Karaoke sounds better after a couple of rounds so why can’t speakers sound better after being soaked in Sake (Japanese rice wine)? JVC claims that wood is an ideal speaker material due to the acoustical properties which create rich, warm and natural sounds. Apparently, the 20 year old problem was how to mold solid wood into a speaker cone without splitting the wood.
The answer was indeed a surprising solution. By soaking a birch wood sheet in Sake, the sheet becomes pliable and soft enough to be pressed into speaker cones without splitting.
JVC’s recently released EX-A10 includes a pair of two-way wood cones speakers that were created using this technic. The Geeks are interested in testing the acoustical properties of the wood cones for sure, but we can’t help but wonder how such a solution was discovered. Any ideas?