Posted by Dr Karen McComb.
Graeme Shannon and I had the privilege of being at Bowers &Wilkins while the final touches were put to our newly designed subwoofer, and it was tested and made ready for shipping to Kenya.
It was fantastic to be there seeing it all take shape, watching it being put through tests in the B&W anechoic chamber and tweaked to obtain a flat response on those all important low frequencies, and finally hearing it broadcasting an elephant rumble. It sounded fantastic – and well qualified for its name “the Ngurumo”, which in swahili means “the sound of thunder”. The whole team at B&W joined forces to allow us to meet our deadline, with Stephen Entwistle staying admirably cool and focused at the centre of operations. Graeme managed to get the loudspeaker to Heathrow for shipping with minutes to spare. He is now in Nairobi awaiting its arrival. We feel sure the elephants will be impressed – and will be able to report back on this shortly!