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July 9, 2016

Avantgarde Acoustic 25th Anniversary Factory Tour, Part 3

Article by WL Low

From the initial showroom that greeted us earlier, we now move in to the speaker production area, where all of Avantgarde speakers are made! Our factory tour guide today is Armin Kraus. Trust me, he’s a real…. funny guy.

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This is the finished goods packaging area. Where completed and tested products gets packed in to shipping cartons here

 

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Look at the very clean and organised work station! The Germans have their very own 5S in manufacturing practice too!

 

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Now we move in to the speakers testing station

 

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This lab computer stores all the tested speaker frequency response for future reference, in case in the unlikely hood of driver or horn warranty claim

 

Armin explains, these are the first pressings of various horn sizes that are used as reference for quality checks on every subsequent production horn

 

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Now in case you’re not listening to me, this umbrella will be knocking on your head! Armin says that we are now entering the actual speaker production line, and warns us not to touch anything just in case we hurt ourselves touching something we are not supposed to!

 

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Look at all the work in progress speakers at the production line. Notice the Trio bass horn on the top shelf?

 

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More items being the WIP area

 

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This are all the horns that are measured and passed the reference test. They are now stored on racks, ready for production line use

 

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Horns of various colors and sizes in stock

 

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As we move on, we come across a set of enclosures for the Avantgarde Zero 1 XD, just at the start of the assembly line

 

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Here, a worker manually stuffs both sides of the clamp shell design enclosure of the Avantgarde Zero 1 XD. You can see the drivers in the front shell, and the XD DSP circuit board on the back end of the enclosure

 

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The worker tells me he could make 7 pairs of Avantgarde Zero 1 XD a day.

 

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But before the drivers goes in to the enclosures, something else has to be done first!

 

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Here is the production line that glues the internal foam linings and pre-wiring work, before all the other stuffing shown earlier goes in to the speaker enclosures

 

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Here is the rack that stores all the speaker drivers, ready to be tested!

 

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As most of the bass bins of Avantgarde speakers are active, here are the plate amp modules that drive the bass drivers

 

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And here are where all the XD boards are stored

 

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A new batch of colored horns have just being coated with glossy automotive paint and awaiting buffing & polishing

 

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And here is the buffing station

 

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A look at this work station confirms the stress on the job. The pack of ziggies to sooth a long day

 

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Internal damping foams of various density is used to lined the speaker enclosures

 

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The aluminium tubes that forms the body of the horn drivers

 

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The aluminium tubes are also lined with internal damping foam

 

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An Avantgarde Trio rack is being assembled here

 

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A QC note accompanies each and every horn tube

 

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It’s the frequency response chart for each enclosure, ensuring matching pair characteristics

 

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Armin seen here doing his “Mickey Mouse” thing!

 

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The rear end of horn tubes

 

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Note the speaker cable terminals

 

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Even the mobile tool station is a model of tidyness

 

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The QC-ed horn drivers with matching frequency response chart attached to make sure of pair and channel matching.

 

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Here’s another speaker production line , building another speaker model

 

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Horn driver fitting. All Avantgarde speakers are hand built, pair by pair

 

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The lower rack chassis with floor contact leveling spikes

 

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These are production line trolleys where they are inserted in to the bottom of nearly finished speakers to be conveniently wheeled in to the QA test station and final packing room

 

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here Armin shows the attachment cart being used to push the nearly completed speakers around the production floor, in to the QA test station for final checks before going in to the product packing room

 

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A pair of nearly completed speakers awaiting to be sent to the QA test station for final inspection

 

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Now, that’s how it looks like being wheeled in to the QA test station

 

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After the packing room, all products are sent to the shipping area

 

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Here, Armin explains the nitty gritty of logistics in Avantgarde Acoustics

 

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All the boxes are marked with shipping stickers for destination and transit points

 

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Here is a pair of Avantgarde Trio awaiting for the courier truck to pick up

 

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All Avantgarde products are shipped with TiltWatch XTR indicators stuck on boxes. TiltWatch indicator(the little circle in the middle of the UP arrow, will turn red if the boxes have being tilted by a certain degree, or dropped during shipping or transit. Do NOT accept the pair of speakers if the Tilt indicators are red!

 

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Here is the logistics board that indicates where each pair of boxes shall go to destination

 

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Due to a shortage of space in the incoming store, some of the bass enclosures and other bulky parts are stored here, away from the weather elements

 

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More speaker enclosures are stored here

 

Next, we look at the electronics design and manufacturing dept. And before we sign off, have a look at the presentation video below that shows the passion of everyone in Avantgarde Acoustic for their speaker products, courtesy of Avantgarde Acoustic.

Article by WL Low