With an overwhelming number of options on the market for home audio, it’s refreshing to see something so original, unique, and just plain awesome. It’s the CBT36 (Constant Beamwidth Transducer).
The CBT36 is a curved speaker array, based on declassified Naval military research. The research describes a perfectly spherical “cap-shaped” transducer which results in completely even sound coverage, independent of frequency. This of course is the goal of any audio system; deliver an identical experience to every physical location within a listening space. You can read the actual research papers and more on how Don Keele, a huge name in the audio industry, applied it to the CBT36, by visiting his site here.
I was instantly inspired and was encouraged by coworkers to make my own version of the CBT36, using more available parts. Luckily, my place of business provided the speakers, MDF, hardware, etc, and the expertise I needed to undertake the project.
This post is a work in progress and will be updated very soon!
You can check out the CBT36 available from Parts Express here for a cool $8,000 or you can purchase the kit and assemble it yourself for around $2,000.