BAM mechanism produces bass sounds and stereo spatial interpretations
With balanced armature driver units, iron is driven to produce sound, and as such, these drivers face a number of problems, amongst which are “proving tiring to listen to”, “having sound that is subtle and beautiful, but lacking in depth and being flat” and “lacking bass interval”. At final, we decided to focus on developing technology for the reproduction of bass tones and three-dimensional space with the full-range reproduction of a theoretically unproblematic single driver unit, rather than taking things in a multiway direction. We went back to the beginning and reviewed the performance of the balanced armature driver, focusing our attention on something we had previously overlooked ? airflow inside the housing. We developed BAM (Balancing Air Movement), a mechanism that optimizes airflow inside the housing through the creation of an aperture in the driver unit, which is usually sealed.
While achieving bass tones and deep, three-dimensional spatial representation, which proved difficult with single driver full-range reproduction, we achieved a BA type that at the same time made for natural listening the user doesn’t tire of.
Balanced armature driver developed by our company
Newly developed 50 mm φ dynamic driver
making for a high magnetic flux density. The result is clear sound quality.We’ve re-examined the shape of the tangential edge and have employed a lightweight diaphragm with a heightened responsiveness to micro-signals.The voice coil is copper-clad aluminum wire CCAW. Clear, crisp bass tones are achieved with the combination of a magnetic circuit with a high driving force and a light vibration system.So as not to inhibit the sound emanating from the driver unit, and so that there is no unnecessary added reverberation, a form that is as slim yet as strong as possible has been pursued. This contributes to clear sound quality.
Machined stainless steel housing
Ear pads with the optimum resilience for a comfortable fit
What plays an important part in sound quality is the fit between the user’s ear and the ear pad. If there is space between the two, then bass tones are lost; if the ear pad presses against the user’s ear with too much pressure, then apart from it being uncomfortable, the acoustic pressure of the bass tones rise too high, resulting in negative influences on sound quality. In spite of this, there was no evolution seen in the ear pads on the market, and they continued to be made using the same structure for many years.
We got engineers who had been involved in the development of corsets to participate in developing our ear pads, and re-examined the fit between the user’s ear and the ear pad. By employing the appropriate technology – pursuing synthetic leather with the best elasticity and the best sponge cutting and adopting ultrasound fusion for the adhesion of the synthetic leather to the inner frame – we constructed an unwrinkled, three-dimensional form with just the right amount of tension to it.
Aluminum back plate
A 1.5mm thick aluminum back plate at the back of the driver unit for achieving air pressure balance. Not only air pressure balance but also great results in the suppression of unnecessary vibrations are manifested.
Rigid ABS housing with textured finish
To achieve a high level of accuracy with the extremely hard, texture casting finished ABS housing, which is also used with high grade camera lenses, simulations were carried out until the appropriate level of fluidity with respect to the molding materials was achieved. Realizing high circularity led to the realization of a highly accurate fit with the machined stainless housing. To put the concept of reducing unnecessary vibrations through the combination of different materials with different resonance points into practice, ingenuity has also been exercised in those sections that are not readily visible.
Detachable cable with locking function
Product code – FI-SO6BD3
Housing – Stainless steel / ABS
Driver – 50mmΦ dynamic + balanced armature
Sensitivity – 105dB
Impedance – 8Ω
Weight – 480g
Cord length – 1.5ｍ