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EICO HFS2 Omnidirectional Loudspeaker

Published 14 March 2016

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Omindirectional speakers are both exciting and exotic. I was reviewing my notes and I came across this gem hidden in the corner of an advert. I am not aware of the EICO brand and I have no listening experience with this particular model. What drew me to this loudspeaker was the interesting approach that combines a back loaded horn design and a custom assembly design for the whizzer cone. The full article gives more detail and relevant links for more detailed information.

Introduction

Omindirectional speakers are both exciting and exotic. I was reviewing my notes and I came across this gem hidden in the corner of an advert. I am not aware of the EICO brand and I have no listening experience with this particular model. What drew me to this loudspeaker was the interesting approach that combines a horn loaded design for the woofer and a custom assembly design for the whizzer cone.

EICO (an acronym for Electronic Instrument Corporation) was a manufacturer of electronics kits located in New York City, New York, United States. EICO remained in the audio industry from 1945 to the mid-1970s.

Loudspeaker Description

Natural bass 30-200Hz via a slot loaded 12ft split conical bass horn. Middles and lower highs: front radiation from 8 1/2" edge damped coner. Distortionless spike-shaped super-tweeter radiates omni-directionally.

Eminently musical with unusual suitability for stereo.

- Holt, High Fidelity

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Photos of a refurbished EICO HFS-2

refurbished EICO HFS-2

New photos have come up on the web of a fine example of a set of HFS-2's. These loudspeakers were developed in the age of mono. I am not sure if a pair of these omni-directional loudspeakers playing in stereo would do justice to the original design. Please follow this link to view this great gallery on Zozosir's blog.

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