Cabinets are constructed using brad nail gun. High strength Gorilla wood glue is used to ensure air tightness, extra strength, and to minimise resonance. Internal bracing is applied under tension once the cabinets are completed, without these Ivan says he can hear a slight ringing from the cabinet, and its Ivan’s attention to detail in the pursuit of sound excellence. Hand Crafted in Cheltenham with a dash of Passion.
VENEER AND PAINT
Plain veneer is applied to the top and front, this eliminates any possibility of the lines in the joint showing. If the speaker is finished in veneer the rest is veneered in a vacuum bag press using X polymer D3 veneer adesive ensuring a perfect veneer. For High gloss after final sanding, coats of MDF primer are applied and lightly rubbed back by hand. They are now ready for the paint shop. Sanded and then high build primer is sprayed, folowed by colour, and the 2 coats of high build Clear Wet Look Polyurethane Lacquers to give a mirror finish.
Once the cabinets have been completed we mount the drivers, crossover panel and solder the connections. with silver wire. Plinths are attached and the speakers are ready for final testing running in and the iQ Speaker badge is applied a sign of a proffesionally made IPL Acoustic kit.
IPL Acoustic supplied crossovers are built on the back of the speaker connection panels using bespoke IPL Acoustics and Mkp audiophile capacitors, bespoke IPL Acoustics inductors and large stable audiophile resistors. Each IPL Acoustic crossover value is individually matched to the ribbon tweeters and yes they are large and of superb quality. Driver connection cables supplied by Ivan at IPL Acoustics are a single core cable using 19 strands of 0.29mm SILVER PLATED HIGH PURITY COPPER with a conductor area of 1.4mm and a PTFE dielectric. (I have never used cable like this, it is exceptionally tough to strip, bend, solder and I suspect Ivan has chosen it for sound quality alone. and looks beautiful.