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Real wood veneer Audience 42

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by kklee, Aug 11, 2003.

  1. kklee

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    Hi guys,

    i've got a question about the audience 42.


    is there any difference between the real wood veneer and the vinyl version (apart from the finish)?

    as far as i observed from a local dealer shop, the front buffle of the real wood veneer version appeared to be a little bit thinker and the drivers looked different in color.

    just want to know if there's any difference in performance between these two versions.

    Thanks

    kklee
     
  2. Nobber22

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    Can't answer for the 42's, but WHF magazine says the real-wood version of the slightly bigger 52's DOES sound a bit better all-round. Apparently the real-wood cabinet is a bit stiffer, so improving the sound. Whether you accept WHF's opinion as useful is up to you. :)
     
  3. kklee

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    Thanks for your reply. Nobber.

    However, i am not convinced with WHF's explanation for better sound quality.

    Consider that the finish (no matter real wood veneer or vinyl) is of a thickness about 0.1 mm comparing to 10+ mm of MDF.
    I think the improvement to the build is insignificant.

    Perhaps, a thicker front baffle may be responsible for the difference.


    regards,

    KK lee
     
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    I disagree. ;) Build and quality of construction material can make a big difference to the sound. A stronger cabinet resists internal vibration better too. I'm not disagreeing about a diff. baffle having no effect either. All-in-all it appears to be a subtle, but (according to WHF) effective update of a fantastic (IMO) speaker range. Looks much nicer than the vinyl finish too. :)
     

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