- Written by Jason Victor Serinus
- Published on 28 April 2008
What have we here?
As you can see from the photos, The Nine is one handsome loudspeaker. It is built around four drivers, a 1" fabric dome tweeter that features a "Hi-Dynamic Range voice coil/magnet system;" twin 6" polypropylene, double magnet midrange/midbass drivers with 3" voice coils; and an 8" woofer with large, 4" voice coil in a dual-ported enclosure. The enclosures walls vary in thickness from 1.53" to 1.79". Crimped, not-setting Dacron and felt are used as internal damping. Each speaker weighs 120 lb., which makes it far easier to position and shift than many behemoths on the market.
The speaker cabinet and crossovers are assembled entirely in Memphis; none of what EGGS.WORKS puts into the cabinet is made in China. The Morel midrange and bass drivers are from Israel; the tweeter from Denmark. Morel's MW166SE midrange units now incorporate modifications that originated with EGG.WORKS, and have since become standard. The tweeter is a Dynaudio Esotar. The woofer, the first 8" driver to be used in an EGGS.WORKS design, is a Morel MW265. Almost all the caps are Hovland, and the internal wire is from Transparent. That translates into high quality components.
Because the literature that accompanies EGGS.WORKS' The Nine supplies a limited amount of information, I asked Jim to supply some details on the speaker's origin and design. Here is what he has to say:
The Rosa has been in our line for a long time, and costs $9999. The Andra II costs $19K. We eventually realized that we had a huge price gap between them, and decided to design a speaker that would fall in between.
First, we spoke to a lot of customers and studios in order to figure out what they liked and wanted. We also spoke with our dealers, who told us that the $13,000 price range was very attractive to them. After that, we decided to essentially build a version of the Rosa that would have greater bass response. We also wanted to increase efficiency in order to satisfy tube owners who found the Rosa difficult to drive.
In all our speaker designs, we lean more towards "simple" than anything else. We believe that the simplest path is always the cleanest and purest.
Our crossover is thus a very simple, first order design. We actually took our cue from the design of the original Andra, and decided not to put a crossover on the midrange. The two 6" midrange drivers thus run full range – they go up to 2500 Hz, after which there's a gradual roll-off to 3K
At the other extreme, the midrange drivers start rolling off around 100 Hz, and probably end around 75 Hz. There is some overlapping with the woofer in the bass range, but it's very slight. The 8" woofer, which also has a first-order crossover, has a cut-off point right at 300. We talked about whether or not we wanted overlap, and decided to leave it as it is in the Andra and the Rosa.
What distinguishes our speakers is an airiness. That's audiophile speak, I guess. But when we listen to other speakers at shows, the comparison we like to make is that our products sound more open and a little truer than other speakers. Our design philosophy has always been to try to keep the music true, and make speakers that are fun to listen to without being fatiguing. With every speaker we design, we try to achieve that open, airy feeling that leaves people feeling that they're listening to music rather than listening to a speaker.