For our 35th anniversary, the sound scientists at EA decided to re-engineer our 12-inch cabinet by revisiting our audiophile roots. The groundbreaking hi-fi speaker cabinets that defined Euphonic Audio in the 1980s reproduced the recorded field of sound with accurate dimensionality and presence. Using state-of-the-art computer analysis, we tuned our cabinets to make the most of custom drivers, high fidelity tweeters, and a sophisticated crossover design. Our speakers reproduced the loudest and the softest musical passages realistically, creating a wide, deep, focused sound field that you feel like you were onstage with the musicians at Carnegie Hall or the Blue Note Cafe.
In the 1990s, we turned our attention to bass amplification. To replicate the full range of the bass guitar in a small and light speaker cabinet, our goals were: wide dynamic range, to reproduce the loudest and softest, highest and lowest notes realistically at lowest and highest listening levels; extended bass response to reproduce the fundamental frequencies of the B and E strings; and wide dispersion, to provide a broad sound stage so that listeners around the room will hear all reproduced frequencies. Using custom drivers paired with finely-tuned crossovers in transmission line cabinets, we achieved a rich studio-quality tone with our VL series that inspired musicians such as Lee Sklar and Michael Rhodes. Drawing on feedback from studio and touring musicians, we developed the CxL and Wizzy – speakers that remain favorites to this day.
To improve upon the groundbreaking Wizzy-112 and the Wizzy MLine-112 cabinets, we envisioned a lighter, louder cabinet with improved tonal range and wide dispersion to fill a stage with the pure sound of your bass. The brand-new NL-112 utilizes a custom, lightweight neodymium driver. To improve upon the Wizzy design, we paired a larger (3-inch) voice coil with an array of sweet-sounding 1” Ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters – the kind typically found in audiophile quality stereo cabinets. By removing the recessed handles we increased the cabinet’s internal volume and gave the transmission line more room to breathe, extending the bass response to 43Hz. To balance the improved bass response and sweet top end from the dome tweeters, we reworked our crossover to provide an even response all the way through the 43Hz to 18kHz range. This is a return to EA’s Hi-Fi roots and our original idea to make lightweight, small cabinets with a wide sound field that sounds like your upright or electric bass but louder.
To celebrate this shift back to our roots, we’ve changed the aesthetics to a more traditional look: brown tolex covering Italian Poplar with gold/brown grill cloth and a thick, padded leather handle. We even redesigned the EA badge to fit on a brushed aluminum plate. Paired with our new Doubler II, the new NL-112 is the sound of your bass in high definition.