Big Funky was a collaboration design first ideated with a fellow audio enthusiast. We were both pretty excited about horn speakers and wanted to design something big, loud and audacious. In the world of audio sensitivity goes hand in hand with size, nearing 100 dB/W for this bad boy.
The concept was built around an 80 cm diameter horn which boosts midrange region and makes the directivity coherent with the highly beaming treble region. Frequencies above 150 Hz are played by Fostex full-range driver. It can be used in dipole or sealed box configuration depending on sonic preference of the user.
The lower extension is achieved with a dipole bass stack powered by two Peerless XXLS 12" subwoofers. Bass section is housed in H-frame dipole which lowers the baffle cut-off frequency compared to regular straight baffle designs. This was necessary as the speaker was intended as a true full-range design.
Humongous loudspeaker was a good venue for playing around with post-modernist style which I don't normally do so much. Satellite dish sized horn simply doesn't vanish into the home decor no matter what. Therefore the design had couldn't be "ashamed of itself". I borrowed the curvature of the horn and repeated it in the frame of the loudspeaker. This gives it bold character and creates continuity which binds different elements together. Yellow color permanently burns onto the retinas of the beholder. Frame is covered on both sides with a bent-frame fabric grille to hide the non-eyecandy parts.
This kind of loudspeaker takes a special taste and personality to be appreciated. And bit of sense of humor. Hence the coaster wheels which crown the whole spectacle of funkiness.