From the Korus team – 10/11/13
Korus’ LiveStage™ Acoustic Signature Gives You The Feeling Of Being At A Live Concert
Are you curious to know what gives Korus that full-bodied, surround sound that makes you feel as though you’re at a live concert? That would be LiveStage™, Korus’ proprietary acoustic platform, created by our amazing audio engineers. We recently spoke with Mike Strange, Director of Audio and Acoustics at Core Brands, to investigate LiveStage. Mike has been designing speakers for over two decades. Here’s what he had to say:
Can you tell us the history behind LiveStage and how it was developed?
The engineers and designers behind LiveStage have been developing the science and art behind loudspeakers for over 25 years through such brands as Speakercraft and Niles. Korus is our latest opportunity to create a superior acoustical speaker by combining the premium technology platform of SKAA with the surround sound benefits of LiveStage. The combination of SKAA and LiveStage makes Korus a truly unique wireless speaker. Korus has a “natural” sound, as if you are hearing it at a live concert. Historically we design everything from the ground up, which makes us very unique. We are just not buying things off the shelf. We design our speaker cones and all the acoustical elements and we’re designing the audio components for very specific purposes.
What does LiveStage actually do for the sound of the speaker?
The goal of LiveStage is to create a three-dimensional audio platform within the speaker, with vocals, instrumentals and bass placed differently, yet working together congruently so that it sounds as if you are in a live music environment. We place the vocals out front, and the high hat symbols and other instruments generally a little further back. If you listen really closely you’ll hear the kick drum and the bass way in the back. So you can actually sit there and close your eyes and say, “Yeah, I know exactly where each of those instruments is placed.”
How did you come up with the name LiveStage?
It’s the whole philosophy—how it’s life-like and how it sounds like you’re at a concert— and LiveStage eventually came together.
So when you use the term acoustic signature, does that refer to where the speakers are located and how they are pointed?
Yes. On Korus products such as the V400, the front panel has a curve to it. That’s done on purpose; it’s not just a visual cue. It allows us to aim the speakers slightly more left and right, and to open up the soundstage and visually make the speaker sound bigger than it actually is. When you have two speakers that are three inches apart aimed directly at your head, it’s very difficult to tell what is left and what is right. So by spreading the speakers out a little bit and aiming them out, we’re able to make the speakers feel wider apart.
The Korus V600 Speaker includes 1 bass driver, 2 mid bass drivers, 2-1″ front tweeters, and 2 side firing tweeters
What about on the V600 portable speaker?
The V600 speaker actually has 7 speakers built into it, with 5 along the front and two side firing tweeters. On the V600, we’ve put a bass driver in the middle. We put those two extra tweeters to the back of the speaker angled at a 45 degree axis from the back. Now you can take this speaker and put it on a countertop where there’s walls on either side of it or behind it and get all this reflected sound going on that just makes that small speaker sound really, really large.
Bottom line: If I’m a customer, why would this speaker sound different to me?
There’s a lot of passion behind what we do. When we were designing the Korus wireless speaker, creating premium sound was important. LiveStage is the result of the unique placement of the speakers within the cabinet, combined with the design of the cabinet. We’re very careful about our electronic components as well. Each component contributes to the addition or distraction of sound. SKAA compelled us to make a superior acoustics platform, because we had more musicality and more frequency response to play with. That’s why this is a premium product. It’s not just another “me-too” thing. Otherwise would have just made a Bluetooth speaker and been done with it.
A huge thanks to Mike Strange for demystifying the science behind our Korus speakers! Order yours at www.KorusSound.com and experience the rich surround sound for yourself!
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