Well obviously cannot see the picture, but was impressed with the old
Toshibas, though they were not self powered, standard 8 ohm units. Quite
heavy, either mounted on ceiling posts or floor standing monopoles a bit
like stand fans.
As I say, they did need bass enhancement to really sound rich.
I was a little worried about their longevity though as the cones and
suspension looked like some kind of plastic foam.
They were described as long throw, which for some reason I though amusing
considering the fact that it needed two people to move one.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
The Sofa of Brian Gaff...
Blind user, so no pictures please!
"Phil Allison" wrote in message
Brian Gaff wrote:
Many years ago Toshiba had some globe speakers that sounded quite good.
Basically they had multiple drive units moundted in a shape a bit like a
dodecahedron and covered over with a global mesh. The main construction
di cast aluminium. You needed a bass bin as I recall, but they sounded
good. I wondered if anyone had continued with this type of idea since it
kind of turned the traditional directional stereo speaker idea upside down
so to speak.
** This pic shows the forerunner to the Bose 901 - the Bose 2201.
The enclosure was shaped like one eighth of a sphere, with 22 x 5 inch
drivers mounted on what looks like a curved aluminium baffle. Max height is
25 inches, making the internal volume about 3 cu.ft or 80 litres, plus each
2201 was self powered (50W amplifier) and equalised.
Owners could place one box in each corner of a room, next to the floor or
ceiling. Other arrangements were possible too, if cost were no object.
FYI: 22 x 5 inch drivers have a cone area equal to 2 x 15 inch woofers.
Not surprisingly, the 2201 was a poor seller and Dr Bose was persuaded by
sales folk to build the 901 instead, as a far cheaper, user friendly