By Todd Anderson on Apr 10, 2018 at 4:55 PM
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    MartinLogan Co-Founder Launches Gayle Sanders Eikon

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    (April 10, 2018) Here’s a bit of breaking pre-AXPONA news: MartinLogan cofounder Gayle Sanders is re-emerging with a brand-new speaker company called Gayle Sanders Eikon. Rewind some forty years ago, and Gayle Martin Sanders and Ron Logan Sutherland were busily pooling their collective knowledge to establish a future industry strongling. Now, Sanders is emerging from retirement, recharged and ready to rock the industry’s foundation once again.

    “I found myself missing our industry—the people, the excitement, the creative process of designing—it pulled me back,” Sanders said. “I still love learning about new technologies, diving into research, and exploring the possibilities of putting it all together.”

    Looking to depart from his old speaker company’s electrostatic anchor point, Sanders’ new Eikon speakers are inspired by modern DSP and amp technologies. Taking to his garage, the esteemed speaker legend spent four years developing and refining performance and industrial design aspects, resulting in his new company’s first speaker called Image1. Today, Gayle Sanders Eikon is run from a dedicated speaker workshop, where Image1s are handcrafted and tested on site.

    Sanders’ new system is centered around the DSP-based Eikontrol (a “command center” of sorts), which accepts both digital and analog inputs and is fine-tuned with any smart device or home computer (iOS, Android). And because the system’s amplifier technology is integrated, the entire Image1 system sheds the need for large external gear.

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    Using DSP algorithms, the Eikontrol helps to remove a room’s sidewalls from the equation, resulting in “energetic” baselines and phase-perfect mid- and high-frequencies. In addition, bass output is customized by using advanced wavelet signal processing, which allows the system to “analyze energy buildup in the amplitude and time domain.” The end result being streamlined control of destructive energy and a better overall uniform frequency response.

    Less technical information has been released about the system’s Image1 speakers. However, we do know they’re being launched with a Black Piano Gloss finish (other finishes will be available soon).

    Gayle Sanders will be at AXPONA (Rooms 742 and 744) demonstrating his new Image1 speakers as part of a system worth $24,500.
     
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    1. Todd Anderson

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      Here's a few other images:


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      Man... wish I wuz gonna get a chance to hear those puppies. Nice!
       
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      Thanks for the news update. Looks like great speakers. I agree, would like to hear them. :)
       
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      Sonnie wrote:
      Do you have a relationship with him? Would certainly make for a nice review. We have touted their stats pretty favorably in the past, couldn't hurt to reach out and see.
       
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      Looks like we need to check out his room and do a little introductions.

      Sonnie you want me to have him send you a pair for keepsies. ;)
       
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      I'll take one of these!
       
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      A beautiful Miura...

      The Eikon is an interesting concept... It will be interesting to see more on the design and specs... Is there 4 or 5 drivers in those speakers? Other than the DSP and wavelets I think Sonnie's Expression 13As would sound better...
       

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