Orca 3" Full Range
Orca 3" Full Range
The Orca 3” Full Range Speakers are the classic crowd pleasers of the pack. They offer a more neutral and refined sound quality with all levels of audio content consistently across each variation in cabinet thickness and material.
Their sleek new front port design, faceted Douglas fir internal bracing, and specialized damping materials make the Orcas a dynamic addition to any desktop, home theater, or studio monitor setting. These speakers are well suited for near field desktop listening and will create a holographic sound stage without causing listening fatigue. However they perform beautifully for most small and large rooms in a home, with enough efficiency to deliver a satisfying sound in larger room settings.
While supplies last, you can get your hands on a pair of the Orca Specials! These are distinguishable with their copper color driver frame, specifically designed for their limited production Fostex driver. Orca Specials work especially well for extreme near-field, and with a single ended triode (SET) amplifier. The Specials differ from the Normal Orcas in the tone quality. They are a clearer and brighter sound quality, the brightest in the Blumenstein lineup. The Orca special is (by a tiny margin), the most efficient 3” full range Blumenstein speaker to date! Especially good in the extreme near-field and paired with SET amplification.
Orca Customer Reviews
“Love my Orcas! They are truly suburb loudspeakers. They hold themselves against my Harbeths, and in some areas (immediacy) exceed them. Very impressed. Right now I'm playing them with a 45W Conrad Johnson EL34 integrated. Beautiful. [Clark has] achieved a wonderful balance in these speakers - I find that exceedingly rare, even among the big boys. Voices sound REAL.”-Greg K. February 2019
"[The Orcas] are clean, clear, with amazing images, deeper sound stage than my Triangles (and they are really good at sound stage), impressive high frequencies . . .They only have about 100 hours on them. Unless they are going to extend down to 25 Hz with more break in I don't know what else they can do. I was hearing good high frequency response with Bluegrass, so just to be sure, we put on Kind of Blue. The cymbals were amazing! They had sizzle! The piano, saxophone, and of course trumpet sounded very real. I'm really amazed at the highs. The cymbals were as they should be [. . .] the images were solid; the best I have ever heard the piano on this album. Walking back and forth behind the listening chair I could see that the center image only moves about a foot off center in my room at the extreme right and left. What I mean is that to get it to do that I stood a foot or more to the right of the right speaker, etc. There is a really wide sweet spot. More than I have experienced before. I could go on and on, but it would just be repetitive. Clark, you have really done something magic here." -Grainger M., Tennessee
“Well a pair arrived today with the matching stands. And I thank the individual who mentioned them on a prior post . . . these are an incredible little speaker that belie their size. Very open with room filling sound, pretty darn good bass as well from, yes, a single 3 inch driver. I don’t know of many if any speaker that can beat this at their [price]. Beautiful sound, build quality and aesthetics, all in a compact tidy package.” - Dave, Vancouver, B.C. on Canuck Audio Mart
6" x 8.5" x 11.5"
8 ohms, 75hz-35khz
Efficiency: 92.5 dB.
Price is for a pair
Selection of any material will yield similar acoustical qualities
thinner wood options=bright, musical
thicker wood options=neutral, warm
Robust solid wood internal bracing structure similar to Marlin
Ships worldwide from Seattle, WA.
Economical international shipping
Orders are pre-paid. Call or email for a lead time estimate at the time you are ready to place your order.
60-day in-home audition, 1-year warranty
Need help? Feel free to call (206) 407 8439 for advice
Amplifier Power Recommended
As a general rule of thumb, between 2 watts and 100 watts per channel is recommended. They can still be hooked up to a clean 100+ watts without a problem though. Whatever power is on tap, Orcas are able to get quite loud before their soft clipping mode naturally engages.
Note: All Orcas, including any currently on order, are outfitted with the full complement of parts found in the Depth of Field Enhancement Kit, as well as other enhancements native to this speaker design. These components were 10 years in development as of January 2016, but are applicable to older Blumenstein models via the Kit found here.
Orcas Speakers with Subwoofers
The Orca has a full sound and ample amount of bass either on their own, or paired with the Benthic Bass Unit passive subwoofer and Outboard Subwoofer amplifier. One solution to adding bass definition is to situate Orcas near to a rear wall to bloom the upper bass, and add a Benthic Subwoofer to incorporate more bass. Good quality subwoofers from any other manufacturer (for instance, that you may already own) will likely to be compatible with the Orcas as well. I have found that in general, my clients get back to me letting me know that their Orcas, with or without subwoofers make them quite happy. While Blumenstein accessories like floor stands and subwoofers are generally going to sound and look the best, the Orcas also play well with most other audio gear available on the market, from all price ranges.