Located in the Hudson Valley of New York, dedicated to high-quality handmade speakers. For over 25 years designing and building speakers for music lovers. Clearly one does not have to be a chemist to be a chef—a nimble mind, curiosity, a passion for music with unrelenting patience would be the tools used here.
It all began by hearing an inexpensive speaker: an unpretentious Boston Acoustics A60 monitor. The sound was unlike any I had ever heard before—captivating, capturing the energy, without much detail, it moved me. Enough to end up here: Taylor Speakers.
Mastering the technology used to model and measure sound was the first step, finding examples of exceptional speakers to use as references. Learning crossover design, coil winding, alignments, the process of selection in all the parts that are the links in the chain that produce a sound close to live. The elements of a well-designed and executed enclosure include veneering, bracing, porting, and of course the aesthetics. The coils used are handmade, low tension, epoxy filled, measured precisely to exacting inductance.
Experimental enclosures were made, with cement, solid wood, plastic, acoustic lining—hundreds of enclosures—each one an expedition into sound. Then there is the craft, the “handmade”. Often speakers are referred to as musical instruments; after many years, I agree.
Many years of working with noted designers and engineers has been an important part of acquiring the skills to make this all work. If one gains any insights into an endeavor, an important one for me is that price does not always produce a noticeable return in performance. A speaker that costs as much as a German car may sound no better then any number of well-known inexpensive speakers.