It’s my old friend Dan’s fault, this one. Back in the 1990s, when he and I were sharing a house in Dalston, we shared the living room with a ginormous pair of 1970s speakers that he’d picked up a few years previously, second hand. They weighed a tonne, they had tweeters in little cages sitting on top of the main cabinet, and they had massive Kevlar woofers. They filled the room, even when at low volume.

I’ve never known speakers quite like them before or since. Although a couple of years ago I treated myself to a pair of KRK Rokit’s which, whilst a fraction of the size, sit in front of my on my desk, one either side of my monitor, flooding me with near-field audio bliss.

This month’s badge is a homage to the woofers I’ve loved.


If you would like one of the February #SAE badges, and you live in the UK, then all you need to do is post a stamped, self-addressed envelope to me at 78 Holmesdale Road, TW11 9LG. Please make sure that you correctly stamp the one you send to me if your package is greater than 5mm deep, and you will want to use a Large Letter stamp on the return envelope as the badges are about 7mm thick, and please mark it “February”. There are still some of the previous badges available too.

You can find out more about the #SAE project here.

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