Needle RS 100-4 und RS100PC
It all started when my wife wanted a couple of good loudspeakers for her reading room, for sitting and listening to music comfortably. So we started by going through the relevant big-box electronics stores and looking for ready-made speakers. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything that she liked. Then I suggested building some myself so that we could design them to suit her taste.
No sooner said than done! I discovered the Needles on Loudspeakerbuilding.com. Without asking my wife, I ordered everything from Intertechnik and went off to OBI to buy the wood. I decided on birch multiplex, which has an impressive visual effect. Gluing it together and soldering the wave trap was as easy as you might expect, even for me as a complete beginner. Once everything was dry, it was time to sand them and put into the speakers.
Right at the moment when I connected the Needles to the old JVC system, my wife came home. Because the speakers were going to be a surprise, she didn’t know what they were going to look like! The first thing she said was, “They sound really amazing, but they look totally sh***y in this room!” She thought they were too big. ;)
So it was back to the website again and again, looking for something to go with the RS 100. The RS100PC was what we decided on. Once again, the assembly wasn’t too hard because there were just a handful of parts. I decorated the RS100PC with foam rubber. I was able to use the same wave trap for the RS100PC as for the Needles, since Udo says the differences are so minimal that it won’t cause any problemst.
And now for the sound!
The Needles are (were) really amazing! It’s tremendous what can come out of such small things. A beautiful bass, clear mid-range and clean high notes – everything you need for listening to music. Even after listening to them for a long time, they don’t become invasive or annoying – nice consistent music!!
The RS100PCs really blew me away. In the spot where they’re set up now, the two little guys are developing a sound that it’s hard to believe is really just coming from them. A really good bass, super mid-range and high notes, and a beautiful spatial representation. When you’re sitting in the stereo triangle with your eyes closed, you feel like they’re actually two really big speakers, and you’re right in the middle of the action! To be honest, I don’t know how to describe the sound – you just have to hear it for yourself. I’m very impressed, and my wife finally is too. Because no matte what kind of music you listen to, it just sounds great. We do sometimes need to close a few dropped jaws whenever friends and acquaintances are visiting and my wife shows off “her” loudspeakers! ;)
All in all, I can absolutely recommend building both assembly kits. They’re the perfect “gateway drug”!
The loudspeaker assembling kits "RS 100 PC" and "Dayton-Needle" are available at Intertechnik