HERE ARE THE FLAT CATS
Passive radiators, the friend of the small enclosure. But if poorly tuned, or tuned too low the bass becomes smeared and distorted. In the Classic Pop I use passive radiators and a simple acoustic pathway designed to break up standing waves and harness the extra power of the woofer, to add clarity and accuracy rather than extend the bass unnaturally far. This combination leads to excellent clarity, sound reproduction, and very even response with a natural sounding bass. Not only are they suited for excellent jazz and pop reproduction, but work well in almost any space. These same qualities make them excellent studio monitors.
Additionally, the crossover is designed for an even response across the range of human hearing aiming for a natural sound.
And if you (Gasp!) use an EQ, they are flexible and accurate enough to allow for great room correction. Or, you can just turn up the bass and let them drive, so to speak.
The Model Classic Rock is your classic ported speaker. With an enclosure tuned down into the low second octave of the piano bass response is excellent. Bass comes easily.
The inverted position of the drivers as compared to the Classic Pop, gives a nice, open space for the bass to reproduce, and allows the tweeter to isolate at the top of the enclosure in its own space (as in the Classic Pop, just located differently). This combination of sealed tweeter and ported woofer allows for fine accurate treble for horns, guitar, and voice, while still providing ooomph to the bass.
Additionally, the crossover is widened, giving more distinct separation on the drivers, and pushed towards the bass, creating a warmer sound that fills the room.
Do you want a big big sound in a mid-sized package (ok, still pretty small)? The Modern Pop at 20" tall is the mini-tower you want. It will fill a big room, produce more bass, and push it upward and outward for a bass experience that is truly encompassing.
The balance of the Modern Pop is great for all types of music but the inclusion of a woofer that has 50%+ more surface area than it's smaller cousin, bass extension is greater. The upward facing woofer sends sound upward helping with bass dispersal, while the front port gives a little forward "bump" providing extra liveliness to Funk, R&B, or even your fav Bossa Nova.
MINIS (THE KITTENS)
The minis utilize the same full-range speakers as the larger classic pop/rock but in a single driver setting. This provides hyper-directionality and are suitable for desk speakers and other near-field situations, or as satellite speakers of note. Bottom ported for better response, these highly efficient littles will fit in the palm of your hand but make a big noise.
THE MUSIC BOX
WHAT'S THAT ON THE BACK?
The music box takes the stereo signal on any amp and parcels it out. A balanced Y circuit combines bass to the sub (top terminal) while a bypass sends each channel to an output (bottom terminal).
The music box is one amazing little passive subwoofer. It uses a high-excursion full range driver with a dedicated low-pass crossover that fills out bass below 300hz with a rolloff at 600hz, and has excellent sensitivity to 52hz. Update: Now standard with 5 1/4" driver for fuller bass response.
WHAT'S THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
Say you have a little amp, it may or may not have a sub out. It's sub out may be inadequate. Maybe it's just clumsy to set up. The Music Box allows you to run your stereo speakers directly off of it, allowing for easy set up and a very clean signal, while creating strong bass extension. The Music Box works with any Flat Cat stereo pair, as seen here with some Classic Pops. It maintains recording fidelity while looking great. And... it works great in your constrained setting (book case, desk, or apartment)