Will not deal with Paypal. They are scum. All funds must clear before Soundlab will ship. Owners Manual Accessible on line. Speakers ship directly from Soundlab Factory in Gunnison Utah.
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