FAQs

What is Sunship Audio?
Sunship Audio started as a passion project for TAD-Pioneer (Technical Audio Devices) 2" High-Frequencies compression drivers and 15" Low-Frequencies woofers. We build a two-way system with controlled-dispersion wooden horns and passive crossovers.


Why TAD?


A 1980s studio using TAD components.

TAD components are exceptional, the TD-4001 compression driver uses a gigantic Ø 4" (10cm) diaphragm made of evaporated beryllium behind a 2" (5cm) throat. It is the lightest and stiffest material on the planet. The unique manufacturing process by evaporation makes it very different from other beryllium diaphragms. It is extremely light (2g) and has no resonances and colorations.
Correctly filtered, the TD-4001 can reproduce frequencies up to 20 Khz.

Both the TD-4001 and TL-1601 woofers use AlNiCo magnets. Alnico magnets are pretty much extinct in the audio world today because of their cost. But they offer a unique listening quality that is dynamic, un-tiring and wholesome. Their balance remains the same at all volume levels. There is a quality to AlNiCo magnets that is difficult to put in words.


Why no super-tweeter?
The whole point of the TAD TD-4001 is that with the right horn and the right crossover it is the only compression driver that can reproduce frequencies up to the limit of human hearing at 20Khz.

Cutting the TD-4001 would be throwing away the good part. Like buying expensive asparagus at the Farmer's Market and chucking the tips in the bin. The difficulty and cost of manufacturing the unique diaphragm of the TD-4001 are justified because it makes a two-way design possible without compromising the super-high frequencies.
A two-way design will always sound more coherent and seamless than a three-way design.
The smaller membrane of a super tweeter (Including TAD's own ET-703) cannot have the stress-free dynamics and punch of the large Ø10cm membrane found in the TD-4001.


How do they sound?
You would have to come by and listen...

Most people are flabbergasted by the sound quality of these loudspeakers. The dynamics, the effortlessness of the sound, its fullness even at low playback levels and the absence of distortion and coloration even at very high volume are unusual. A lot of visitors use the word 'emotional' to describe their experience in front of the music reproduced.

But talking about sound quality in words, online, is a difficult exercise. Everyone that makes audio equipment claims to be "the one" that will let you "experience music the way musicians meant it". All hyperboles have been exhausted to death. The only way to experience audio products is to travel to where they are and listen to them.

Which brings us to our...

Listening Room?
We are located in Berlin, in the center of town, 5 minutes walk from the famous KaDeWe store.
Our room is similar to a normal living room with minimal treatment, just couches, bookshelves, etc. We are open by appointment and visitors can spend as much time as they want. You do not have to be a potential customer to come by.


How big?
The pictures are misleading, our room has a very high ceiling on one side that makes the loudspeaker appear small but they are big. Roughly 110x70x55 cm.


Why passive crossovers?
A well designed passive crossover is a plug-and-play, set-and-forget solution. It is difficult to develop and build but protects the drivers and simplifies the upstream installation. Fewer switches to turn on, fewer chances to do something wrong, more chances to listen to music.


What amplifier?
These are high efficiency loudspeakers that can produce 96 decibels with 1 Watt. Many High end loudspeakers have an efficiency of 10db less at around 86db/1W. To create +10 decibels you need x10 Watts. It means that our loudspeakers need 10 times less Watts than most conventional loudspeakers. They will do with a 30 Watts amplifier what others do with 300 Watts.

Equally important, their impedance is a very stable 8 Ohms which presents no difficulty to amplifiers. So basically they will work with pretty much any amplifier tube or solid state.

Most people who visit have a history with high-end Audio or Professional Audio and an idea of what amplifier(s) they like. Whatever that is, it will work and be allowed to give its best through these speakers.

For those who are new to all this we can help with choosing a suitable amplifier and digital or analog set-up. With a tendency to lean towards equipment with impeccable measured performance and reliability. Like ASR Emitter or Bryston Cubed amplifier and a Benchmark or Okto Research Digital to Analog converters.


Why the funny logo and manual?
Why serious?

Our logo looks like it was drawn by a 6 years old because it was.

The Owner's Manual.
Are these "vintage"?
Not in the least. All the parts and materials used, drivers, inductors, are at the leading edge of what is available today, still manufactured and sourced directly from the manufacturers. No refurbished parts are used.

And lastly... How much?
For the remaining of 2019: €58.000 +V.A.T.

More questions: e-mail sunshipaudio(at)gmail(dot)com