Marlin 3" Full-range Pair

Marlin 3" Full-range Pair

from 595.00

Price is for a pair.

Ships worldwide from Seattle, WA.

Orders are pre-paid.  Please call or email us for a lead time estimate at the time you are ready to place your order.  

60-day in-home audition, 1-year warranty.

The Marlin is a fully redesigned Orca Mini, released for 2016.  The Marlin is now built out of 3/4" material and has a larger front-firing port.  

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  • 5 3/4" x 7 3/4" x 11 1/2"
  • 8 ohms, 90hz-35khz
  • Efficiency: 88 dB conservatively rated...
  • Price is for a pair
  • Economical international shipping 
  • Selection of any material will yield nearly identical sound quality due to identical solid wood internal bracing

Amplifier Power Recommended  

from as little as 4 to as much as 100-200 watts per channel on tap.  The efficient Marlin speakers will only need to use the first (and typically cleanest) 4 watts of those 100 watts that are available from the amplifier - and the speakers will get quite loud before soft clipping occurs.  

New Ultralight Option Details:

Only 5 lbs/pr.  Yes. That is only 2.5 lbs each! And the magnets on these little drivers are huge.

Currently only available in 6mm Birch plywood.

Ultralight is the art and science united in the inner workings of hand built loudspeakers.

The ultralight Marlin takes the two main in house technologies of carved solid Douglas Fir internal bracing and specialized constrained layer acoustic damping materials to the ultimate level by making it possible to use extra thin baltic birch plywood yet retaining almost the same lightning speed and tonal accuracy of our thicker plywood speaker models.

The Ultralight Marlin also happens to be the smallest, lightest, and least expensive model of Blumenstein speakers currently available.

The "ultralight" is the same build quality as our popular Marlin speaker - with standard polished and oiled internals, custom 2D and 3D constrained layered damping materials...the works. But instead of being built in heavy duty 3/4" plywood, these are built in ultralightweight 6mm (1/4") Birch plywood and designed for optimum impulse response for music reproduction.

These speakers are baffling in that each batch has sounded and measured phenomenally well.  Somehow, the room presence and sonic imaging qualities, two traits that I focus on in all of my loudspeaker designs are especially good in this miniaturized Marlin design. We don’t fully understand why these speakers sound so good. But they were developed evolutionarily despite all the odds and we are happily making them now.

Ships worldwide from Seattle, WA.




Functional furniture

Form Follows Function

Real speakers should be made of thick veneer polished plywood because whenever the speakers are not being fed a signal from your receiver/amplifier they become pieces of wooden sculpture. All these beautiful materials fastened and combined together also become the acoustic properties of the speaker.   

Good Vibrations

Higher-efficiency by tuning the damping materials.

Fastening every single part of the speaker together with sandwiched damping materials between them has given excellent results. With the tuned, sandwiched damping materials I am now able to passively filter out unwanted resonances with accuracy because every absorptive material has been tuned and located to only absorb the problem frequency ranges at each site inside the speaker.  What's left after all those unwanted mechanical and acoustic resonances are filtered away is the glorious sonic benefit of having used natural materials in the first place.

-Full Range Single Driver

-Banana pulp paper cone

-Large magnetic circuit

-Low wattage rated voice coil works perfectly with low power SET amps (thin wire, low weight)

-Voice coil is technically rated for 5-15 watts

-Marlins are actually versatile and will sound great with any amplifier between 1 watt to 100 watts per channel available on tap.

-Mechanical clipping (overdrive) is gentle and does not damage the speaker driver.

-Uncanny midrange articulation

-Stamped steel frame modified for smoother resonance properties

-High excursion cone suspension for excellent bass response

-Seamless acoustic integration with the 5 1/4” Benthic passive subwoofer.

Driver hardware

-Stamped steel washers

-Steel screws

-Neoprene washers sandwiched/tuned in conjunction with driver frame 

-Mechanically independent driver gasket/air seal

-Driver screws are torque tuned by hand and gauge

-Driver frame floats on a combined dual durometer constrained layer of compound damping materials 

-Generously proportioned air gasket is the high-frequency stage of constrained layered damping

-Overall neoprene washer design was inspired by the bushings and rubber coupling pad arrangement typically used to mount skateboard trucks to decks  

Cabinet acoustics

-Bass reflex ported enclosure

-Polished/oiled solid wood port

Cabinet construction

-Wood burn brand

-150-year-old coachmaker's varnish recipe of linseed oil

-Void-free plywoods have interior layers that are the same thickness and wood quality as the exterior layers

-Extra strength, non-toxic and waterproof wood glue applied in all workshop joinery and internal glues inside of the plywoods

-Hand clamped 100% open construction joinery

-Swift glue ups allow glue to cure in a single stage for lower internal stresses in joinery

Internal bracing parts design

-Faceted, polished solid Douglas fir internal braces similar to those found inside a guitar, piano soundboard, or inside other acoustic instruments

-Constrained layer acoustic damping materials bonded to cabinet walls with a low durometer adhesive that itself functions as a dual purpose high-frequency absorber

Internal wire

-Same as Waterline Cables

-Swiss manufactured 13 gauge ultra pure Oxygen Free Copper (OFC)

-Hand-crimped, hand soldered connections

-Non-resonant, low capacitance hammered in binding posts

Cabinet finish

-Polishing all internal and external wood surfaces

-Linseed oil application lowers surface noise coming from all combined solid wood surfaces

-Polished, oiled surfaces are naturally protected from various hazards of the typical household environment

-An optional semi-annual application of the non-toxic linseed oil will deepen the golden shine

Cabinet feet

-Low durometer clear urethane feet decouple the bottom of the speaker cabinet from the top of any surface

-Urethane feet provide grip as well as carefully tune the high-frequencies that should not travel into neighboring pieces of furniture via a constrained layer of damping

-Please handle cabinet feet with care - they are meant to grip, not slip!  (For household safety as well as appropriate mechanical decoupling for acoustic purposes).