News & Media

Eminence Speaker LLC Appoints Josh Martin to the New Role of Technology Sales Manager.

March 10,2011

Eminence, KY – Eminence Speaker LLC is pleased to announce Josh Martin has been promoted to the new role of Technology Sales Manager.

In this new role, Martin will be responsible for the market development and sale of a revolutionary new technology called D-FEND™, which provides programmable control over key performance characteristics of passive systems and loudspeakers.

Josh Martin“We are very excited about this amazing technology, and we are equally excited to have Josh join our dynamic sales team and oversee its development.” said company President Chris Rose. “Josh has many years of experience as a gigging musician, and is well versed in the management and use of audio systems. That coupled with his impeccable integrity, leadership skills, and his attention to detail make him the ideal candidate for this position.”

“I’m thrilled to be moving up within such a great company, and I’m confident in the success we’ll have introducing the D-FEND technology.” said Martin. “It’s truly innovative, revolutionary, and solves major problems with passive systems and loudspeakers. I look forward to seeing it flourish within the industry.”

Prior to his promotion, Martin held several key positions with Eminence which have helped him develop a full understanding of critical aspects of the loudspeaker manufacturing process, become familiar with pro audio and MI manufacturers, and customers, and their respective needs.

Pete Anderson talks about his favorite speaker, the Cannabis Rex.

February 16,2011

Pete AndersonWhat I wanted to talk to you briefly about today was the Cannabis Rex speaker, being made by Eminence. It’s the non-smokable version. So I don’t want you to think that if you get into a bind you can roll up your speaker and smoke it. But it does sound odd, and it sounded odd to me many years ago when people were talking about hemp and things of that nature, but I wanted to testify a little bit on this speaker because my career early on was really based on Electro-Voice speakers and a very clean sound when I was playing a lot of country music, and I’ve switched over to a little bit more browner sound, a lot more blues and using a different instrument, my signature guitar by Reverend. Just a different sound for me, and I tried out these speakers.

Cannabis RexCobi Stein sent one over for me to try out and I A/B’d it with some other stuff I was using. And I must say I was really impressed. Most of the time, my thing is you really don’t want to notice the speaker, that was my mode of operation. And if you do notice it, you should notice it in a good way and not in a bad way. Most of the time, in my case, I would notice a speaker in a bad way and not like it. And hence the EV’s were like a clear window to the public.

But this speaker has been an amazing adjustment for me in listening to speakers and how they respond and react. And I must say, from the speaker that was in this before which will go unnamed, the response this speaker seems to have, the only way I can describe it is that from ground-zero, the bottom of the tone to the top of the tone is just a complete and even climb to where the tone dies off at the top. So there’s no spike, there’s no bump of any kind that I perceive in these speakers, for me. And that was the biggest difference. So it was like actually a controllable window that I enjoyed, having my sound flow through to the public and to the listener. So it’s just a pleasing, kind of a clear speaker that doesn’t color your sound, doesn’t hype your sound, but anything that it would add to the sound, it seemed to be very even and responsive.

“Cannabis! Don’t smoke it, play it!”

Check out Pete at the following links:

www.eminence.com/artists/pete-anderson/
www.youtube.com/user/guitardog8
www.peteanderson.com/
www.littledogrecords.com/home/

Billy Penn Reviews the Eminence Ragin Cajun

February 10,2011

This is an excerpt from Billy Penn’s review. Read the full review at 300Guitars.com.

The Eminence Ragin Cajun is an excellent choice if you have a small 1×10” amp that you want to get the absolute most out of or multi 10” configuration that needs a lift. It will transform a dull, seemingly lifeless amp into an open sounding dynamo! I now really wonder what a pair or a quad of Ragin Cajun’s would sound like……probably enormous with even more of a good thing.

Loud, clear and focused with articulate highs, warm mids and a really nice bottom for a 10” speaker. If you install a Ragin Cajun in your amp you will be heard is all I can say! This little guy is not shy nor will it hang in the background.

The transformation of my Super Champ was stunning and now I am 100% happy with it at home and on a live gig. I can only imagine how good it would sound in the studio. The Ragin Cajun totally opened up the amps voice and made that little 18 watt amp completely gig worthy. The overall feel of the amp improved because the speaker is so much more dynamic than the stock unit. Blackface or silverface Fender amps will love the Eminence Rajun Cajun and all that vintage goodness will be enhanced. The Ragin Cajun is another Eminence winner in my opinion that has found a home in another one of my amps!

Dave Sheldon on Guitar Cab Mic Placement

February 8,2011

Exes for Eyes guitarist, Dave Sheldon, discusses the 5 most popular methods for mic’ing a guitar cabinet. Dave used the Eminence Legend V128 for this video.

Learn more about Dave and Exes for Eyes at the following links:
www.myspace.com/ExesForEyesMusic
www.myspace.com/DaveSheldonProductions
www.presonus.com/artists/professional-users/Detail.aspx?artistID=162
www.youtube.com/ExesForEyesMusic

Eminence Speaker LLC Introduces a Long-Awaited Solution for Retailers. The Eminence Tone Center.

January 2,2011

Eminence Speaker LLC, the leader in guitar speaker technology, proudly announces a sweet sounding breakthrough for retailers: the Eminence Tone Center.

The Eminence Tone CenterWith the guitar speaker being one of the most important pieces of the tone puzzle, it has been challenging for retailers to sell replacement or upgrade speakers due to the fact there has been no practical way to demo them. Until NOW, that is!.

The Eminence Tone Center, consisting of a 4 x 12 cabinet loaded with four uniquely voiced guitar speakers and a foot switch, finally offers the consumer the ability to play through a selection of speakers by plugging in any amplifier of their choice. With full color graphics and product information cards for each model, this retail display makes a consumer’s purchase decision easy.

“Loudspeakers are an incredible accessory item for any music store. The poor economy and the consumer’s desire to maintain or upgrade their equipment rather than buying new makes it even more important and lucrative to consider.” said Eminence President Chris Rose. “As with all viable accessory items, dealers can enjoy significant margins. We’re excited to offer the Tone Center to help retailers increase sales, and consumers to hear our incredible array of guitar speakers.”

“Each unit comes loaded with four speakers from our wide selection of classic American and British tones.” said Gary Morrison, Eminence Distribution Sales Manager. “Also included in this retail package is a foot switch, attractive graphics, information cards, and a small inventory of each speaker. We’re finally able to offer a complete, yet affordable solution to this decades old problem.”

For more information, please contact Wetzel “Buddy” Spears, Administrative Sales and Marketing Assistant, at 502.845.5622 ext. 228, or via e-mail at wetzel.spears@eminence.com.

Eminence Speaker LLC Introduces Heavy-Duty, 2” Horn Flare: The H2EA

January 2,2011

Eminence Speaker LLC proudly announces the first in a line of high quality, yet value priced, cast aluminum horns designed for the pro market, the H2EA.

H2EA 2" Throat Horn FlareThe H2EA is a rugged, cast aluminum 2” throat horn, incorporating an exponential flare for optimized acoustic loading and energy transfer. Its compact size makes it ideal for sound reproduction in small, medium, and large-size venues. The aluminum material offers maximum rigidity in this heavy-duty design, eliminating the need for added cabinet bracing. Because of it’s FEA optimized exponential flare, users can expect a smooth and natural frequency response free from unwanted colorations and diffractional effects commonly exhibited in alternate designs.

“The H2EA is the result of finite element analyses coupled with real world listening tests involving skilled industry veterans of the highest caliber.” said Matthew Marcum, Design Engineer at Eminence. “Designed to maximize the performance of our PSD3006, the H2EA delivers more sound output with less power input due to the heat sinking properties of the chosen material. Measured to reduce the maximum external surface temperature of the driver by 25°F after power testing, the aluminum material results in lower power compression and distortion while increasing driver performance and longevity. ”

See the H2EA at the winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on January 13, 2011.

The GREATEST Name in Car Audio is Back. Introducing the Eminator® Car Audio Series.

January 2,2011

Eminence Speaker LLC, the most respected name in audio, proudly announces a new line of car audio products: the Eminator® Car Audio Series.

The Eminator Car Audio SeriesBorn from a heritage of quality, value and reliability, the Eminator® series from Eminence is a sound barrier breakthrough for car audio enthusiasts everywhere. The Eminator® series is skillfully designed in the USA with the same pro audio engineering that has made Eminence the most trusted name in the industry for nearly half a century. Eminence built its reputation in the car audio industry over the last 25 years by building over 3,000 speakers per day for some of the biggest names in the business, including Pyramid, Crunch, Earthquake, Lanzar and Hifonics.

No other car audio speaker line provides more performance and reliability for the price. From high-power mid-ranges and chest-thumping subwoofers, to HF devices and components, the Eminator® series offers serious sound for serious tone-lovers everywhere.

“There are a lot of extremely high Xmax drivers out on the market and they work well in tiny boxes, but you need enormous amplifiers to get high SPL levels.” said Jerry McNutt, Design Engineer at Eminence. “That concept works, but it is more expensive and is harder on your car’s electrical system. The Eminators will let you get to the SPL level you want without breaking your car or your wallet.”

“The Eminator series is manufactured in our state-of-the-art factory in China, and stocked and distributed by Eminence USA.” said Eminence Distribution Sales Manager Gary Morrison. “With the value and performance features of this unique line of products, together with our unrivaled customer service, we know our distributors are poised for success.”

Providing the Proper Amount of Headroom

Tech Talk With Big Tony November 1,2010

“How much amplifier do I need to properly power an Eminence pro audio woofer?”

This can be a rather ambiguous topic because there is really no “right” answer. You can damage speakers from over or under powering them. The general rule of thumb to ensure proper headroom in a pro audio application is to provide at least twice as much amplifier power as the speaker’s continuous power rating. Whatever power you have available, you must be responsible. If you do not have adequate headroom, you must avoid clipping your amp. The distortion created from amp clipping will blow speakers. If you do have adequate headroom, keep in mind that you still have more power than the speaker can actually handle continuously.

Example:  If you are using the Kilomax Pro-18A, which is rated at 1250 watts continuous, it is recommended to use a 2500 watt amp per woofer.

Bottom line, if you are achieving the desired amount of output and not approaching amp clipping, you should be fine. If you are clipping, you either need more amp or more speakers.

How do I know if I have the 30W or 50W version of the Red Fang?

Tech Talk With Big Tony September 29,2010

When Eminence released the 12” Red Fang in 2004, we were concerned the industry was not ready to accept a higher power Alnico speaker. The Eminence Red Fang is a very detailed and efficient speaker, so it’s a great compliment for lower power applications. Eminence Red Fang 12" AlnicoThere are a lot of misconceptions about power ratings, and we did not want anyone to overlook it for their lower wattage applications. We originally specified the power rating at a very conservative 30 watts. As the Red Fang’s popularity grew, we started getting a lot of inquiries from individuals either wishing to use it in higher wattage applications or wanting to know what was similar in tone in a higher wattage version. Red Fang has a unique tone and we knew it would actually handle more power, so we made the decision to increase the power rating to 50 watts.

Eminence made no design changes to the Red Fang during this process. We simply increased what was specified for the power rating. All Red Fangs will handle 50 watts, even if you own the very first “30 watt” Red Fang that was manufactured in 2004.

Cabinet Recommendations

Tech Talk With Big Tony September 29,2010

Eminence is often asked to provide cabinet plans for our woofers. We do not provide drawings with specific cabinet dimensions and details, but we do offer cabinet volume recommendations. The reason for doing it this way is because we do not know what size or shape cabinet you need or want to build. For example, if we specify a rectangular box of “A” width x “B” height x “C” depth, someone may not be able to fit the “B” height where the cabinet needs to be installed. Our approach allows the designer/builder the flexibility to build any shape. We provide multiple recommendations for all of our pro audio and bass woofers: please see the PDF’s on each product’s detail page.

Unfortunately, one magic, do it all enclosure for every speaker does not exist. There are trade-offs involved in cabinet design. You must decide how your speaker and cabinet should perform to meet your needs. The main concerns are mechanical power handling (how much power a particular speaker will handle in a specific cabinet), how low the cabinet needs to play, and how much output you will need.

From the Eminence cabinet designs, the box should be built to the Vtotal specification. This is the internal volume of your cabinet with no speaker in it. If the cabinet will have bracing and you want to be precise, be sure to account for the volume of the bracing and add it to the internal cabinet volume. If the change is no more than 10%, it is probably not very crucial to include, as it should not significantly affect the end result. No need to worry about the volume of the speaker and ports! That difference in volume is represented by Vb and has already been calculated. Remember, you’re building to Vtotal.

If you are looking at a ported or vented design (ported and vented have the same meaning), round vents are specified in most of our recommendations. The number of vents to use is given. The diameter of the vent is represented by Dv. The length of the vent is represented by Lv. Some of our recommendations do actually call for a rectangular vent shape. In this case, Hv represents the height of the vent, Wv represents the width, and Lv represents the length (or depth that extends into the cabinet).

In regards to vent placement, Eminence recommends symmetrical placement around the speaker. Some people may also consider rear porting a cabinet. This is acceptable, but keep in mind that most of the sound around the resonant frequency of the cabinet will be produced by the vent. Thus, a lot of your bass will come from the rear of the cabinet. You need to consider how you will use the cabinet and where it will be placed if you consider rear porting. For example, will a wall block your sound or influence the bass? How do you want the cabinet to project to the audience? You will also see “vent ends = one flush end” in our recommendations. This simply means that every vent should have one flush end with the exterior of the cabinet.

For your knowledge, Fb represents the box tuning frequency. F3 is the –3dB frequency the cabinet can produce. This is considered the lowest audible frequency. It is a point 3dB down from the mid-band piston response. QL basically represents the quality of the box. An ideal QL for a vented enclosure is 7. This assumes the box is well built, free of voids/leaks, and that good materials are used to construct.

Minimal, medium, or heavy are used to describe the amount of acoustic fill to use. This is somewhat of a subjective detail. A good rule of thumb for a sealed enclosure is to use a ½ pound of acoustic material for every cubic foot of internal volume. You can actually stuff the box. A good test to determine if you need more or less is to snap your fingers inside the empty box. If the “snap” rings, you need more fill for a “dead” sounding box (ideal environment for sound reproduction, no reflections). If there is no ringing or reflections heard when you snap your fingers, then you have enough fill. For a vented enclosure, you do want the sound to resonate/ring inside the enclosure. You want to line the walls of the enclosure. We recommend starting with no lining and work your way up one wall at a time to determine what sounds best. If you use too much acoustic material, the bass will sound well defined, but dry. If you use too little, the bass will be loud, but undefined. Do not block the vents. They need a clean air flow to operate correctly.

Located within the header of each recommendation, you will often see “displacement limited” to a specific amount of power. Often, it is well below the power handling published for the speaker. This represents the mechanical power handling of the speaker in that enclosure. Keep in mind that a speaker’s performance will vary from enclosure to enclosure. The bigger the enclosure and the lower the tuning frequency (if ported), the more abusive it is to the speaker. The mechanical power handling is the limit for the speaker and enclosure. Do not confuse this with the speaker’s published power handling.

Another common note located within the headers is to use a high-pass filter set to a specific frequency. This is to prevent over excursion issues. The high-pass filter rolls off the abusive lower frequencies that would harm your speaker. The degree of the roll off is determined by the slope of the filter (steeper slope = greater protection). Ideally, this is done with active controls, like an electronic crossover. A passive filter can certainly be used, but it will be very difficult to find an off-the-shelf product and probably quite expensive to make your own. For bass guitar, the high-pass filter is indeed added protection, but not a necessity. This is more for pro audio applications.