One of my clients gifted me a pair of Sonab branded column speakers that I just had a chance to listen to, explore and measure for our own indulgence!
Unfortunately one of the drivers is pretty damaged - I originally thought it would be just cosmetic, but no - and the one speaker in good condition didn't match the expectation from the brand.
I trawled the web in search of a similar product, and it might well be an Australian design, made in the Far-East (which is not that far from Australia after all...) but I can't be sure, so I will not name the potential culprit!
First listening impressions on the "Good Book" by Louis Armstrong are that Louis has lost 20kgs and can't get his voice to come from his belly and the trumpet and drums sound like if we had a bad metal dome tweeter with too much level. So that was the end of my listening session on these speakers, as I quickly reconnected the Microphases and all was back in normal heaven.
But being curious by nature and nerdy by trade, I could not resist taking the stockings off the cabinets and reveal the inside story. Here are some pics that will tell you more than a long discourse:
Well, don't assume anything just yet and let's enter the beast's cavern...
I have bought a new woofer and will endeavour to change it and fine tune the filter soon. I will keep you posted!