Sonic and musical performance as a whole is our top priority when
evaluating a system, and the Horning Eufrodite MK3 speakers deliver
with aplomb. We agree with one review, to quote - "you hear the sound, but
you also feel it all around you. It doesn't stay put in front by the
speakers, but kind of envelopes the listener."
Most visitors who have listened at length to the Horning Eufrodite MK3
loudspeakers have a common question - what makes them deliver excellent bass
quality - texture, definition, resolution ?
Of course, bass is not everything, but the Horning's bass quality indeed can
catch one's attention, especially since these Horning speakers are of
the high sensitivity horn design family.
One visitor thought we were driving them with hundreds of watts, but we were
actually only using a parallel single-ended 20-watt tube amplifier.
We are very particular about bass quality, and we would rather have a system
with high quality bass than high quantity, average quality. A lot of music
are enhanced with the presence of bass or percussion instruments, driving
along the rhythm - jazz, vocals, country, rock, classical, etc. - it's just
We are certainly pleased with the Horning loudspeakers' bass performance in
both quality and quantity, never lumbering behind the other parts of the
sonic spectrum, which includes output from the very fast heavily modified
Lowther midrange drivers.
We noted that Tommy Horning, designer of the Horning Hybrid
range of products, shared our sentiments. To quote him - "Our starting point
was the outstanding dynamics and excellent bass impulse response of the
horn, an ideal basis for mid and high fundamentals."
Besides the patented quarterwave loading system, what also contributes to
the excellent bass is the proper implementation of several
short-throw bass drivers in parallel on a Horning loudspeaker.
This results in minimal bass driver movement which means much lower
distortion. The cabinet is also undamped, and is an acoustic
transformer by itself, and with the minimal reflections, one can position
the speakers much closer to the wall.
The 5" Lowther driver (normally full-range, but transformed into a
midrange driver in Horning speakers) really needs no introduction, and
it has been heavily modified by Tommy Horning to enhance its performance.
For many who are used to more mainstream drivers, of whatever material -
ceramic, rubber, diamond, etc. -, it may take some getting used too.
A good Lowther driver is like a wide open window, no artificial
sweeteners - its main characteristics are "speed, high sensitivity, detailed
reproduction, dynamics, and transparency (even at low levels), immediacy.
It can give you the feeling that the musicians are more present ...
The tweeter is Tommy's own design, an uncommonly used cone tweeter.
The best thing that we like about the Horning speakers are the way
they inject new life into records (audiophile or non-audiophile mastering)
previously thought of as sounding "flat". The Hornings guarantee
rediscovery of one's album collection.
We can go on describing the sound or the design, but we would rather have
you drop by and listen ... and they are still getting better each day.
For more insight into the design
details of a Horning loudspeaker, Marshall
Nack of Positive Review described it very well in
his review of the Horning Agathon Ultimate
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