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Curious 2-Year-Old Destroys World’s Best Tweeter

Halfway through a review of Focal's Solo6 Be monitors, my son, Nicholas, poked a hole through the tweeter.


Robert Archer · January 19, 2010

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Notice the destroyed tweeter on the speaker on the right

A lot of installers can relate to this. A new piece of gear is installed into a client’s house and not long after the installation, a curious set of hands decides to play with that gear and destroy it.

Focal Professional recently sent me a set of Solo6 Be monitors. Halfway through my review, my two-year-old son, Nicholas, got ahold of the shiny boxes flanking my iMac.

He climbed on top of the computer to get a closer look at the speakers and poked a hole through one of the tweeters. And this tweeter isn’t cheap, it’s arguably the best tweeter on the market: Focal’s Beryllium tweeter.

Unlike Jason Knott’s daughter, who helps install his electronics, my son destroys electronics.

Needless to say I was quite embarrassed to inform Focal’s distributor, Audio Plus Services, about Nicholas’ handy work. Thankfully, the staff at Audio Plus Services — John, Daniel and Peter — was understanding about the situation and has sent me a replacement tweeter. 

Never underestimate kids’ curiosity. I thought I had the speakers in a secure place, but I’ll have to take extra measures to ensure the safety of future gear.

Nicholas took his sister’s remote stunt one step further. All I know is that after Nicholas, there won’t be any inquisitive toddlers roaming my house who want to seek and destroy.

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The tweeter destroyer



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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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