Hello, I’m Lennart.
I am furniture designer and audiophile and I have long wanted to design speakers that would not only sound great but would look beautiful as well.
I trained as a furniture designer and cabinet maker at the John Makepeace School for craftsmen in wood when I left school and have been making all sorts of things ever since. Over the last 30 years or so I have been quietly gathering knowledge about speaker design and when Covid hit the time came to put the dream into action.
So often I noticed visual design very much taking a secondary role when it comes to speakers. Economics has become more and more important for manufacturers and so we have seen a decline in the average size and weight of speakers. Smaller drivers doubled up to try and get the same air movement as larger drivers but in a smaller box. MDF and even chipboard being used for carcasses.
Clever technologies have partially compensated for this decline but physics remains physics and to my ear nothing sounds better than a correctly sized, well built speaker. Now if we can make that box add a positive visual contribution to our living environment then I think we are really on to a winner.
The fundamentals to good speaker design are great drivers correctly managed and a very solid right sized case (dimensions determined by physics) and once you have this, then they can become art that sounds amazing.
Technology regarding electronic cross-overs and class D amplification is class leading and can now be implemented using digital filters which saves a lot of time and complexity in comparison to analogue filters. This means that my 2 and 3 way speakers will have amplification built in – not a bad way to go as most studio speakers are built this way. If someone wants an analogue crossover I am happy to do so but be prepared for the time delay and extra cost.
I have designed a number of speakers that i hope to develop which should illustrate where I hope to go with my designs – please have a look here and here.
Good design of course should also include the selection of the best materials and I aim to predominantly use drivers from these two companies Seas and Scanspeak. Plywood is top grade Finnish birch ply – the best stuff to use for speakers and all solid wood is meticulously sourced by myself and only of European origin to help save the Earth’s rare resources.