This week I visited Blumenhofer Acoustics headquarters based in a Bavarian natural park near Munich. Andrea Vitali, responsible for sales since 2008, was waiting for me already to be my guide during the visit.
In the production hall Andrea introduced me to the founder and mastermind Thomas Blumenhofer working with his new 3D CAD controlled milling machine, which speeds up now the production process of the different speaker enclosures. Very impressive!
Besides big Clara Luna speaker all Blumenhofer Acoustics models are optimized 2-way speakers. The preference of 2-way speakers resulted from the over 30 years of experience in loudspeaker design by Tom Blumenhofer.
First listened to Tempesta 17 and Fun 17 speakers - both floorstanding speakers with 17cm bass driver. Tempesta 17 uses a down-fire vented bass reflex tunnel combined with a 1" horn-loaded compression driver transmitting the higher frequencies. Vice versa Fun 17 uses a classical 19mm silk dome tweeter combined with a horn-loaded 17cm driver. Two good choices for different preferences.
Followed by bigger Blumenhofer Acoustics Genuin FS 2 model with authoritative 30cm old school driver assisted by 1,4" horn-loaded compression driver. If you had already life experience with big and high-sensitivity drivers you know that specific "be here" feeling regarding music reproduction. Only large speakers provide this realism - physics rules. 94dB sensitivity make the speakers an easy load for Blumenhofers custom-made 2A3 mono amplifiers. Anyway most speakers offer an impedance linearization too.
As smaller Fun and Tempestas models too the Genuin FS 2 reproduces music retaining perfect timing again - enabling them to show the impact and tension of my favourite opera music. Their natural timbre and tonality, speed and power made Leonard Cohen's Live in London album a fantastic dejavu of a real life concert.
As highlight of my first visit we listened to Wiki - statement model of Goia flagship speaker series. If you have the place to stand them you get an ultimate 2-way horn speaker. The Bass is front- and back-loaded and enables fantastic 103 dB sensitvity. Wiki is delivered and installed worldwide by Blumenhofer - providing perfect customer service to ensure drivers are 100% aligned to your personal listening distance. After warming up you recognize immediately the extraordinary status of Wiki.
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