If you have to name a typical audio country, you will quickly come to the United Kingdom or perhaps Denmark. Logical: they have an enormous history when it comes to brands that have proven themselves. But do you have any idea how much the Netherlands contribute to the world of hi-fi? There are some real gems on that moist soil. Think about Grimm Audio, Sonnet, Dutch & Dutch, Driade, Master, Hepta…. philips once, of course… we could go on and on. Now it’s the turn of a new kid on the block: Veddan with the Veddan Origin speaker.
Just a brief introduction to loudspeakers. A traditional loudspeaker consists of one or more reproducers in the form of a round disc that vibrates. Usually a voice coil in a magnet is responsible for making the cone material vibrate. This material can vary. One manufacturer believes in paper, another in aluminum, kevlar or perhaps beryllium. It’s just what you go for as a manufacturer.
Now of course there are variations on this theme. Think of a broadband system where one unit plays everything. Nice, but it has challenges. It’s ultra lineair in phase, but one unit doing everything results in a very busy unit. Creating a bandwidth from 20 Hz to 20 kHz is virtually impossible with one unit.
Then there are two-way, three-way and even four-way systems (or more). In a two-way system, the treble is done by a tweeter and the mid and bass by a woofer. Wonderful. However, also here are some serious challenges to be solved. How do you ensure really deep bass for example? In three-way, the treble, mids and bass are separated. Also great, but again challenges; the crossover becomes more complex.
Veddan takes a very different approach. First of all, the Veddan Origin is not a traditional point source, but an omnidirectional speaker. Second, Veddan uses a magnetostatic unit that it developed itself. This unit operates from 150 Hz through 24 kHz. Which is an unprecedented bandwidth. One speaker incorporates 20 of these units covering a 270-degree area. For the bass, which works from 20 Hz to 150 Hz – a Seas woofer is responsible. A rigid unit made to Veddan’s specification. To drive the magnetostats and woofer, 1500 watts of (class-D) amplification per speaker is used. Amplification is incorporated into the base, as is the analog, balanced input and the WISA wireless link. Right: this speaker is equipped with WISA, which makes wireless coupling possible. Even in surround.
Now, screwing together a speaker is perfectly doable by itself. Designing and assembling a good speaker is another story. Especially when there are many units to be processed and these also radiate around. After all: how do you make sure that the units do not extinguish each other and that all kinds of dips and peaks occur. Not to mention phase problems.
André Kamperman explains in the video how they placed the units so that this does not happen. The result is a circular radiator that gives a very even and spatially natural image. With the speed and detail of a magnetostat. And we haven’t seen that before.
The units, the housing, the design – actually everything – is developed in house. And it is made in house. This is one of the advantages of owning your own CAD and 3D printing company (Alfred Uytdewilligen is the owner of CAD2M B.V.).
In-house production is pretty special, because while the majority of speaker manufacturers design in-house; production is elsewhere. With a few exceptions of course. By the way, it does not have to be an advantage to do everything yourself. There are excellent parties who deliver high quality components. To each his own, of course! However, one of the proven big advantages of being able to do a lot in house is that a prototype is made quickly and that tweaks can be tested in practice very quickly. Think of a small modification to the cabinet, or a new woofer housing. By being able to test theory directly in practice, design adjustments can be made quickly and effectively. A luxury that not every manufacturer has.
Another advantage of in-house production is that the quality control is sublime. Each component passes through the hands of Veddan itself. In short: if something is not quite according to specification, it can go back immediately for either an adjustment or it will be remade.
Conclusion: the customer of this high-end omni (40,000 euros per pair) can expect absolute perfection, given the 100% control of production.
Now Veddan has the Origin of 40,000 euros per pair. Not every enthusiast has that kind of money lying around. Veddan understands that too. So there are plans for other models. Now a Veddan omnidirectional speaker will never be the bargain of the century. However, you do get something very special. A unique design, full-range, omnidirectional, handmade and from the Dutch Achterhoek region. What more could you want?