My own interest in air speakers started whilst researching for the dissertation on my degree, around 1994.
The dissertation was on the audible effects of electronic distortion so it was in a related field and I came across
the article in Acoustics and Vibrational Physics (full ref here), a 1960's text book
that mentioned a few short paragraphs about corona wind loudspeakers. Up to this point I was totally unaware
of this method of sound reproduction. I photocopied the article and kept it to one side while I finished my
Once in gainful employment I returned to the article and decided to start my own experiments and also research
the background to them. This was back when the internet was young so a lot of material was not present and
good old fashioned research methods using things called books and papers was the only slow and steady method
available. As a result I think the research was a bit more thorough and I have many references not mentioned
elsewhere on the web today.
I have a background in conventional analogue electronics, digital design and computer programming. My
strong audiophile interests meant that I had always dabbled in building and designing audio amplifiers and
speakers. I didn't have much knowledge at the time of high voltage circuitry or the behavior of discharges,
plasmas or charged gases. The project has provided many hours of interesting research and experiment that I
would not otherwise have had the opportunity to look into. The rest of the site contains most of the results
of my research, this section is about my journey with experimental projects.