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The Vapor Audio Experience
We encourage all of our customers to go through a consultation with a member of the Vapor Audio staff, often the designer himself. We aim to meet all of your needs and expectations and build not just another speaker from our lineup, but a unique peace art designed to fit your decor, tastes, and preferences. We will bring our years of knowledge and experience to the design process to ensure that your speaker looks and sounds like something you have never experienced before. Don’t feel intimidated whether you are new to the industry or a stalwart figure in the audio community, we can help you through the process either in person, via email, or over the phone; whatever you are most comfortable with.
After you have decided on the model, features, and finishes we will put together a spec sheet and start either preparing the appropriate veneer from our inventory or acquiring the veneer if it is not something that we stock. We like to stock pile some of the more rare and unique veneers as some logs are once in a lifetime logs, but we have networks to acquire almost any wood veneer. We pride ourselves on offering some of the finest wood finishes in the industry. After a final set of specs are set, the assembly process can begin.
We try to keep as many cabinets ready for veneer in our shop as we can to reduce turn time, as this is the most labor intensive portion of the process. Once an order is received, we will either reserve one of our pre-laminated cabinets for your build, or place the order in queue in the order it was received. Our speaker builders are artists and craftsmen to allow us to execute such unique creations out of wood and other more exotic materials with consistency and unequaled quality. We use the latest and best available manufacturing techniques including: stacked ply lamination, CNC cutting, pre tensioned multi-layer panels, constrained layer panels, veneer splicing and bookmatching, and many other trade secrets that go into building our very unique speaker models. All of the assembly and finishing takes place in the United States by caring artisans.
We offer many different grades and types of finish, often deciding what to use based up the surface to which it is being applied. Due to dry times of these various different products, quality control, and temperature and humidity changes this can be one of the more time consuming stages in the process. It can take anywhere from a week for a matte finished sprayed conversion varnish to over a month for a properly done wet sanded and hand buffed piano gloss finish. We will be open and honest about these times during the consultation process, and keep you aware of any changes in your builds timeline as is progresses.
Quality Control and Shipment
Every pair of speakers that leaves Vapor Audio has already had extensive break-in, multiple measurements, and critical listening before it is boxed and shipped to it final home. We pride ourselves in delivering a consistently world class product from the standpoints of sound, finish, and quality. After all of these quality control tests are done, and a final silk glove inspection, waxing, and detailing, the speakers and stands are carefully packed, palletized, and shipped insured to their final destination. After the hundreds of hours that go in to each labor of love, it almost hard to see them go. But we know they are going to be appreciated and admired for many years to come.