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Bogdan Audio Creations Art Deco Loudspeaker Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Friday, 12 July 2013
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Bogdan Audio Creations Art Deco Loudspeaker Review 
Set Up and Listening
Conclusion

Bogdan Audio Creations was a totally new name to me before Adrian of True Harmonix , distributor and importer for some prestigious brands, asked me if I would like to review one of Bogdan's speakers. Specifically, he wanted me to hear the Art Deco model, newly revised for 2013. I agreed because Adrian has exceptionally good taste, and an ear for good products. He imports the Densen line from Denmark, which is top shelf.

Bodgan Petrescu, a gentleman who has been designing speakers for twenty-five years, runs Bogdan. He hand builds his speakers in Findlay, OH.  He decided his hobby had advanced enough that his creations, so to speak, competed with the very best commercially available loudspeakers. In 2009, he decided to make a concerted effort to start a speaker company. This was no longer a hobby. He had well-received showings at numerous audio shows, and now has several published professional reviews. I should also note that Mr. Petrescu is a tube aficionado, and builds a line of classic tube amps I hope to review at one point as well.

The Art Deco is small floorstander, measuring approximately 34-inches high, with a triangle-like shape, but it is actually four sided. The back panel is very narrow, and houses high quality binding posts and a brass plate attached via screws indicating the speaker was “handcrafted in the USA”.  It also notes the 88 db sensitivity and 8 Ohm impedance. An easy electrical load for any reasonable amplifier.  

The Art Deco is based on a single 7-inch coaxial driver. Now here is a disclaimer. I do have an affinity for speakers with coaxial drivers. My reference Thiel CS2.4 speaker uses a proprietary coaxial driver, augmented by woofer and a passive radiator. One of the speakers I heard recently at T.H.E. Show Newport was the KEF LS50, also built around a proprietary coax driver. There seems to be an inherent coherence and seamlessness to these types of drivers.

Below is some information designer Bodgan Petrescu sent me via email, slightly paraphrased, about the other important element of this speaker, which is the cabinet. Also there is some information about the driver:
There is an inside cabinet made of 3/4 MDF then the solid Cherry is applied to it. The cabinet density varies throughout. No cheap plastic tubing, no ringing noise, and no port vibrations. You can turn the speaker upside down and note the bottom port.

Coaxial driver Information:

Bass and midrange frequencies are carried by a clear polypropylene-type cone ideally matched to a special adaptive rubber surround. This results in a very smooth frequency response from the mid woofer.

The coaxially-arranged pre-coated fabric dome tweeter has a low resonance frequency, and integrates with the cone driver to a point source.

The cone of the woofer acts as a horn loading for the tweeter, and the chassis of the dome unit represents the throat of this horn. The tweeter is located where you would expect to see the dust cap on a traditional driver. The woofer cone moves independently around the tweeter.




 

 
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