yNews Releasez


March 28, 2001

Egg-Shaped Speakers and Power Amplifiers for Home Use
"Time Domain Audio System ECLIPSE TD" making a fresh debut

The ultimate pursuit of original sounds in the sound source, for accurate reproduction of details of the artistfs emotion from the pianist's touches to the vocalist's breaths

[Photographs]
Group photo: (from left) "A502" , "512" ~2 , "508PA"
Feature photo: "512"

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED (head office located in Kobe; led by president Takamitsu Tsuchimoto; capitalized at 5.3 billion yen) is pleased to announce the market debut on April 20, 2001, of the "ECLIPSE TD" Series. The product consists of the Egg-Shaped Speakers, based on the time domain theory and designed for the ultimate pursuit of original sounds in the sound source, for accurate reproduction of details of the artistfs emotion from the pianist's touches to the vocalist's breaths, and the Power Amplifier that maximizes the fine performance of the oval speakers. The speakers are capable of reproducing a realistic sound stage and thus present themselves as an exciting part of the DVD 5.1-channel home theater systems that are making a boom today.

The new products can be ordered on the Internet (starting on March 30) using the "ECLIPSE TD Net Order System (URL = http://www.eclipse-td.com)" (or from authorized retailers).

All customers making a reservation during the reservation campaign period from March 30 to April 19 will receive a campaign give-away present (ECLIPSE TD original cleaning cloth) as a token of appreciation.

The company will introduce Brian Eno as its advertising character on the catalogs and websites. Brian Eno is a famed musician, producer, and visual artists from the UK. He happens to be the producer of the "Beautiful Day" by U2 that won three Grammy awards for 2001.

yList of ECLIPSE TD componentsz
Component name Model Price (wo/tax) Release date Monthly quantity
12cm speaker (x1)
512
\100,000
April 20
1000
Amplifier
A502
\100,000
April 20
200
8cm speaker (x2)
+ amplifier
508PA
\100,000
April 20
1000
Speaker stand (x1)
D1
\35,000
April 20
200
Note: The products are for sale in Japan.

"Want the real sound of a live performance" is the ultimate wish of all audio and music living people. The ECLIPSE TD, based not only on the traditional audio theory built on the frequency domain but also on the time domain theory targeting the reproduction of the time domain, is a new system with full attention to the reproduction of the original sound as accurately as possible. The listener can enjoy nearly the live sounds with precise reproduction of the artist's emotion such as the pianist's touches and the vocalist's breaths.

The new system is capable of reproducing a realistic sound stage and thus presents itself as an exciting part of the DVD 5.1-channel home theater systems that are making a boom today.

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, committing itself to providing "exciting sounds" for the music lovers, has won a global sympathy from the users of its car audio systems. By introducing the ECLIPSE TD, we hope to provide even more exciting sounds and provoke a sound revolution among more people, which will help create and foster a new musical culture.

Though the sales are initially limited to the domestic markets, we hope to make the new systems available to the people in Europe and North America as soon as necessary preparations are completed.

yMain featuresz

Speakers

New Product having eggshell construction

Conventional product



1. Designed according to the time domain theory for the accurate reproduction of the original sounds as faithfully as possible, including the relation positions of the instruments, their width and depth, and even the artist's breaths.
Proposed by Mr. Hiroyuki Yoshii, president of Time Domain Co., Ltd., the time domain theory represents an audio theory consisting of three speaker variations (egg-shaped, cylindrical, and horn types). (The cylindrical type was introduced in the market in July 2000 by Time Domain Co., Ltd.)

The conventional audio theory mainly addresses the frequency domain in flattening the reproduction limitations and characteristics from low to high sounds, and in minimizing the distortion factors. The time domain theory focuses on the frequency domain as well as the reproduction of the time domain.

The "sound" is the "vibration" of air. The time domain theory is so named as it is an attempt to reproduce the time process from the generation of the vibration to its extinction (the process of a sound waveform) accurately and make it as close to the original sound as faithfully as possible. The ECLIPSE TD reflects a number of measures to reduce unwanted vibrations and reflected sounds caused by various factors so as to embody the time domain theory.

2. Vibration reduced by a floating structure using a diffusion stay
Unwanted vibration and reflected sounds are caused by, among others, the way the speaker unit is fitted directly to the enclosure (speaker box). As the vibration in the speaker unit is transmitted directly to the enclosure, the original sound waveform is affected by sounds unrelated to the authentic musical signals.
To avoid the adverse effect, a new supporting system was developed for the ECLIPSE TD. The new support contains five stays, extending inward in an elbowing manner from the grand anchor, that support the speaker unit. The adverse effect was eliminated by adopting the floating structure in which the speaker unit does not contact the enclosure.

3. Ideal piston motion by a scaffolding that adopts a grand anchor
Unwanted vibration can be prevented by separating the speaker unit from the enclosure. However, this would also eliminate the scaffolding needed for converting the musical signal into a piston-like motion (reciprocating motion) of the diaphragm. The ECLIPSE TD uses a massive, conical grand anchor connected to the back of the magnet of the speaker unit. This rugged scaffolding provides an ideal reciprocating motion.

4. A unique design featuring an egg-shell construction that reduces the reflective sound while enhancing the decorative quality
Another cause of the reflective sound is the shape of the enclosure. When subjected to sound pressure, the conventional enclosure with a flat structure tends to cause the wall to vibrate and generate internal standing waves. A round baffle was once used to correct the problem, but failed to remove the internal reflective sound. The ECLIPSE TD uses a unique egg-shaped form that is highly rigid and thus prevents standing waves. This form effectively eliminates the resonance caused by the internal sounding waves or reflective sounds caused by the bouncing on the outside of the enclosure.


Power amplifiers

Various measures are incorporated for the speakers to reproduce the original sounds as accurately as possible:

1. Only the minimum necessary output to maximize the characteristics of the speaker unit.
2. Simple electronic circuit design.
3. Elimination of the tone control and the equalizer than disturb the phase characteristics.
4. A curved design that eliminates the effects of the change in sound pressure in the room and a unique design that enhances the decorative quality.


yMethod of salesz
Sold via the ECLIPSE TD Net Order System

1. Ordering method
Orders are accepted at the authorized stores or directly on the Internet (URL http://www.eclipse-td.com).
Note: Orders not accepted from i-mode or other cellular phones.

2. Testing
Testing is available at authorized stores (about 30 stores as of March 2001).

3. Delivery
The ordered products will be delivered within a week to 10 days.
Note: Orders accepted during the reservation order period will be shipped on or after April 20.

4. Method of payment
Cash or credit on delivery.
Acceptable credit cards as of March 2001>
Debit cards, JCB, VISA, Master, Orico, Saison, OMC, Kyodo, Kokunai Shinpan, Mycal, Diners (or their affiliated cards)
Note: Payment by credit cards are executed for the entire amount on the first settlement date.
Note: Payment by credit cards is restricted to the service areas of the NTT DoCoMo cellular phones.


yECLIPSE TD Net Order Systemz

Potential customers can test the product and get technical advice at an authorized store before placing an order at the store (acting as an ordering agent). Potential customers without an authorized store in the neighborhood can order directly on the Internet.

Advantages for all three parties
(1)Customer:  Unlike with ordinary orders placed on the Internet, the customer has a hand-on
experience of the product and receive technical advice and follow-on service
from the store.
(2) Store: Can reduce purchasing, inventory, distribution and other costs.
(3) Maker: Can reduce distribution costs and distributor construction costs.

yStart of reservation ordersz
Friday, March 30, 2001

yStart of sales (first shipment)z
Friday, April 20, 2001

yReservation campaignz
All customers making a reservation during the reservation campaign period from March 30 to April 19 will receive a campaign give-away present (ECLIPSE TD original cleaning cloth) as a token of appreciation.

yOutline of Timedomain Corporationz
1. Company name Timedomain Corporation
2. Location Takayama Science Plaza 8916-12, Takayama-cho, Ikoma-shi,@Nara, Japan
3. Capital 10,000,000yen
4. Representative President Hiroyuki Yoshii
5. Foundation September 1997
6. Employees 8
7. Business Line Research and development, manufacturing and Sales of@Timedomain audio systems.
8. Home Page http://www.timedomain.co.jp/



ySpecificationsz

12cm speaker "512"
Unit 12cm full range
Input resistance (rating/max.) 30W^60W
Impedance 6
Efficiency/sensitivity 81dB^W-m
Reproducible frequency band 45Hz`20KHi]10Bj
Maximum dimensions 286iWj~373iDj~363iHj
Mass (per speaker) 12.0kg
Unit anti-magnetism

Material
Unit Cone paper Glassfiber sheet
Center cap Polypropylene
Edge Rubber
Enclosure Polyethylene t=10mm
Diffusion stay Diecast aluminum
Stand Diecast aluminum + resin
Grand anchor Iron
Absorber Cotton

Amplifier "A502"
Rated output 30W~2chiT.H.D.=1%j
Input impedance 10K
Input sensitivity 265mVrms
Load impedance 6 min.
Reproducible frequency characteristics 10Hz`100KHzi|3dBj
Harmonic distortion 0.05% max. (at 1KHz, 1/2 rated output)
Power consumption 42W
Maximum dimensions Body: 187ivj~167iDj~197iHjmm
Power supply: 215(W)~183(D)~97(H)mm
Mass Body: 3.2kg
Power supply: 2.5kg

8cm speaker and amplifier combination "508PA"

Speaker
Unit 8cm full range
Input resistance(rating/max.) 12W^24W
Impedance 8
Efficiency/sensitivity 79dB^W-m
Reproducible frequency band 65Hz`20KHZi-10dBj
Maximum dimensions 191(W)~236(D)~221(H)mm
Mass (per speaker) 2.0kg
Unit anti-magnetism

Material
Unit Cone paper Paper
Center cap Paper
Edge NFR
Enclosure Foam polypropylene t=7mm
Diffusion stay Diecast aluminum
Stand Diecast aluminum + resin
Grand anchor Iron
Absorber Cotton

Amplifier
Rated output 12W~2ch (T.H.D.=1%)
Input impedance 10K
Input sensitivity  200mVrms
Load impedance 8min.
Reproducible frequency characteristics 10Hz`100KHzi-3dBj
Harmonic distortion  0.05% max. (at 1KHz, 1/2 rated output)
Power consumption 20W
Maximum dimensions Body: 159iWj~142iDj~158iHjmmAC adapter: 130(W)~92(D)~67(H)mm
Mass Body: 1.5kgAdapter: 1.6kg

Speaker stand "D1"
Maximum dimensions  300(W)~250(D)~600(H)mm
Mass (per speaker)  31.0kg




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