Cherry: Poised Between Darkness and Light

Cherry: Poised Between Darkness and Light


In many ways, cherrywood is all about the idea of balance. The fruit of the cherry tree is both tart and sweet, the best berries allowing both savors to complement each other without either predominating.

The cherry tree does not grow as high as some trees that do not bear fruit, and the tree seeks an accommodation between the twin goals of growth and fruit production. That slower growth results in a wood grain that is dense and strong. When used in the construction of the Site:1 speaker, the wood provides an elegantly balanced sound that straddles the divide between light and dark, bass and treble, with gorgeous midtones that allow the listener to truly hear the music as it was intended to be heard. I personally feel that Cherry has a solid "note separation". However, don't take my word for it, here is one of our customers and how SHE sees (well, hears) it.

"I have now had my Site:1 speaker for a week and am enamored with it. My formal schooling was as a classical musician. Therefore, I chose the cherrywood speaker because it resonated beautifully in the tessitura of those instruments that I favor: the french horns, cellos, and the English horn. However, the other instruments are also well represented with perfect clarity and balance. You can hear the richness of overtones in the harmonic series. That is what is interesting about each of the tonewoods. In my opinion, different types of music can be heard to one's taste."

DSC_1101-481977-edited.jpgThe beautiful grain patterns and color are attractive in many decors. The wood’s density and strength create a uniquely balanced tonewood.  This translates to a more articulate projection of midtones, preserving the integrity of the original output and producing a cleaner sound.  By avoiding any favoring of bass or treble, listeners experience a mellow ambiance many seek. 

Why trees have evolved as they have over the millennia is an interesting back story to the nature and quality of wood.

Cherrywood is prized for its satiny texture and tight, straight grain lines.  Light plays a key role in lending character and beauty to Cherrywood.  Cherry is one of the more photosynthetic hardwoods, as it darkens with age and when exposed to UV light, taking on a deep, rich, red-brown color over time. Taking your Site:1 out and about in the bright sunshine can accelerate this desirable natural process, further contributing to the individual appearance of your Site:1.

Cherry trees bear fruit that animals love.  They contain nutrients and, importantly, sugar, a readily accessible fuel source.  But this fruit production is demanding of the trees’ infrastructure – energy that is used to create tasty fruit cannot be used to grow as high as a competing species that doesn’t bear fruit.  This means that a cherry tree will not grow as quickly as other species, and that the resultant wood is denser with closer growth rings.  Princeton AudioThe weight of the load of fruit places structural demands on the tree too.  It must be strong enough to bear this additional load, resulting in wood that is tough and dense.  Cherry trees have somewhat more horizontal habit as it seeks both sunlight and space for fruit to grow; these horizontal loads and multiple branches create less uniform grain patterns and frequent examples of figure in the wood.  Taken together, these forces have a role in understanding why cherry looks and behaves as it does.

What matters is your reaction to the look and the sound of the Site:1.  And we hope you love what you see and hear!  But as practitioners of Craft Audio, we thought you might enjoy knowing the back story on this tonewood.  It reaches out its branches, colored by the sun and the passing years, all to offer its balanced tart sweetness to the world.