Marlin 3" full range pair

Marlin 3" full range pair

from 595.00

*In stock/pre order status now given in material options drop down menu.

Compact general purpose high fidelity single driver speakers for the home office or home recording studio. Fits into any bookshelf, or can fill large rooms with music. Ideal for compact home theater or commercial applications. Plays loud or soft with ease and neutrality. The new, thinner wood editions of the Marlin have a slightly more musical sound and are priced to be crowd pleasers. On the other hand, the thicker Birch plywood and Bamboo models are more accurate and slightly more efficient - designed for the serious audiophile or SET amplifier aficionado.

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Neutral studio sound from natural materials.

Amplifier power recommended  

Marlins work in the near, mid, or far-field listening distance and can be powered completely with as little as 4 watts.  However, the Marlin's stout voice coil and dual layer paper/faceted aluminum dome cone construction means that if you are a gearhead you are welcome to try up to as much as 100-200 watts per channel on tap and push the Marlins to their limits. The efficient Marlin speakers still only need to use the first (and typically cleanest) 4 watts of those up to 100 watts that are available from the amplifier - and the speakers will get quite loud on the additional wattage above 4 watts before soft clipping (over-excursion) occurs around 10 watts. If you have a tube amplifier with less than 4 watts per channel, the Marlin will still get plenty loud and has a beautiful, smooth, relaxed sound with low power SET amplifiers all the way down to 1 watt per channel. However, if your amplifier is not of the low power SET tube type, then 4 watts or more watts are recommended.

Basic specifications

  • 5 3/4" x 7 3/4" x 11 1/2"

  • 8 ohms, 90hz-35khz

  • Efficiency: 91.5 dB

  • Price is for a pair

  • Economical international shipping esp. for ultralight model

  • Selection of any material option will yield nearly identical sound quality due to identical solid wood internal bracing

  • Thin wood options are brighter, musical

  • Thicker wood options are neutral, detailed

Shipping Details

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

  • Need help? Feel free to call (206) 407 8439 for advice

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 - high-efficiency bass reflex from tuned acoustic 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.

Design features

Full range single driver

  • Multi-layer paper cone with aluminum dust cap

  • Extra 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, perfect for typical home listening levels

  • Marlins are versatile, can play extremely loud for their size

  • 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

Cabinet acoustics

  • Bass reflex ported enclosure

  • Polished/oiled solid wood port w/ 1/16" roundover

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 and single stage curing for lower internal stresses in joinery

Internal bracing design

  • Faceted 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 external wood surfaces, smoothing interior 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 (sold as the refinishing kit in the online store) 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 "audiophile" feet meant to grip, not slip! (For household safety as well as appropriate mechanical decoupling for acoustic purposes).

Ultralight option

Ultralight Marlins are only 5 lbs/pr.  Yes. That is only 2.5 lbs each! And the magnets on these little studio series drivers are huge - meaning that the cabinet really is quite light - just over 1 lb. 

*Ultralight option 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 the 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 the 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.

Ultralight 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. I don’t fully understand why these speakers sound so good. But they were developed evolutionarily despite all the odds against a design like this working so well.

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