Helpful links - just
click on the one that interests
For Most Altec Speakers
Discussion Board - Where
Altec Fans Share Helpful
Speaker Grille Company - These
fellows manufacture foam grilles for
loudspeakers. Great source for
replacement foam for grilles on the
Altec Valencia, Models 7, 9, 15, etc.
Guide To Loudspeaker
subtitled, The Adventures of Captain Rock
and his Sidekick "Roadie", this is a fun
piece written by our friend Barry
McKinnon, who worked for an Altec
Lansing Engineering Sound Contractor
in Canada in the late 1970's.
Specifications - This
material was originally presented as
part of a four-hour class taught by
Barry McKinnon during the technical
training courses at the 1998 NSCA
(National Systems Contractor's
Association) trade show in Las Vegas
on 4/27/98. It is an excellent help
for those who are unable to filter
through the mess that most of the
speaker manufacturers generate as
specification sheets for their
products (except for Altec Lansing).
for Intelligibility - So many today
are going to the "one-box-does-all"
(array) type of system design, to the
detriment of proper coverage and
intelligibility. In this article,
Barry McKinnon shows the fallacy of
this method, how it adversely affects
directivity, and how to design
professional sound systems the RIGHT
Modelling Of Rooms - Barry McKinnon on
the modern-day design techniques so
often used, often abused, and rarely
As A Design Issue - To most people, directivity in
sound system design is not an issue.
Their only concern is "How loud will
it play?" or "How many watts is it?"
Never before has the old saying from
vaudeville been more true: "If you can't
be good - be LOUD!" In this article,
Barry McKinnon exposes the mistakes of
the modern system designer who ignores
directivity and goes for sheer volume
in decibels only.
Sound Systems - Barry McKinnon on
church acoustics and system design.
Vintage Loudspeakers Website - German
distributor for Great Plains Audio
Website - Great site for
fans of JBL products.