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DESCRIPTION JPH09182180
[0001]
Related applications: U. S. Patent Application Serial No. (C.T. Welsh 5) was filed at the same time.
[0002]
FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to audio systems, and more particularly
to speaker systems.
[0003]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION In many portable multimedia computer configurations, such
as laptop and / or notebook personal computers (PCs), it is desirable to have high quality sound.
Many of these laptop PCs have a built-in speaker system. Unfortunately, the sound quality from
these systems, as is well known, is not sufficient due to the lack of compliant air volume which is
the prop from the speaker system for quality sound. Traditionally, good quality sounds have only
been realized using so-called desktop peripheral speakers. The use of such speakers is
undesirable because they are large, not easily stored or transported. In addition, the speaker
system has historically been in the form of a cuboid for ease of assembly and manufacture. It is
necessary to enlarge the shell due to the required amount of compliant air volume, and thus is
aesthetically unacceptable, so it is intended to be installed on the display of a laptop PC
Unacceptable for some speaker systems. Also, such large speaker systems can not be easily
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stored and / or transported during travel or for use in laptop PCs at certain remote locations.
[0004]
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The problems and limitations of conventional speaker systems
used in laptop PCs are overcome by using a speaker that includes an enclosure having a unique
shape. The speaker can be easily installed behind the laptop PC display and can also be easily
removed for storage and / or transport. In addition, the enclosures of the speaker system
physically couple them into a compact package so that they can be easily stored, for example, in
a briefcase, for use during travel or at remote locations And / or are designed to be able to be
transported. This connection of the loudspeaker enclosures is achieved by using a loudspeaker
enclosure having first and second legs configured L-shaped. In conclusion, the speaker
enclosures are placed on top of one another and partially locked to form a relatively small
compact package.
[0005]
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a loudspeaker 100
and a loudspeaker 101 coupled to one another in a locked position to form a compact
arrangement in accordance with the present invention. Each of the loudspeakers 100 and 101
comprises a unique speaker enclosure, ie the enclosures 102 and 103 respectively will be shown
more clearly later, and the enclosures 102 and 103 will be shown in FIG. (Not shown) and an Lshaped body having a second leg 105. The desired L-shape is obtained by the upper surface of
the second leg 105 and the back surface of the leg 104 forming approximately a right angle (90
°). It is obvious that the angle between the legs 104 and 105 does not have to be exactly right.
As shown, the bottom surface 106 of the loudspeaker enclosure 103 is facing upward. Similarly,
the legs 105 of the speaker enclosures 102 and 103 face each other in the coupled, locked
position as shown. In addition, the height of the legs 104 above the top surface of the legs 105 is
substantially equal to the thickness of the legs 105. In one embodiment, the height of the legs
105 is 3/4 inch. The locking mechanism is described below in conjunction with FIGS. In one
embodiment of the present invention, the resulting compact configuration is 7 inches long by 4
1/2 inches wide by 1 3/4 inch thick. Thus, it will be appreciated that when the speakers 100 and
101 are coupled and in the locked position, they form a compact arrangement that can be easily
stored and easily transported.
[0006]
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FIG. 2 is a top view of a pair of loudspeakers, as illustrated in FIG. 1, including shells coupled
together in accordance with the present invention. Elements similarly numbered to those of FIG.
1 are again not described here.
[0007]
FIG. 3 is a side view showing the speakers 100 and 101, whose shells 102 and 103 are coupled
together and locked in accordance with the present invention, as shown in FIG. Elements
similarly numbered to those of FIG. 1 will not be described again here.
[0008]
FIG. 4 is a side view showing the speakers 100 and 101, wherein the shells 102 and 103 are
separated prior to being coupled and show a portion of the locking mechanism. Elements
similarly numbered to those of FIG. 1 will not be described again here. Each of the loudspeaker
enclosures 102 and 103 has the same coupling and locking features. The locking slots 401 are
shown on the inner surface portion of the legs 104, which act as "detents" for the locking
mechanism shown in FIG. 5 and described below. Each side of the leg 104 has a similar locking
slot 401, with a total of four such slots 401, two in the leg 104 of the loudspeaker enclosure 102
and two in the leg 104 of the loudspeaker 103 You should be careful. Thus, as shown, the
locking slots 401 are on the opposite inner surfaces of the speaker shell legs 104.
[0009]
FIG. 5 is a top view of the circled portion of FIG. 4 showing one of the locking mechanisms. In
particular, a locking slot 401 is shown, which acts as a detent for locking the tab 501 on the
other speaker shell, which shell is to be coupled via the locking slot 401. As indicated above, the
locking slot 401 is on the inside surface of the leg 104 and the locking tab 501 is on the inside
surface of the leg 105 as shown. It should be noted that both locking slots 401 are on opposite
inner surfaces of the loudspeaker shell leg 104. Similarly, the locking tabs 501 are on opposite
inner surfaces of the loudspeaker shell legs 105. As a result, the locking mechanism is hidden out
of view.
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[0010]
Loudspeaker enclosures 102 and 103 are in a coupled, locked position and are hidden from view
when they do not protrude outwardly in either the coupled or uncoupled position. Thus, when in
the coupled or uncoupled position of the loudspeaker enclosure, there are no projecting elements
of the locking mechanism. In operation, the tabs 501 snap to 401 when the speaker enclosures
102 and 103 (FIG. 1) are coupled together so that they are locked in place. As mentioned above,
the slots 401 are on both sides of the legs 104 of the loudspeaker enclosures 102 and 103, while
the locking tabs are on the ends of the legs 150 of the loudspeaker enclosures 102 and 103.
Thus, as shown in FIG. 5, the four locking mechanisms are necessarily identical.
[0011]
Although a locking mechanism as shown is preferred, it will be apparent to one skilled in the art
that other similar locking mechanisms could equally be used without departing from the spirit
and scope of the present invention. In addition, it is desirable that the resulting arrangement
appear as a rigid structure without gaps or the like, but when the speaker enclosures 102 and
103 are in the coupled, locked position, it is absolutely necessary to the invention It should be
noted that it is not a translation. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that other similar
arrangements can be devised without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
[0012]
Brief description of the drawings
[0013]
1 is a perspective view of a loudspeaker having a shell which is coupled together and locked
according to the invention.
[0014]
FIG. 2 is a top view of a pair of loudspeakers having shells coupled and locked together according
to the present invention.
[0015]
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FIG. 3 is a side view of the speaker enclosure coupled and locked together according to the
present invention.
[0016]
FIG. 4 is a side view of a portion of the locking mechanism, showing the speaker enclosure
coupled together and locked immediately before it was separated.
[0017]
5 is a top view of the circular portion of FIG. 4 showing one of the locking mechanisms.
[0018]
Explanation of sign
[0019]
DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 100, 101 Speaker 102, 103 Body 104 1st leg 105 2nd leg 106
Bottom surface
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