Epos Loudspeakers is a part of FinkTeam which in turn is an adjunct to Europe’s premier loudspeaker design consultancy, Fink Audio Consulting. Fink Audio Consulting create many speakers across a wide range of markets and prices. Loudspeaker manufacturers hire us because of our expertise, experience and extremely well-equipped simulation and measurement facilities. But we are the extension of many speaker makers own R&D teams. So much of our work is confidential. Only if the client elects to mention our involvement are we credited.
When we began, in 2014, designing loudspeakers for ourselves, we envisaged it to demonstrate our capabilities and as an internal reference. Then we were loudspeaker engineers, not loudspeaker manufacturers – that changed with the successful introduction of the first three Fink Team Models. WM4, Borg and KIM.
In 2020 we purchased the Epos Loudspeaker brand from its then owner Michael Creek. To us restarting EPOS could only mean re-creating the most famous model, the ES-14. This was a 2-way speaker in a fairly big cabinet and classic looking cabinet, to be used on a stand that could be made for it.
The team consists of a number of specialists, all with an interest in music and hi-fi.
Karl-Heinz credits his success of owning Europe’s most successful acoustics design consultancy to being lazy.
He uses his brain to solve a problem rather than manual labour. He detests carrying out the same job repeatedly, which has driven a massive investment in design, modelling and measurement computers and applications. But as he will admit, when pushed, the actual investment has been in people – The Team – and ensuring that the Team can fully utilise and understand the output from this investment.
For over 30 years, Fink has developed award-winning solutions and products for clients worldwide.
Norbert is the heart of the FinkTeam project and leads it internally. As a master carpenter with more than 20 year’s experience in High-End cabinets Norbert manages our wood shop. He also runs production and co-ordinates the quality control. He is also a member of the acoustic team and the listening panel. Plays bass guitar and loves funk music.
Markus is one of the leading vibration specialists in our industry with a solid scientific background and long experience in all sorts of materials. He runs the cabinet simulations and is responsible for the research programs within the team. His research is the basis of all our cabinet constructions. Loves headphones and High-End in general and riding one of his many push bikes.
Payam Darvish is our Klippel Nearfield Scanner specialist and on top, he does a lot of general acoustic measurements. He is also flexible enough to deal with CAD, helps Nicola on simulations and knows how to get our 3D printers to work. Plays piano and recently started to play guitar.
Nicola is the brain behind our simulation work on drive units. He runs our COMSOL department with a lot of creativity and always tries to find new and better solutions for magnets, cones and surrounds. He is constantly learning new things to improve his knowledge – and he has a somewhat hidden passion for horn speakers.
Bernd is part of the woodworking team, but does also a lot of the speaker assembly and testing before they go out to the customer. Every speaker that leaves from the production line goes through his hands.