I bumped this here so that it can be viewed by speaker builders not visiting all the other sections of our forum.
We have been receiving e-mails asking about the EnABL tweak and our drivers. We have not had the pleasure of hearing this tweak and have no official stance on it's potential merit or value.
I have however set into motion a possible solution to this and with luck we may soon have an EnABled Silver Iris in house.
Planet 10 Dave has written and asked to get a driver to work with.
If we can work this out we will send a well run in driver up to him and have him tweak it. He will then return this tweaked driver down here to us for an unbiased assessment of it performance.
We would sincerely and thoroughly evaluate this as a potential upgrade path for our drivers and report our unbiased findings. We feel that we are the most intimately familiar listeners of these drivers having spent as much R&D time as we have with them. Between HGDave and ourselves, we have collectively enjoyed years of listening, tweaking and evaluating these drivers. We therefore feel that if any significant performance gains are to be realized through this tweak, we would be the most qualified and trusted to make that determination.
There are countless little nuances inherent in these drivers that we feel are critical and it would be essential for these to remain perfectly intact after the tweak.
After Diana and I spend some time with it, we would also like to have a couple other trusted ears give it a go and collectively we will report our discoveries. Beta test?..... Road Iris? Anybody want to hear an EnABled Iris?
If this proves to be a worthwhile procedure you all will be the first to hear about it. We would then work with Planet 10 Dave to have these done prior to shipping them out to you should you decide to commission this work done by him.
So as not to put the cart before the horse we would need to get a sample of the paint to my guys at Eminence to insure that it does not contain anything that could adversely effect the longevity of the cone or surround material. Don't want to do something that we may regret down the road ... never a good idea.
We could then fully endorse this tweak and offer some type of product assurance/product warranty to our customers. As it stands now, our official position would have to be that this is a unauthorized, unproven and warranty voiding non reversible tweak.
Tweaks such as what is being proposed are often met with much skepticism and proponents of these tweaks are sometimes heralded as wishful thinkers or even worse, snake oil salesmen.
We of course have been in this game long enough to know better and we realize that there does exist many sound enhancing techniques that upon first glance seem to have no foundation in science or physics. Diana and I like to approach this with a very open mind but must maintain one foot firmly planted in the business aspect of selling these audio products. Customer confidence is a very fragile thing.
In this game the only thing that truly matters is what our customers say about our work.
We have over the years developed a high degree of customer confidence and trust in our performance assessments and to fully authorize and endorse; this procedure, we would have to feel very confident in it when viewed from our point of reference and also from the end users perspective.
This could prove to be a very welcome and exciting new discovery.