How a $300,000 Speaker is Made

How a $300,000 Speaker is Made


My name is Jonathan Weiss, I am the founder and CEO of Oswalds Mill Audio As known as OMA and we’re in our Dumbo, Brooklyn showroom surrounded by all of our products We’re really an outlier in the high end audio world we make everything from the signal source in terms of analog, that’s record players which we make out of solid slate We make our own line of tube amplifiers and we’re the only company in the world that makes conical horn loaded loud speakers for high end home use We make everything so that we have total control over the sound One of the first phases to our products is quarrying the slate and this is very special slate because it’s actually very soft which from an acoustic standpoint is really desirable it dissipates vibrations and resonances extremely well much better than harder slate so when they are quarrying the slate then they’ll literally use hand tools to cleave off sheets which break off and then are placed on a truck of taken with a gondola into the main fabrication part of the quarry where a huge diamond saw with water is used to cut these cleaved off irregular pieces of slate the last stage is honing and putting a very fine edge Bevel so that it doesn’t chip we use cast metal in a lot of different products All foundries, they have a furnace. The metal is put in solid form into this vat and it becomes molten like just out of the movie terminator then it’s poured into this sand mold It goes in, hardens, the sand is busted away and you have a rough casting which then goes to the various finishing processes The it has to be welded edge treatment after that, thats acomplished then it goes to be powder coated where it literally is baked and cured like into this super hard durable finish much better than paint All of our loud speakers have steel stands or infrastructure and all of those elements are powder coated Yeah the mill is essentially our laboratory it’s our reference listening space it’s where we can put elements, new and old, together listen to them, evaluate them and decide what direction we want to take with new products and new technologies There are things that were never surpassed in terms of sound quality the industry has moved in ways that are not about the ultimate sound quality but about size, convenience, and cost and none of this stuff is convenient, small, or cheap but it does represent the best sound that’s really ever been made All of our loud speakers are made out of Pennsylvania hard woods and these are all woods which, Martin guitar, which is the world’s best acoustic guitar company, they’re right across the valley, they use the same woods that we do so I know that they’re tonally great woods at that point it comes into our wood working shop where it’s cut down further into boards of varying thickness and width which will be joined together to create loud speaker enclosures amplifier enclosures, horns, all using meticulous hand done joinery that allows the wood to expand and contract in your home It’s like a living thing this is a very difficult, time consuming, expensive process we’re the only company in the world that does this nobody else makes loud speakers using solid wood joinery construction not today…. not that I know ever At a certain point the parts come from the wood shop, metal working shop, powder coat they come to our central facility, where we do the final assembly most of our equipment is very big, and it’s very big because it has to be sound waves can’t be miniaturized it’s physics It’s very old school, it’s not mass production and the components that we use, are simply the highest grade possible aerospace level stuff The last phase is really our installation of the equipment in our client’s homes of wherever they are going if you have an amazing system, and you put Elvis on, it’s frightening It’s like, he’s right there what the system is doing is, it’s taking the energy that came out of elvis Literally sound waves are energy so it’s taking that energy and it’s reproducing it so perfectly that you have this uncanny feeling that somebody’s there that’s been dead a long time that’s what amazing sound quality is

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  1. bla bla bla snake oil bla bla bla snake oil ad infinitum. Any fool falling for this deserves to get robbed of $300,000.00. Sitting in his chair with that effete snob nose in the air smirk.

  2. I would not even care to hear one Cus it’s not even loud. And just dumb that’s to expensive and just stupid for today’s days

  3. So I assume your employees are paid well?? Since one speaker is 30,000 right?? Probably not. This is just a trend. The sooner it's gone the less people will be ripped a new one.

  4. High-end out-liar.

    Total control over the sound? You'd have to separate the listening environment entirely to remove all traces of external ambient noise, and the room would probably have to be maintained at a constant temperature to avoid variations in air density.

    Maxwell's demon would be most impressed.

    An old church with organ might be a better investment.

  5. , all I can say is wow and I am so glad to see & hear of this still in America.
    although I will never be able to afford this type of equipment.

  6. I think it was Sam Shepard who once said to Bob Dylan (or vice versa): "The best sound I ever heard was the sound of wind beating on a tarp on the back of a pickup going about 40 mph.

  7. 4:39
    Okay so you added powder coating, solid wood with quality material. You're still $298,000 short of the price tag.
    Does this guy even believe himself? lOl

  8. Oh, The $300K includes the turntable, amps, BUILDING and red chair. Fat guy is optional. I'll take 2 and a diet coke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Backward tech. Catering to an extreme minority of the rich and stupid. If I urinate outside will I appreciate nature more?

  10. typical mediocre quality made in usa, america is the land of overpriced ,giant products, with low quality, and this is another proof , ever seen a Cadillac? 🙂

  11. By aerospace technology I think he is talking about Apollo aerospace technology because everything I saw was out dated AF and is just old tech Jamed into “hand crafted” fancy useless boxes with an absurd price tag

  12. At 300 grand, I expect nude fashion models to come out of the speakers during the song, service me, then be back in the speaker by the end of the song.

  13. Well, if a metal tube with powder, a computer, ir camera and some other stuff called a "sidewinder" goes for nothing less than 500k and its usable only once with a high rate of failure why cant this go for 300k?. At least this can be used as many other things like somewhere your beloved parrot can rest.

  14. my yamaha ,mcintosh & altec system can make elvis sound 'right there' also for ALOT LOT LESS !!!! BUT my rack ISNT POWDER COATED !!!

  15. "acoustic slate" dissipates vibrations and resonances much better than harder slate. Which has nothing to do with speakers as the slate is used for a turntable. LoL! This is a great example of how to sell to dumb wealthy people. Democrats. LMAO !!!

  16. Is it only me or can i use 300k . And make my own speaker that looks better sounds better has greater efficiency and isnt supremely juiced out to make it seem expensive?

  17. This guy sounds like DT. Arrogant and full of himself.
    "I know speakers. Nobody knows speakers like I know speakers. I know speakers bigley. Yuge speakers.I pioneered the invention of sound."

  18. I would reinvent the wheel too if there were buyers looking for expensive square wheels. My next generation of wheels may be round ones for that old school look.

  19. Hahahahaha wow thats the most ugliest speakers I have ever saw…and crap sounding …300 thousand for this…?? Blahhhhh…I can imagine what kind customers buy them ..

  20. More BS from Bloomburg….Ohm walsh in brooklyn make fantastic omni directional speakers for under 10 grand…but rich egos need 'special'

  21. The speakers look cool but no speaker in the fucking world is worth $300, 000 that is fucking retarded for anyone to spend that much money on one speaker

  22. $300K for a set of speakers? GTFOH with that overpriced BS. For $300K I can buy a very nice house in TX and 2 very nice cars, paid in full and still have about $70K left over.

  23. Guess what happens when music have too much qality? You cant listen it,its like to talk to someone…its not music no more..

  24. What makes high end speakers high-end?. Who determined what sound is best for each and every specific listener?, because everyone hears differently. Nobody hears the same as a second individual on Planet Earth. It's part of our uniqueness. Who determined that a record player is the best source of music?. Audiophiles have absolutely destroyed the speaker industry by giving their personal bold claims that high end speakers are the " Best way to hear proper sound stages ". This is all mumbo jumbo bullshit. Everytime I hear someone say " this speaker sounds like I'm at the front row of a concert". Well, the speakers that were used at the concert determined the original soundstage you heared and them speakers rarely are " High-end". There basic JBL or Yamaha speakers. That's it. There not $500, $5,000, $50,000, or $500,000. There basic $200-$400 dual 12"-21" subwoofers/ loudspeakers. I believe that a pair of bookshelf speakers shouldn't be more than $75. The most expensive in the world shouldn't be more than $75 a pair. Why?. It's only so high because of one word. " GREED"!. The components inside of a $800 bookshelf speaker set is less than $60 in total costs. There's only 1 reason to raise the price as high as a company wants. They can't take enough of our money and dignity.

  25. Slate is extremely cheap. Extremely cheap. Individuals fully understand what " powder coating" is. It's the same worldwide. When an individual says something produces the best sound " they've" ever heard. There probly telling the truth BUT everyone hears sound differently. So how can an individual get the same sound as another individual?. They can't. It's impossible.

  26. And their heads are soooo far up their arses….hahahahaha. I'm amazed at the fools that swallow their horseshit….

  27. Does it sound better than a 5000 dollar speaker? Probably not but there are filthy rich people that THINK they do, and if you tell them they do, they will buy them! SNAKE OIL

  28. Too expensive. My father has 150.000usd system (Accuphase + huge Canton Hi-End prototype loudspeakers bought directly from the company in 98´) and it sounds amazing and i bet Accuphase components are much better made than this overhyped stuff.

  29. I'm an electrical engineer and i just have to comment on this.
    @5.22, crappy wiring, no shielding
    @5.26, holy crap that soldering is bad, how dare you to sell this at such a high price!
    @5.38, the highest grade is called military grade not 'aerospace stuff' and @5.27… yeah those capacitors aren't military grade nor are they the best type of capacitors for audio
    Somebody sue this company for ripping people off!

  30. Problem is youre listening to prodctions wich were mixed through speakers wich are by far worse than those. so you dont even hear what the actual mix was intended to sound. also when your at older age you wont even be able to make out the frequencies this speakers can monitize. even at younger age not everything is heared

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