Desktop-TL   Shelf speaker as in Hobby Hifi 1/2015

Technical data
  • impedance: 8 Ohm
  • sensivity (2,83V/1m): 77 dB
  • size (HxWxD): 282 x 100 x 282 mm
  • frequency range (-8dB): 45 - 33000 Hz
  • crossover frequency(s): Hz
  • speaker type: transmission line

Desktop TL is a small transmission line compact box that employs a ScanSpeak wide band driver, the 5F/8422T01. This box has been developed by Bernd Timmermanns.

The transmission line is built up from little wooden boards sawed at right angles, without diagonal cuts. The crossover sits outside on the rear of the enclosure, and for this reason we do not provide terminals.

The crossover consists of two LRC notch filters wired in series. They equalize the baffle step and a membrane resonance at 7.5 kHz.

Between 70 Hz and 20 kHz, the frequency response of this loudspeaker is suitably flat at a 30 degrees sideways angle. A drop occurs at 470 Hz, the transmission line's resonance frequency, but this should not disturb. For a wide band driver, the decay spectrum is excellent. At low volume, i.e. 80 dB at 1 m, nonlinear distortion is extremely small.

An excerpt from the Hobby HiFi review

"In practice the Desktop TL shows off the typical abilities of a transmission line speaker such as a wonderfully clear bass with fine resolution and astonishing extension. Fat beats as in Marla Glen's "The cost of freedom" come through authentically and provide for real fun, as does an audiophile double-bass like in the Yuri Honing Trio's "Walking on the moon". Voices sound clear and natural with splendid resolution of their fine overtones. "Grandma's Hands" by Livingston Tylor reveals a diversity of vocals which only very good loudspeakers can render so effortlessly. At the top, a potent and colourful treble is radiating, not at all overdone, but with finest resolution. The hi-hats of the O-Zone Percussion Group sizzle in an authentic fashion, the lightning cymbals truly sound metallic. Concerning space, the musical performance comes with a surprising width. Space gets illuminated to its entire depth. Solo voices appear far in the foreground, as they should, and they come clearly separate from the instrumental background. There is no muddiness. We hear the degrees of width and depth with everything distinctly in its place. For listening at your desk, at the usual distance of some 50 to 70 cm, the sound presscure capabilites of the Desktop TL are entirely sufficient, and ten watts of amplifier power for each channel will absolutely serve. So the upper limits of its output abilities are kept at a distance, with a proper safety margin. We experienced no situation where the speaker appeared dynamically overloaded."

Our kit consists of

  • ScanSpeak Fullrange 5F-8422T01
  • PE sealing tape, 5x2 mm
  • Damping Sonofil 100 x 35 cm for 20 litres
  • 0,5m Speaker cable 2x0.75 mm2, transparent
  • Pan screws 3.5x17 black, cross recess, 4 pieces
  • Grille circuit board LP/RA140,
  • Plan for DIY kit

the crossover components (right),
to be mounted on the PCB
  • Mundorf, electrolytic capacitor, unetched, 6.8 uF / 70 Vdc
  • Mundorf, electrolytic capacitor, unetched, 15uF / 70 Vdc
  • 0.7 mm air core coil, 0.033 mH
  • 1.0 mm air core coil, 0.47 mH/0.32 Ohm
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 5W 6.8 Ohm (blue-grey-gold)
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 5W 22 Ohm (red-red-black)

Kit without cabinet, price per speaker   EUR 85,00 excl. VAT: € 71.43 / $ 82.14

Kit with high-end crossover

The high-end kit comes with high-value MKP foil capacitors instead of electrolytic capacitors. The inductances are baked varnished coils for minimizing microphonic effects. - The current flow through the coil creates a magnetic field which sets the reel of wire in motion. This motion induces a voltage in the coil which adds itself to the signal. The stiffer the reel of wire is, the less the signal will be altered. - In the high-end kit, top quality damping materials are used. The circuit board comes with additional binding posts that have short screw threads.

  • Audaphon MKP CAP Superior 6.8 uF / 400 Vdc
  • Audaphon MKP CAP Superior 15 uF / 400 Vdc
  • Mundorf baked varnish air core coil BL71, 0.033 mH
  • Mundorf baked varnish air core coil BL100, 0.47 mH/0.32 Ohm
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 5W 6.8 Ohm (blue-grey-gold)
  • Metal-oxide resistor, 5W 22 Ohm (red-red-black)
  • Damping fleece MT Bondum 800 (30 x 50 x 2 cm)
  • Damping 10, 970 x 470 mm, adhesive
  • Binding Post PK9, gold plated (one pair, red and black)

Kit with high-end-crossover without cabinet, price per speaker   EUR 120,00 excl. VAT: € 100.84 / $ 115.97

Impedance correction

If you want to use a valve amplifier with this speaker an impedance correction should be employed. In this case the component quality is less important; therefore, we offer only one kit (upon request higher quality components are available).


Price per impedance correction for one speaker, to be mounted on a small wooden board.     EUR 1,65 excl. VAT: € 1.39 / $ 1.59

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