A vote about FiiO Desktop HIFI Active Speaker Concept Design

Which FiiO Desktop HIFI Active Speaker concept design do you like ?

  • A

    Votes: 8 12.9%
  • B

    Votes: 11 17.7%
  • C

    Votes: 21 33.9%
  • D

    Votes: 9 14.5%
  • E

    Votes: 8 12.9%
  • F

    Votes: 32 51.6%

  • Total voters
Mar 31, 2022 at 1:22 AM Post #16 of 27
...probably better to go for a unique market, such as desktop users who want to have a minimal setup (and do some funky casework to meet their requirement), and then just be the best sounding 'unique' speaker.

We at 'head-fi' mostly know that the value in terms of sound quality vs $ outlay, when playing with headphones is huge.
but not everybody understands this, and to convince people to simply not use headphones means we would have to be doing something 'special' regarding the speakers.

I reckon a dual midrange and super tweeter config (thin front wall), with the top facing midrange (or tweeter) having a direct-able cone, and a loaded cabinet with a passive driver on the bottom..
Some clever internals regarding sound dispertion (could be 3D printed?) and some crazy speaker that look minimal from the front, yet benefits from the best of modern math and engineering, and we'd have a 'studio monitor' style design with some 'tailoring' via the top facing redirectable dome & the height from the desk (underside woofer/ports).

For the record, I do not build speakers; my 'advice' is worth about as much as it cost.
There are many great builders on these pages (and many others) who could give some great input; but in terms of the item having a 'mission statement' or clear objective- know the market to whom you wish to sell it to, as that will tailor the design choices (and requirements) the most!

Lets face it - most desks have Logitech speakers on them, and their 'claim to fame' is a patent on a 'crossover less design' (ie CHEAP).

Being better than the next guy isn't so hard when the next guy is 'logitech' and they simply do not care, nor have innovated in yonks.

Henry Kloss designs were licensed by Creative (Labs) and were brilliant little 2.1 speakers, and still sound beaut (with their entire 3.5 watts of power that led to police callouts due to noise complaints twenty years ago)

I'd be proud to have some of those designs for 'more than a minute' on my desk, and would therefore like them to be built to last. If the cost is going into them, might as well make them exceptional. (and even give headphones a reason to be removed from the head...)
Mar 31, 2022 at 11:52 AM Post #21 of 27
When it comes to practicality, I would consider some kind of protection of the speakers for people with cats or birds. Cloth as a cover or open drivers with rubber or foam surrounds are very vulnerable and attractive parts for some of them.
Apr 1, 2022 at 5:03 AM Post #24 of 27
Didn't you say in the other thread that concept F was abandoned because it was deemed too simple? Why have it here at all in that case, especially when it's leading the votes?
Yes! But we would like to learn which style would be preferred by most users via the abandoned design still.

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Apr 1, 2022 at 6:25 PM Post #25 of 27
A and F!
Apr 4, 2022 at 9:24 PM Post #27 of 27
I want a deck top monitor that can fit under my gaming monitor - which would be about 7 inches high. Angled up tweeters. Maybe try a side-by-side tweeter/woofer arrangement?

Edit: A lot of gamers use 21:9 monitors (mine's about 34 inches wide), so desk real estate is limited. Also, a headphone jack (3.5 and 4.4 if we're wishing here :beyersmile:) and some form of tone control (if we're wishing here :beyersmile: ).
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