Design meeting at Materion with VUE teams from US, Germany and China
San Diego, CA (April 23, 2012)—Vue Audiotechnik has entered a development partnership with Materion Electrofusion to develop a family of compression drivers based around Materion's Truextent acoustic beryllium.
Materionn is a supplier advanced materials for acoustic applications, including beryllium, which is extremely stiff and lightweight. According to Vue, beryllium “offers a unique combination of properties that dramatically reduce mechanical deformation—breakup—shifting the resonant frequencies inherent in more conventional materials outside the audible range.”
Vue Audiotechnik's application of beryllium will first appear in a family of 4-inch down to 1-inch HF transducers, which the company expects will deliver low HF distortion at high outputs.
"Materion shares our commitment to expanding the boundaries of loudspeaker performance through the application of advanced technologies at all levels," said Ken Berger, CEO of Vue Audiotechnik. "Their Truextent beryllium is the result of significant research and development efforts to move beyond the limitations of more traditional materials. We're extremely excited to deliver this technology and its unique performance advantages to Vue customers."
Vue Audiotechnik's proprietary beryllium-based compression drivers will be part of a range of loudspeakers debuting as early as this Spring. At the same time, Materion and Vue are also exploring future applications of beryllium, including its benefits beyond HF reproduction alone.
"We've been looking for a development partner to bring our technology to the sound reinforcement market worldwide with the right combination of fresh thinking, nimble manufacturing, and a global distribution network," remarked Steve Willenborg, Truextent Product Manager at Materion Electrofusion. "Vue Audiotechnik is the perfect partner to showcase Truextent acoustic beryllium through the development and deployment of a wide range of professional loudspeaker systems that greatly exceed current performance benchmarks."
Learn more about beryllium’s uses for acoustic design at www.vueaudio.com/about/beryllium