(Photo courtesy of David Haigner)

The impressive Alpha Horn, David Haigner's state of the art horn speaker concept. For more info see my report on this site

 


This is a pair of David Haigner's new Beta-Horn speakers, which were demonstrated the first time at the Vienna "Klangbilder 2006" hifi show in the room of The Source Audiosysteme. The Beta-Horns are a two-way concept with an efficiency of 96 dB. They are amazing loudspeakers and mated with a good amplifier and source able to get you dancing and totally enjoying all of your favorite music. Wow, I love these speaker

 

One of David's new Beta-Horn speakers. David took them also to ETF 2006 end of November and there I had the chance to fall in love with their musical qualities. Unfortunately, I can't afford a pair of these top class horn speakers!

For more information, please contact:
d.haigner"at"utanet.at ("at"=@





(Photo courtesy of David Haigner)

This is the PA-horn system David developed as
 a showpiece for ETF 2005 (Just for fun). For
 the bass a 15" Altec 515B was used; mids and
 treble section are driven by a 2" BMS 4590
 coaxial compression driver.The cabinet is made 
out of poplar plywood because the goal was to 
create a lightweight PA loudspeaker.
On the table you can see tube electronics from
 Johannes LeBong, who supported us at ETF 
with his great sounding tube gear.

  





(Photo courtesy of David Haigner)

Inside view of the PA-horn system. You can see the bracings made of plywood, which later on support the bent shape of the bass horn


 



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That's my favourite design for now. David's creation for GŁnter, one of our audio-friends. Wave-guide-supported vintage 15" Altec 515 Hollywood bass driver with bakelite spider in gorgeous wood cabinet (birch plywood and walnut veneer) with TAD 4001 horn loaded mid-/treble-section. The whole system weighs
 approx. 160 kg (about 350 lb). Impressive...

The sound is stunning, too. I've never heard a
 more detailed music reproduction. It doesn't
 matter how complex the music played, this
 system always gets the shades, timing and flow
 of the music right. The only improvement I
 could think of is a bit more bass articulation.
I like to feel the power of a bass and
 would trade in some of the detail for it.
(But that's a matter of personal taste...)

 

 
 

 




 



(Photo courtesy of David Haigner)


Inside David's lab. On the left, a Seas
driven XP-Coaxial mass-loaded transmission 
line, and on the right a bass-reflex / horn combination using a 15" Craaft bass chassis
 and 1,4" RCF precision driver for the mid/
 treble horn.
In the foreground you can see part of 
David's measurement system, which is an important tool for a any serious
LS-designer.

 



(Photo courtesy of David Haigner)

Another nice horn / bass-reflex speaker using an Altec 416 15" bass driver with David's small mid/treble elliptical horn-system. The cabinet
is walnut veneered. This system's performance is amazing.
The bass is the best I've heard so far.
Makes you dance and kicks ass...




(Photo courtesy of David Haigner)

The huge black PMC speakers with custom-
made active crossover from Bryston are
 the top-notch monitor system in a Vienna
 recording studio. Until David's (green) 
monitors were installed, driven by a Musical
 Fidelity A100 amp, everything was fine for
 the PMC's.
You can guess which ls-system runs now all the time...

 
 



(Photo courtesy of David Haigner)

Little Adrian's first experience with an Altec 15" bass driver. He was fascinated and that's good news. The chances that David handed down his passion and knowledge of loudspeakers to his son Adrian are very good,
 I believe...

 

Near field view of David Haigner's
full-range monitor loudspeakers,
efficiency 92 dB,  impedance slightly
 above 8 ohm,  so single-ended tube
amplifiers from 3 watts on can be
 used given the easy to drive impedance curve.
 I own a pair of these great speakers and if
 you don't ask for the last word in bass punch or full-scale rock music sound, a pair of 2A3 SE amps like the Welborne Labs
Moondogs will do an amazing job.

One of David's Little Monitor speakers. The cabinet is made from birch plywood . The driver used is a Fostex FE 103.



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