Acoustic ART System
The inspiration for the Acoustic ART system came to our lead designer Ted Denney
four years ago while sailing the South Pacific. During his sabbatical, Ted visited
Buddhist Temples and observed how Tibetan Prayer bowls altered temple acoustics.
These singing bowls affected a sudden shift in acoustics whenever they were activated,
and when additional bowls of varying tone were also activated, the acoustics continued
to change. Ted reasoned that a system of resonating bowls could be developed to
discreetly treat room acoustics without the need for large unsightly tuning devices.
However, it wasn’t until after Ted returned to the mainland and developed his Tesla
Series cables that he revisited the idea of treating room acoustics with resonating
bowls. We began our research by studying Helmholtz resonators, which have been used
for over a century to tune low frequencies in an acoustic environment. We worked
to modify Helmholtz resonator principles to incorporate the full spectrum of sound
- not just low frequencies. We found we could tune music with a system of resonators
working together in harmony at key acoustic pressure points. Further research led
to several patents-pending. The first deals with the use of magnets to contour activation
and decay properties of the Vibratron and Magnetron Satellite resonators. The second
includes a new resonator shape called the Vibratron that radiates in a 360 degree
pattern over a scientifically-arrived-at frequency range. The third utilizes a unique
dispersion baffle to precisely control how the Bass Station resonator affects a
rooms’ low frequency acoustics. Later we discovered that using spikes to mechanically
couple the Bass Station to a room further enhances control of low frequencies (the
Bass Station's Stilettos). Next began a painstaking process to find resonator material
with the correct mass that would operate at mathematically-arrived-at frequencies
with target decay patterns. The acumination of these scientific principals sets
the Acoustic ART (Analogue Room Treatment) System apart from all other room tuning
The Vibratron is placed on the front wall behind your main speakers approximately
six to eight inches above the height of the tweeters. If a painting, video screen
or other object prevents you from using this location, mount the Vibratron below
the obstruction but as close to the ideal location as possible. You can then place
a Gravatron Satellite above the obstruction to approximate the ideal Vibratron placement.
This will raise vertical image placement to natural levels and smooth out high frequencies
in your system.
If necessary the Vibratron can also be placed atop a system rack or any piece of
furniture located between your main speakers.
Specially developed mid-range tuning magnets are included with the Vibratron and
are used to integrate the Vibratron with your room. Try experimenting by placing
all of the magnets atop the Vibratron. You should hear a noticeable increase in
mid-range liquidity and warmth. Now remove them completely and listen for a lift
in high frequency extension. Finally, experiment with different combinations of
large gold magnets and the smaller silver magnets until the desired combination
The Bass Station should be placed directly below the Vibratron approximately three
to six inches out from the front wall with the dispersion baffle facing your listening
position while obstructing the view of its resonator satellite. The Bass Station
may also be placed on the floor behind a rack or piece of furniture just below the
Vibratron. This will not hinder the Bass Station's performance. If necessary the
Bass Station can be positioned in front of the equipment rack or furniture directly
below the Vibratron and in between your main speakers for a significant improvement
in low frequency performance.
Razor sharp patent pending Stilettos are included with the Bass Station to couple
the characteristics of its bass resonator to your room. Simply screw the Stilettos
into the Bass Station for noticeably tighter low frequencies and precise image placement.
If you have carpeted floors, be certain you press down hard on the Bass Station
so its razor sharp Stilettos make solid contact with the floor.
The Magnetron Satellite's base uses patent pending magnetic coupling to secure its
resonator to the satellite base. The magnetic coupling strategically dampens the
resonator to control its decay and frequency response for better integration with
the Acoustic ART System.
Magnetron Satellites are used to control first order reflection points along a side-wall
for improved image focus, a wider soundstage, and smoother high frequencies. When
setting up Magnetron Satellites have a friend move a mirror along the side-wall
between your listening position and the speakers. While sitting in your listening
chair, look for the reflection of your speaker’s tweeter in the mirror. This is
your first order reflection point and it is the starting point for affixing the
Magnetron Satellite to your listening rooms side-wall. Listen to your system with
both Satellite's at the first order reflection point several inches higher than
your Vibratron and above the tweeter level of your main speakers. Next move the
Satellites two inches toward your listening position, away from your speakers. If
this is a movement in the correct direction, you should hear sweeter highs and a
wider sound field. If you lose image focus try moving them three inches in front
of the first order reflection point toward your main speakers. Again listen for
image focus and high frequency response. If you cannot place the Magnetron exactly
in its first order reflection point, experiment with your options and listen for
image focus behind your speakers and for positive changes in high frequencies response.
Since all rooms do not have walls that lend themselves to such an install, if necessary,
you may forgo the installation of the Magnetron Satellites and still enjoy benefits
of the Acoustic ART System.
The Gravitron Satellite's resonator sits atop a brass ring that allows for full
activation and extended decay of its resonator satellite. This is key to its intended
application of equalizing back pressure in a listening room for amazing wrap around
acoustic environments and is perfect for balancing out less than ideal Vibratron
placement. Properly installed, the Gravitron Satellite dramatically smooth’s all
audible frequencies and improves overall soundstaging.
The primary role of the Gravitron Satellite is to balance out pressure along the
rear wall of a listening room. With all other Acoustic ART resonators in place,
experiment with rear wall placement directly behind your listening position approximately
2/3 to 3/4 of the way up the rear wall. Listen for desired high frequency response
The secondary role of the Gravitron Satellite is to balance less than ideal Vibratron
placement. When forced to place a Vibratron below its ideal location, place a Gravitron
vertically above the Vibratron higher than ideal Vibratron placement to approximate
ideal placement of the Vibratron.
Lastly the Gravitron Satellite can be used in place of a Vibratron should a more
cost effective solution be needed. In this case follow the Vibratron placement guide.