Thick, rigid, and well-damped aluminium
The new Contour cabinet needed a signature baffle – it has almost become mandatory since it was introduced on the Contour S in 2003. Without it something would simply be missing.
For Malte Köhn, our Lead Product Designer, it was crucial to create a baffle with serious sonic purpose expressed through our Scandinavia heritage: simplicity, minimalism, and above all, functionalism. These three elements were combined in the 14mm thick, single-piece aluminium baffle: it’s sleek and elegant, but rigid, stable, and extremely well-damped.
The aluminium baffle isn't the only rigid part of a Contour. Read about our first curved Contour cabinet here.
The front baffle in aluminium is perfect because the drivers are mounted directly into this firm piece of aluminium that doesn’t vibrate.
To mount the baffle, we have to carve out 10mm MDF of the cabinet’s front, but don’t worry about its thickness – combined the two are 30mm thick. The sonic benefits are easily spotted: a solid foundation for our newly developed Contour drivers to do their jobs without unwanted vibrations – meaning improved high-volume performance at low frequencies.
The aluminium baffle provides a solid foundation for our brand new drivers. Learn more about the extended excursion 18W55 driver.
Also, the curves aren’t simply for show. No, there’s a lot of functionality to be found in the chamfered edges that fit gently with cabinet’s curved edges (our engineers also included the chamfer in the driver’s baskets). Not only does it look great, it helps reduce undesirable high-frequency diffraction effects for clearer treble.
The baffle might look simple, but it truly serves an important purpose – and it is made with usual eye for detail and quality.
With aluminium, we could get curved edges that reduce diffractions – something we really wanted.
Made at extreme pressure
As with our cabinets, everything has to be perfect. To ensure this, we make the baffle from extruded aluminium. But, it isn’t exactly easy to make (so be it; only the best works at Dynaudio).
To start, you have to pre-make steel molds in the desired shape. Now, you have to press large, heavy plates of aluminium through the molds at extremely high pressure. The process leaves you with several meters of aluminium – in the shape you wanted – ready to be cut into the right size. By doing this, we get the best and most consistent finish and quality.
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When you have the single piece of aluminium in the right thickness, you are almost there. Now, we need to make it into a Contour baffle by CNC-milling all of its details, holes for mounting it to the cabinet, and so on. The process is finished, the baffle is now ready for assembly with the rest of the cabinet; ready to fulfill its sonic purpose and look outstanding.