Open baffle is great

Tannoy 15Open Baffle is great and, becoming more popular. And, is always, a good topic for discussion between audiophiles. 

I  have noticed, recently, OB seems to be rearing its head, and people are taking notice. And, so, I decided to build a system for myself, so I could find out.

 And would I like what I heard? I had the time to do this, and knew I could find everything I needed locally. So off I went and returned a few hours later to start my build. 


I started this experiment by taking an adorable old pair of Wharfedale Dovedale 3 speakers that I had for years. The Wharfedale’s are a very nice sounding speaker, with a wide range. And, so we’re well suited for this purpose. Because I was eager to see what all the OB fuss was about and so my interest grew because I think Open baffle is excellent. The first step was to build my OB, and for this, I used a sheet of 25 MM MFD, which I obtained from our local hardware store. Getting the materials were easy to find and fun to buy. And I was so happy to see what I wanted so quickly.  And, I had to assemble all the pieces and was done just by simply screwing the four sections together. I did not use glue as all I was interested in was to hear what it sounded with the drivers in place.


As the first experiment was a success, I decided to take the OB a step further. I had a pair of 15″ Tannoy drivers and I thought it would be an idea to see how they sounded. I did the same thing, went to my local hardware shop and had 25mm MDF cut to suit. And, then went to work and installed the Tannoys. The result turned out to be a more significant success than I ever thought possible. The sound that I heard was magnificent with the same 3D effect as I had heard from the Wharfedale’s. But, this was indeed a new experience for me. I loved what I heard. The sound was so open and a real joy to listen. open baffle is great


The cost of the experiment was very small but the sound was big! And, I suppose I spent two hundred euros and my time. But it was well worth it and you can easily do the same. The only thing is finding the drivers and hopefully are in a good condition.


What is the best to have, and  Open baffle or a closed system? A good question and my me as my mood changes so does my audio needs change. The best way is to have both if you are able to have the space.

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