Re: Acoustic Image Amplifier

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on June 23, 2000 at 15:45:13:

In Reply to: Re: Acoustic Image Amplifier posted by Don on June 23, 2000 at 09:00:54:

: : : anyone hear of or have used an acoustic image amplifier?

: : I have owned and used one since the beginning of the year. The URL for the web site it below. I'll be glad to field any questions you might have.

: : I like it.

: Bob: I was shown the Acoustic Image Contra the other day, but I haven't heard it. On thing that concerns me is the performance of the down-facing woofer in different conditions: one night I'm on carpet, the next night a hardwood stage, and the next night concrete. What happens to the sound?

the private message I sent you, in case it is of any interest to others on the board:

The design is a double-edged sword. I have played on tile, wood and thin industrial type carpet and haven't really noticed a significant difference between them - of course, walls/ceilings/layout and their absorptive or reflective nature apply equally. It is a bit unusual since so much of the sound is indirect- I sort of have a love/hate relationship with it, since I guess I am used to the more direct voice of a box--

I think it is best used in smaller or low-medium volume venues due to its characteristics. You do get enough bite and attack from the front facing speaker, to which it seems to cross over pretty quickly. The manner in which is spreads the sound is quite satisfying to the bassist IMHO, since it more or less resembles the instrument's spread itself.

However, I have had 'creeping feedback' problems at higher volumes, even with a rather feedback-resistent pickup -- while you can aim a directional speaker away from you to ease feedback potential, the AI's omnidirectional nature can only be moved further away to ease the proclivity.

The sound does 'get out' and is spread around, though, and I've been happy with it in most situations; for larger venues/louder situations I break out the 2x10 cabinet and Eden head.

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