Bamboo Hi-Fi system

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Hello, I am an Industrial design student, at my final year. I am designing a Hi-Fi system while looking for new and innovative materials for the design.

Currently I am interested in designing with Bamboo and some other materials like Metal, Glass and Plastics.

It would help me a lot having your reflections about the subject.

How would Glass behave as a design element in a speaker ?

How good are the acoustic qualities of Bamboo?

Would you like to have a Bamboo designed Hi-Fi System?

Thank you for your time,

Shmulik.
 
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A bamboo hi-fi system? Sounds great! Glass is often used in very high end speakers because it does not resonate and so in theory improved the sound quality of the speaker...but there are always downsides. Bamboo is probably quite a good material to make a casing of a hi-fi component out of...moreover it would suit speaker cabinets (and perhaps even drivers). However, trying to make the case fully enclosed with bamboo would be a challenge. Remember also that bamboo has quite a low density and thus all equipment would have to be weighed with an additional material or re-inforced to a certain extent. This may defeat the original idea; if you can overcome this I'm sure your design will excel!
 

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[quote user="Muli"]
How would Glass behave as a design element in a speaker ?

How good are the acoustic qualities of Bamboo?

Would you like to have a Bamboo designed Hi-Fi System?

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I hope you are not the same joker that posted a thread about his 'amazing' speakers using B&W drive units and Kef crossovers in a photo montage a while ago. Still dont see your point. Glass speakers exist, bamboo capacitors have been used/designed by Technics in the early 90's so what is your 'bamboo designed Hi-Fi system?
 

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Bamboo has an excellent reputation - flooring .

Speakers - I thought it was april 1 for a minute!

I often wondered why the metal cylindrical tensioned JR149 design wasn't taken on board by other serious speaker designers. The lack of colouration in reproduced music was there to be heard.
 

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Hi Shmulik,

With regards to glass, you would have to make sure that it is thick enough to dampen resonances (I wouldn't suggest lead crystal!). Bamboo may give you a problem with heat dissipation in amplification, as it would insulate rather than conduct, so a solution may have to be found there. I believe that a previous poster mentioned the airtightness issue with speaker enclosures, so there may need to be some sealing internally there to avoid the rear bass frequencies cancelling out the front ones...

However, if a bamboo based system sounded at least as good I think mine does, I would think about it (it would probably have more WAF (wife approval factor) that a collection of black or silver rectangular boxes...
 

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However, if a bamboo based system sounded at least as good I think mine does, I would think about it (it would probably have more WAF (wife approval factor) that a collection of black or silver rectangular boxes...

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Only if she is from the far east, no offence.
 

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The missus is born and bred west country, same as my good self. But she does get bored of rectangular boxes along with a lot of her friends, or so she tells me.

Perhaps I should make a hay/straw amp, scrumpy cables and pig manure speakers? Or is that taking your stereotypes a little too far DM?
 

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Perhaps I should make a hay/straw amp, scrumpy cables and pig manure speakers? Or is that taking your stereotypes a little too far DM?

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No, thats great ...
 
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How would Glass behave as a design element in a speaker ?

I have seen speaker cones made of glass. Never heard them play but. They looked nice and sexy (if that describes it well?)!!
Personally I think they would be good but *very* difficult to implement.

How good are the acoustic qualities of Bamboo?

Excellent I'd say. Bamboo is one of the main materials used for making musical instruments. To reinforce drummerman's stereotypes, yes I am talking about east. But hey, one has to acknowledge their sheer musicality of these instruments.

But the relevance of that wrt your question, I don't think so. What parts would you design with it? Speaker enclosure? bad choice. Not strong enough. Speaker cones? Good choice. But look around, most of the speakers known for their natural sound already have some percentage of wood in their cones.

Would you like to have a Bamboo designed Hi-Fi System?

Why not, if its cheap enough to be used as a show-piece :) and no I don't mean to mock you :)
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[quote user="ranjeetrain"]To reinforce drummerman's stereotypes, yes I am talking about east[/quote]

Ha ha ... love it ... but we have'nt heard from 'Muli' yet. Can't wait
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Did JVC not have a hi-fi a few years ago that had wooden drivers/ cones????.....soaked in saki or something??? I remember seeing some glossy photos in one of their catalogues some time ago.
 
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First of all thank you all for your collaboration, you gave me a lot to think about.

Indeed my aim is to design the "next generation" of musical instruments made of Bamboo in the form of a Hi-Fi system. As I imagine, the system's components may include all or some of the above, amplifier, receiver, cd/dvd, Equalizer and of course, speakers. The research process includes inspection of each component as a different unit or a combination of some of them.

Which component you have? Where ( living room, bed room, kitchen ) ? Which one's you actually use in a daily basis?

I think that Bamboo will eventually replace most uses of wood, as mentioned before, in it's laminated form as floor, decks, kitchen ware and so on. The missing link is the use of bamboo in it's most natural, amazing and unique form in a modern home. The trick is making it look "right" and "sexy" to a western oriented consumer market.

Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab 3500 and 6000 are mostly made of Aluminium and plastics, I can only imagine how those speakers would sound like in a Bamboo enclosure. The industrial method of making tubular wooden objects is costly and wastes a lot of wood in the making, that might be the reason cylinder shaped wooden speakers are hardly seen if at all.

When I think of designing the system I try to imagine how it would look in it's natural surrounding, which objects are around it, what kind of materials, who are the users, how would they accept such a system ? As replied before some think it is a joke... believe me I am serious as a hart attack. but all of these factors are to be considered.

Why do you like the idea? Why not?

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2006/03/panasonic_bamboo_speaker_offers_better_sound.html

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/08/birdelectron_ez.php

About materials, that's a tricky one, which ones go together with bamboo ? I like the concept of using glass and next week I will blow glass in to a bamboo and see the effect it has.

What kind of materials is your HiFi system made of ? and how does it mix with it's surrounding?

drummerman - "Glass speakers exist, bamboo capacitors have been used/designed by
Technics in the early 90's so what is your 'bamboo designed Hi-Fi
system?"

well drummerman, the innovation here is the usage of bamboo as a motif with other materials which unifies the whole system. Glass speakers exists but mostly gust glass. Bamboo Hi Fi system capacitors I haven't seen and I will be more than happy if you could share some interesting links.

Blessing on you all,

Muli.
 
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Why not make a hifi out of baked manure? At least be original man! Those poor fellows working at the Tate Modern probably need some tunes...
 
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All I can say is good luck. If you are planning to create all of the aforementioned components in your final year its going to be a challenge.

You must report back when you finish though, maybe you could be on the cover of What Hifi!

Good luck!
 
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[quote user="Melovehifi"]maybe you could be on the cover of What Hifi![/quote]

Couldn't agree more :)
 

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