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The best speaker you ever heard?
No, he did use it, just not when he swapped in the Pass and ARC gear
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Personal speaker evolution
Cal Hi-Fi house brand 3-way, 12", bought as part of a complete system in 1968 for $500 EPI 150, new, ~$200-$300 ESS Heil Towers, new, $ ? Yamaha NS-1000 (new, $1,000--what . . .
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What does one purchase after owning horns?
Excellent post by Lrsky. There are so many elements to music reproduction and each of us will choose to combine them and prioritize them differently. Which is why asking which . . .
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Acoustic Zen Adagio, How Good Are They?
There were in fact three rooms with Adagios in them
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Anyone hear the Caravelle speaker and not like it?
TWL, is it possible to hear this speaker anywhere, i.e., are there any dealers
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Tube Friendly Speakers - Down to 30Hz - $3000?
Would the Vandersteen 3A Signature need more power? Because I think you'd get your bass extension with them. Ugly, yes, but a great value because you are not paying for cabinet. . .
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DK Design Group X-Dream - wow
Larry BOUGHT DK Designs? Golly
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Gilmore Audio planars revealed
I heard them in two rooms at CES. Unfortunately, I had not seen this thread or I would have given them a more serious audition (on-axis). Their size and appearance make them . . .
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Why the obsession with the lowest octave
Great post, Mitch4t. I've heard it said that a lot of the information that communicates the size a recording venue comes from the very deepest bass
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WILSON AUDIO/ cost vs. value
I am looking forward to hearing the new WP8 in LA this weekend. With their current ad campaign, I think Wilson is trying to build a brand with similar attributes as those enjoyed . . .
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Dunlavy SC4 Speakers
I have the SC-III.A, which is the final cabinet design and model name for the Athena-Aletha-Cantata series. I've been mulling upgrades (xover resistors to start, plus the binding . . .
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New Von Schweikert VR SR4 mk11 Cream or Crap ???
I was able to listen to the Salk HT3 this weekend. And
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Any bad experience with wilson audio sasha w/p?
I think that Bo's native tongue is not English, so let's please cut him some slack
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Zu on Zu
It took me several weeks to understand the Zu sound, but once I did... kck, can you elaborate on that a bit? Just for the sake of stimulating discussion, let me put this . . .
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First Order Crossovers: Pros and Cons
I don't have the technical chops to make a great contribution to this discussion, but my understanding is this: first-order crossovers confer benefits in terms of maintaining phase. . .
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RMAF Loudspeakers?
I was just going to say...I think AN should be a serious contender for you, Tvad. I am sympathetic to the change you seek, and I wonder how hard it will be transition from the . . .
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Speakers free of grain, glare and steel?
I'd put Harbeth on your list
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Current Trends in multi thousand dollar speakers
Sean, are the response graphs you refer to from JA's measurements? Aren't those in-room and not anechoic? From the year or so I lived with TacT room correction, I know that big . . .
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How to get the impact of a live concert?
Live jazz in a good club can give you the impact Ecruz is talking about. Here in the Bay Area, the two Yoshi's clubs are fine-sounding rooms with excellent Meyer Sound systems. . . .
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Another Zu Thread
Lay off of Bartokfan, guys
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KEF LS50
They have a surprisingly similar sound; in a blind test, I'd bet some lesser audiophiles couldn't tell them apart
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Best speaker in the US $ 30-45.000,00 range
I find it amazing that in the last 4 + years, not one pair used on the Gon. I wonder how many pairs there are extant
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Omnidirectional speakers. The future?
Doesn't Bang & Olufsen have something new in this area? The little buzz I've heard suggests it is legit audiophile stuff, not standard B&O fare. I would love to hear a pair of . . .
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RMAF 2008 - Your impressions,...
No Green Mountain at the show that I saw
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Why do Harbeth speakers have such a cult following
There a bit of truth and a lot of BS in what you say, Audiozen. But mostly it's just an unfair misrepresentation of Harbeth and its fans
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Has any one heard Magico Speakers?
And I'd like to know what you think of their performance at low listening levels
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We have a Winner -- Major "MINI" monitors
Anyway I agree that the best way to determine a products real worth is how many and how often they come up for sale You're joking, right
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GMA Callisto VS. Merlin TSM
I find this issue of making all of one's recordings sound good very interesting. It is something I look for in components, but probably would not were I a reviewer or designer. . . .
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Quality issues with Tekton speakers....
Only in group settings. We used to call it a circle jerk, but in the era of social media, it's more commonly called a Groupon
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Stereophile claims about Magico
Mileage sure varies. I think TAS has very little meat these days. They've gone in the direction of the lame Fi magazine that many of them were part of, and it's sad
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What are the specs of a full range speaker?
I've heard speakers that are rated at +/- whatever from 30-20K that do not *sound* full range to me. They reproduce deep bass but without the *weight* I associate with truly full-. . .
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Reference 3A line updated
Tubegroover, in what way or ways do you find them not completely neutral
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Cat-proofing your speakers...
One of our cats likes to chew on cables, the more expensive the better. I'm having some moderate success with strategic, upside-down placement of deep pile carpet protector . It. . .
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Best Floorstander Under 10K?
What's wrong with your Harbeths
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About the new Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy 8
You know, there is always someone who dumps their [whatever] for the latest [whatever]. Always. It means nothing. And another thing: In my experience with high end components, . . .
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Can Vandy's get along with cats?
As I think I mentioned in another thread, one of our cats likes to chew on cables. A far costlier problem than speaker grills, but to be safe I have never installed the grills on . . .
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Rat Shck Presidian 40-5053. Next Sonic Impact?
>only a single 1 Microfarad capacitor on the (+) tweeter lead, so the mid-woofer is running rull range. This makes them a similar design to Reference 3A. First-order crossover, . . .
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Has anyone heard the Magico Mini?
I believe they are $20K while the Wilsons are $28K
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Best affordable amp for Thiel CS3.6
Tom, I wonder how the Theta Dreadnaught would do. It's not too pricey if I remember
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Best Late Night Low Volume Speaker
Quads. IME, I disagree with the Harbeth recommendations
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Harshness in tweeters: the price of transparency?
Kurt, have you ever tried a pro audio speaker, especially an active design? I think Shadorne is on the right track with his reasoning and recommendation. Have you ever lived with. . .
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Zu Druid IV - the real deal?
People often post about being impressed with a component right out of the box, and then state their expectation for even greater things once they get however many hours on the . . .
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Who has the oldest speakers?
My Quad ESL 57's have 4-digit serial numbers and date from the early sixties
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Thiel 2.3 vs 2.4
David, that seems a disproportional response. Personally, I appreciate Cinematic's posts in this thread and welcome his point of view. (Just as I appreciate your posts and your. . .
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Is harmonic accuracy and timbre important at all?
I agree with Plato that harmonic and timbral accuracy are not all there is to compelling music reproduction. I'm sure they are the most important aspects for many people, myself . . .
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Speaker Spikes - do the shake test
One thing to be mindful of as you experiment is that any change you make in the height of the speaker or its rake angle will affect the sound
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Where do you go after a Dynaudio C1 ?
I had C1's for a couple of years. The comments about the new version performing better at low volume are very interesting. What changes did they make that resulted in that . . .
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Daedalus DA-1: How Good Are They?
Lou, while you go about establishing a dealer network, do you have plans to show your wares at any upcoming audio shows, such the HE in Los Angeles in June or the Rocky Mountain . . .
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Attention Thiel CS3.7 owners
A friend drives 3.7s with Parasound JC-1s. The combination sounds pretty great to me and is, comparatively speaking, reasonably affordable
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Thiel 3.6 to Eggleston Andras II
I applaud you for re-opening this thread and letting us know about your change of heart. Doesn't surprise me, I must say
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Anyone Switch from Electrostatic/Planar to Dynamic
I owned Quad 57's for many years before moving to dynamic speakers, of which I have had a succession: Avalon Eclipse, Spendor 1/2, and now ProAc 2.5. Despite upgrading all other . . .
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Revel Performa 3
Any of you who have auditioned both the F206 and F208 have observations regarding their sonic differences? All things equal, I'd prefer the 206 not for its lower price but for . . .
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Sexiest Speakers
Were you paid to post this
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Is the Accuton driver that good?
Rtn1 wrote: Combining a ceramic mid with a Kevlar woofer seems to be a great combination. Add a diamond tweeter, and one is capable of the most extended, pure, and angelic top end. . .
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Best sound at Stereophile show.
I thought the Viola room was pretty impressive myself
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I am stunned
I don't mean to throw cold water on this good discussion of the merits of biwiring, but if I read your post correctly Liguy, the jaw-dropping experience you had was when you first . . .
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Ridge Street Audio Sason Ltd. Loudspeaker
Robert, is the Pure Connect Direct™ speaker connection your own design? I'd love to see a picture of it
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Stereophile review of Escalante Fremont
But looking at the Fremont, you might expect such a graph. It has the Revelator tweeter and one big, honking woofer. Isn't that pretty much the recipe for a large dip in the . . .
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Are Harbeths really "all that?"
I've had two unsatisfactory experiences owning Harbeths, yet they continue to appeal to me every time I hear them at shows or a dealer's. So I'm about to make a third try. (This . . .
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Are Harbeth S HL5's As Good As Reviewers Claim?
Very warm. Not transparent to what comes before them in the chain. Not highly resolving. Tweeter is fair, not great. Dynamics not great. Can be boomy in some rooms/systems. . . .
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BEST LOW VOLUME FULL RANGE SPEAKERS?
Of the three pairs of speakers currently in my living room, both the Thiels and the Green Mountain Europas do a good job at low volume (the Europas are best). The Harbeths--not . . .
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Which is Best loudspeaker in the $1000-1200 range?
a total consensus among audiophiles Good one
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best speakers for vocals?
Harbeth may not give you the front row perspective you seek, but I think they do vocals spectacularly well. There's a human-ness, a real-life-voicebox quality to singers, which I . . .
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Raidho C1.1
Me too
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Any new up & coming high end speaker lines?
These are under your budget, but what about Vandersteen 5A and Egglestonworks Andra II? Neither is exactly great looking, of course. And what about the latest Revels, or do you . . .
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H.P.Caravelles owners, are you still Satisfied.
Yeah, especially that "wide mouth spigot" thing, Really makes me want to hear the Definitions
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Klipsch love them or hate them.
Careful about that! You know what happens around here when the boyz think there might be a female audiophile in our midst
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Thiel 3.7
Shari's husband was tranferred and they had to move, not too far but far enough to make for an unpleasant commute. That's the official story, anyway. She has gone to work for our. . .
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Transparency: What speakers have it in spades?
This thread is a riot. Can you all be even *remotely* on the same page in what you mean by "transparency"? Given the recommendations, I don't think so
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Midrange Better Than Harbeth or Spendor?
Not a ribbon tweeter but a form of the Heil AMT if I'm not mistaken. Bcollins, what is it about the Harbeth and Spendor midranges that is to your liking
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WILL THE NEW 60,000 AVALON ISIS BE THE BEST YET?
Avalon speakers have very high labor content, too. Have you looked at the cabinetry? But it's the cabinetry that contributes a large share of the cost to dynamic speakers, . . .
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For those who "sold" Dynaudio Evidence speakers
IMO strong systems don't do anything badly but still only really nail a few elements of live music so we have to decide what brings each of us into the music most effectively. . . .
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$20k top, full range speakers?
If you like the looks of the Thiel 3.7 (some do, some don't), they're quite a bargain and do well at low volume. Are Quads a possibility? Because when it comes to low-volume . . .
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Comparison of Thiel CS2.4 vs. Vandersteen 3A Sig.
I power mine with Krell, yes with the "harshest" of amps through the "harshest" of speakers. Can you imagine? Oh the humanity! LOL... very good
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Which speakers excel at low volume?
The Europa's need stands and sub, don't they? By the way, thank you everybody for your responses in this thread. Good discussion. I'll have more to add in a little while. --Dan
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What's wrong with my almost new speakers?
Another reason someone might be reluctant to specify the product in question is that, regardless of the eventual outcome, it can create a negative impression for the manufacturer. . . .
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Reference 3A Grand Veena
I also really liked them at RMAF. Divergent had another room with a newer Ref 3A model (downmarket from the Grand Veena), which I did not care for. Would have been nice to hear . . .
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Thiel 2.3 vs 2.4 the real difference
Tim, care to tell us a little about the Linkwitz Orions
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A Bright Pair of Watt Puppys
I don't think your room is too small, Lee. And driver excursion varies with design -- some woofers never move, others flap at the least provocation. Your Hales sound a lot . . .
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Flat Anechoic Measured Frequency Response Speakers
Looking at the measurements for several speakers I know well, it surprises me how similar many of them are. For example, Dynaudio C1 and Thiel 2.4 look quite similar (and both . . .
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Warmest speaker?
Harbeth speakers are warm to my way of thinking
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I need help from GMA Europa owners
I have experience both with the Europas, which I currently use for HT, and the 1.6's, which I had in my main system for a while nearly two years ago. They are both great speakers. . .
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Can I get "Great" used speakers for $1800??
The Thiel 1.6 is exceptional (extraordinary IMO) and should come in under $1800. Needs good associated components
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New Acoustic Zen Adagio loudspeakers
What's special about this speaker
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The Richard Clark "all amps sounds the same" test
Mr T., what if the veracity of the claim was demonstrated TO YOU beyond doubt, such that the only conclusion you could draw as an intelligent and reasoned person, is that the . . .
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SHOW attendees: please post speaker reports here
I liked both the Magico Q5 and the Maggies, though the Maggies were, uh, magical during only one of my three visits to that room. Others I enjoyed: Evolution Acoustics, . . .
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GMA Europa owners, what amps do you use?
I also use the Panasonic XR45 with Europas in a 2 channel HT setup. It sounds wonderful
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KEF LS50 Need Help
I think that for what you are looking for, you should go in a different direction from KEF. Perhaps a PSB or Paradigm floorstander in your price range, which will get you more low . . .
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I love my Vandersteen's but . . . . . . . .
Since everyone has a different opinion here, I'll add mine. I do think you should first try a different amp and see if more power does the trick. But if you decide to move on, I . . .
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Do Physicists Or Musicians Design Better Speakers?
I agree with Newbee. Best is probably an engineer who loves music and pays attention to what it sounds like
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Do they make Speakers For Rap/Rock
You might take a look at Meyer Sound products, the high end in sound reinforcement speakers these days as far as I know. I believe the Glacier Audio network sells them. It's also. . .
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GMA Europa discontinued?
I beleive that a new edition of the Europa is being introduced. Maybe your seller kinda stretched it a bit to create interest. Roy will get back to you I have no doubt
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Best all around box speaker between 15K and 25K
I wish we'd stop using the term "best"
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Revel F208s vs Cremona M vs B&W 803/804 D
In what way or ways are the Revels not musical for you
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Opinions - Best Sound at T.H.E. Newport 2013 Show?
It was a great show for me. Not so sure about all of the exhibitors, but hopefully good for them too. There were a lot of rooms I liked. Of course we all like different things . . .
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driving Verity Audio Parsifal Ovations?
The Bel Canto integrated is a so-called Class D amp, so the weight comparison is not strictly valid
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From Vandersteen 2CE to Devore Gibbons 8 or Focal
I can't get over the 825 miles in one day. That's a lot of driving
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What beats the Evolution Acoustics MM3 ??
It is worth the effort: Frequency response is flat (in a extensively treated room) Not sure I'd want to live with that. A gradual downward slope is what sounds most natural . . .
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What speakers should I consider around $5000?
Eventually with threads like this, every product on the market gets recommended. So I will add my suggestions. :-) The KEF R series (R700 or R900) are at or below $5K and will be. . .
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Does this speaker exist?
I'm ready to sell the Dunlavys, let me know if you want to have a conversation about it. Zenblaster -- I have a pair of the LS50. I don't think they're quite what I'm after, but . . .
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Devore Nines and Daedalus Athena comparison?
I've been looking at Daedalus for several years, really like Lou and the Athena is just the right size for me. But at shows, I always find them to sound too soft on top (same with. . .
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Bybee Speaker Bullets?
While I don't profess to know what makes these things or the Walker HDLs tick, I think the two are fundamentally different and not two approaches to the same thing. In response . . .
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Why magic at 80 db?
What were your previous speakers? Some, like Quads, do a better job of delivering the goods at low volumes than others do
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Speakers after GMA Europas
Sure they do: first-order crossovers, time- and phase-correct
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GMA Callisto feedback Green Mountain Audio
Can anyone comment on the comparison of the Callisto and the Europa? Also, are both speakers using the same drivers
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Totem Model 1 Vs. Hawk
How well do these various Totem models perform at lower listening volumes
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Dunlavy SCIV - What amp are you using?
I have SC-IIIA's and am running them with a current model Spectron Musician
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what speakers demand high end electronics
Of all the speakers I have owned, I feel that Harbeths were the least fussy when it came to amplifier pairing. (Another way of saying this: Harbeths are less transparent to the . . .
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How do Dunlavys compared to new stuff?
I purchased new old stock SC-III.A's about a year ago, replacing Dynaudio Confidence C1. I had never heard this model but I did hear the Aletha at CES several years ago and I've . . .
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Monitors to replace Dynaudio Confidence C1's
I own C1s and have owned several different Harbeths. If you can find one to listen to, I think the new JM Reynaud Duet is quite interesting. Coming from the C1, the bass will be . . .
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Best Small Speaker System You've ever Heard
The Magico Mini needs to be mentioned here as does the Dynaudio Confidence C1
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Harbeth vs. Tyler
Some Harbeth models do have a slight midrange dip. I'd love a serious audition of Tyler speakers because many people, not just Bartokfan, are enthusiastic about them. Maybe . . .
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Outstanding Speakers, Outstanding
I too was knocked out by the Caravelles at RMAF. The stands are too odd-looking for me to be comfortable having them in our living room. But Robert Maicks and Tom Lyons told me . . .
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Anyone in Vegas listen to the Gilmore speakers???
I missed the live bass performance, but what you say jibes with my impression of the Gilmore-based systems as sounding more like a PA than like a stereo
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looking for upgrade suggestions - 12,000 to spend
To start, I would use the No. 39 as a transport and add a DAC, such as the Dodson. I did just that myself and I feel it is a big step up. After you do that, explore the TacT RCS . . .
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Von Schweikert VR-33
They are both towers but beyond that, I don't see much similarity in design or intended market
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Wilson Audio- The rest of the story
I should have said 4-5 times markup from manufactured cost to end user. That's pretty much standard I believe
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Dali Helicon 800 Mk2 are stunning ?
How big an improvement is the 800 over the Helicon 400
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REL is dead. Long live REL
Interesting. Should keep them competitive on price. Digital amplification seems a no-brainer for subs
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Vienna Die Muzick flagship speakers
Sumiko did a demo of The Music at the Palo Alto Magnolia a few months ago. Not my cup of tea at all, but I'm looking forward to hearing them again at RMAF this weekend
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Harbeth sound with high wife acceptance factor?
Great report, Ctkeene
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Thiel CS3.7 and CS2.4 comparisons?
>I almost walked out with a pair of Magnepans 1.7 Is the 1.7 shipping
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Marten Coltrane Alto speakers
penible
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Request to hear Zu speakers
And I'd like to hear them in the SF Bay Area. (Sorry Joe, don't want to hijack your thread
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Good ROCK speakers
It seems peculiar to me that everytime one of these threads gets started, and there have been many, everybody chimes in with suggestions for speakers I doubt any of you would have . . .
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$6000 budget question
Have you listened to any of the more recent Revel models? Would seem a obvious choice to consider since you like your current ones. Or are you wanting to go in a different . . .
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Dynaudio Sapphire vs Revel Studio2
Great report. If you haven't done so, you might want to take your amp in and see how the two speakers sound with it. Better yet, arrange to bring the speakers home for a . . .
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What should be the first component when upgrading?
I agree with Tvad
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Very short speaker cable length recommended?
Sean used to argue against the conventional wisdom of long ICs and short speaker cables, reeasoning that the "stronger" signal from the amp is better suited to a long run. . .
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What great speakers can buy direct?
Fritz Speakers
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Harbeth P3ESR vs Fritz Rev 5 vs DeVore Gibbon 3XL
I've owned 4 different models of Harbeths and the P3ESR is my favorite. It is magical. But if you like a big sound and a decent effort at bass, it might not be the best choice
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Give up on Thiel 3.6 or try another amp again ?
I don't think he ever said he wanted a warmer sound
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What do you currently own as loudspeakers?
Does Audiogon charge you to use its forums for your marketing research, Larry? Would be better to put this into a survey with Survey Monkey or something and point us to it. Just . . .
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Revel Studios for half price?
Man, this is some great reading
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John Dunlavy may not be with us much longer.
As far as we know, he's not dead, Tony
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Dynaudio Confidence C1 broken & Cap question
Maybe you can persuade the new owner of the LS6's to sell them back to you. Even if it costs you a little, sounds like it will be worth it
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Plastic ring over tweeter opinion
They're just trying to conserve precious server space. I mean, you know how expensive hard drive storage is
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Anyone hear Thiel CS1.6?
Crushes it how? You'll certainly get more warmth and more apparent bass from most Spendors, but you'll never get as much detail and resolution and image specificity as the 1.6 . . .
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Amp for Dynaudio C4
I'm getting excellent results using a Gamut amp with my C1's
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Proac 2.5's-something not quite right- ideas?
Ben, I had 2.5's for a couple of years. There was much to love about them, but I always craved greater clarity and resolution, and always found the bass, while powerful, was too . . .
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Rock and Roll System
I think the ATC suggestion is an excellent one. Another possiblity: speakers from Meyer Sound. This is pro gear and it seems to be what goes into every high-end sound . . .
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Speakers for the party system
I think the PSBs would be an excellent choice
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adagios vs veenas
Scrolling through the forums, I read the title of this topic as 'audiophiles vs. vegans" I like it
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After Quad ESL's?
I had the 57's for about 15 years and have been through a succession of speakers since then. I am now breaking in a pair of the Harbeth Super HL5. I have been impressed that, In . . .
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What amplifier for Harbeth HL-5?
I agree about them being easy to please. I had very good success with Nuforce and Harbeth -- rich, detailed, textured, present
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AVALON Indra ??
Wonder if was "Written by Neil Patel"
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Best $4000-$5000 loudspeaker
I own the Thiel 2.4, but if you like the Thiel sound, you might want to explore getting the 1.6 with the small Theil sub, or some other sub. The 1.6 has better low-volume . . .
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Sonic Differences Between 2-Way and 3-Way Speakers
Great comments everybody. While I agree (I think we all do) that a single driver is the theoretical ideal, the points that unsound and seandtaylor make are what I was looking for . . .
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Dunlavy SC-IV vs. Aerial 10T characteristics
Nice review, thanks piezo
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Rock and Roll Speakers
The Bound for Sound review a while back of PBN speakers made me think they might be a worthy contender for rock and roll. Good thread, and good luck. Let us know what you . . .
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Revel Speakers
Regarding the F series versus the new Performa3 models, I'm a bit skeptical about the change. Certainly it's possible that the new models are an improvement, but the Performa 3 . . .
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Any other Sony SS-AR1 owners out there?
Audiozen, you could stand to learn some manners. feel sorry for those who took the plunge have to spend well over $20K to get an outstanding performing speaker. That thinking is . . .
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Owning too many speakers
Man, reading this is cathartic...I thought it was just me. I had three pairs in the living room until a couple of weeks ago, now just one + the Europas in the home theatre. But I. . .
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Best speakers ever 4 small room?
Speakers from any of those brands will work well, though maybe not all models in the line. Some of Harry Pearson's listening rooms are (or once were) ridculously small for the . . .
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Sealed Loudspeakers?
Are any of the Avalon designs still AS? The original Eclipse, Ascent, Radian and I think the Monitor were all sealed
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Zu Tone/Druid Tonal Anomalies
These things really need equal distance between speakers and listener, with extreme toe in pointed directly at the listener. Does this mean the Druids are decidedly a one-. . .
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Avalon: are new models quite better than older ?
Does anyone know the history of Avalon wrt who designed which models? I know that Charles Hansen, now of Ayre, did the Ascent and Eclipse. The next products were the Monitor and . . .
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Thiel replacements
How long have you had the Thiel's, Kevin? From your post, I can't tell if you have been happy with the speakers but have soured on them, or if they are a new addition and are not . . .
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Are NHT VT2.4's harsh, or is it just me?
It's often a balancing act between detail and fatigue-free sound. I understand it's possible to get it all, but it hasn't yet happened for me
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Alternatives to Dunlavy speakers?
I'm thinking I might do just that, JD
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Gershmann speakers: Underrated or just average??
If you knew what
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Do these speakers exist?
I'm sure you've looked at Green Mountain. Impedance does dip a bit below at some frequencies, but you can definitely drive them with your 20 watt SET. I would not rule them out (. . .
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Green Mountain Audio at RMAF
They had display models only of those two. The Callisto and Contiuum 3 (in two rooms) were the only live demos as far as I know
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Has anyone ever switched to Harbeth
I went from Harbeth to Dynaudio, if that helps. And then I bought another pair of Harbeths (the little ones), but still have the Dynaudios
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My Line Arrays and Dynaudio monitor - where to go
I have C1s and, when I first got them, also had Nuforce 9SE v2. I thought the two were not a good match and I sold the Nuforce. You may feel differently, and perhaps v3 will do . . .
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Moon I-3 and Totem Forest?
There's also a speaker break-in trick. Connect your Forests out of phase (so, reverse the leads going to ONE of the speakers), place them face-to-face right up against each other. . .
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I want profoundly better bass
I'm guessing that profoundly better bass doesn't necessarily mean speakers that go lower. Have you done any measurements of your system in your room to identify what's going on? . . .
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My M20s were humbled
But you can stay with a two-way design, just get more bass extension by buidling it into a larger cabinet, can't you? And what do you give up? Warren, why do you say they can . . .
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Speakers that sound like Thiels on steroids.
The Thiel subwoofer has been out as a home theatre piece, but the electronics to use it propoerly in a two-channel system are not yet out, that's my understanding. When it's ready. . .
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Noob Planar Speaker Advice Needed
Maggies are not satisfying at low levels, so like me, if you use your system for long periods at background levels (in between actual listening sessions) you probably won't be . . .
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What to fill Skylan stands with for Harbeth SHL5s
Why is kitty litter "ridiculous?"
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Harbeth C7 vs Proac D25 Review
Remember The Fly? I'd like to take my Harbeths and my Thiels and combine them at the molecular-genetic level. Sonically, that is
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Upgrade from Spendor BC-1: need ideas
So what did you end up doing, Aktchi
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How come that when most audiophiles
Interesting topic, twl. I would like to hear a speaker like yours to better understand what you are talking about. At last year's Home Entertainment show, I spent quite a bit . . .
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Von Schweikert VR-4sr MKII or Wilson Sophia
Better to choose the speakers you like and then change the amps if you don't like the way the Nuforce sound with them
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Forgiving, musical speaker....
Older PSB is a good idea. Maybe something from Green Mountain Audio. The new VSA VR-22 has my attention, though I'm not sure it's as forgiving as you want
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Any ideas in speaker choices would be great
...and end up regretting it
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Yamaha NS1000M Help, Advice, PLEASE
Wow, great to read this. I bought a pair new in 1975 or 76 for I think $1000, maybe it was a little more. I sold them about two years later and got Quad ESLs. As a young and . . .
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What Happened to Thiel?
I spent about 4 hours with a pair on Saturday and I think they are gorgeous. By far the most handsome speaker Thiel has produced (which isn't saying much), but far, far better . . .
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Break in period
I don't know what the mechanism is, but I have had experiences similar to Dopogue's, particularly with cables. And with the Avalon Eclipses I bought in 1995, which were so . . .
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Harbeth Experts
If you haven't already, you should visit Harbeth's web site, which is excellent. There is also a user forum, accessible through the web site, which addresses your question in . . .
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Speakers for small listening room
Do people consider 11 x 18 a small room? Seems mid-size to me and certainly big enough to handle a floostander. (I've heard rumors to the effect that HP's pirmary listening rooms. . .
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Recommendation - Ref 3a, GMA, NHT or Fritz?
Interesting list, not sure you can go wrong with any of those, especially since you have plenty of power. Any way to try them out before committing? I think Fritz offers a 30-day . . .
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German Physiks - A huge "wow"
How expensive are they
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Sub for 2 channel music only setup
Xti16 said: Personally I stay away from the 'R' series. Can you say why
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Anyone compare Devore and Harbeth speakers?
Just curious, what do people mean when they say "dry"
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Spendor S9e or ProAc Response D28
I have to wonder if your source components might not be the problem here. You play your movies from disks, I take it, but all of your music comes through the Squeezebox. Its a . . .
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Stereophile Review of Quatro Wood
I hear you. What I wondered about was why they even bothered to review this speaker since Fremer had reviewed the sock Quatro a while back. Is it that different? I suppose he . . .
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Biwired-Dunlavy V- Bass reduced why?
i suggest you try a jumpered, single-wire configuration with your new cables and see if that makes any difference in the bass. This means you put the jumpers in and connect both. . .
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Is There A Moveable Base To Easily Voice Speakers?
One of my audiophile fantasies is to have my speakers move by remote control. Imagine being able to adjust, in tiny increments, forward and backward, side to side, and toe-in. . . .
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Harbeth Owners - What do you think?
Wow! I have a pair of HL5s coming shortly (should be very different from my Thiels). Y'all can come over and listen
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Thiel speakers... one more try
Just the other day, I listened to a Robert Rich CD on my Thiel 2.4's. Robert Rich is "space" music (e.g., the TAS Hearts of Space CD from some years back). It sounded . . .
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Great soundstaging speakers = 2k
Yeah, what was wrong with your previous choices
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Best speaker for rock music
Avalon's webiste is perpetually out of date is just all around lame-o
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An audiophile in Chicago .....
Gibsons -- good choice! Blows away the hugely overrated Morton's
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Anyone listened to PSB Synchrony Ones?
Jgwilson (and anyone else), what can you say about the differences between PSB and Paradigm? They seem so evenly matched but I'm sure they have different family sounds
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Verity Audio
Congratulations. Sounds like you are clear about what you liked and are on your way to making the choice that's right for you. Don't let any of these knuckleheads talk you out of. . .
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Two Subs Vs. One
Assuming budget limitations, would it be better to go with one big sub (e.g., Rel B3) or two smaller subs (R205 or B1
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Reference 3A Decapo "i" sounds shrilly
A somewhat forward, perhaps "shouty" midrange is a common criticism of the the decapo i, which I used to own. You should be able to tame it with various approaches . . .
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Anyone seen or heard new Thiel CS3.7
I find it less unattractive than some other designs I can think of, like those things Musical Surroundings is selling, or some of Green Mountain's offerings, or the Gilmores. Can'. . .
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Aleph 5 + Dunlavy 4
The Aleph amps are not bass champs whereas Krell is. And the Dunlavy may have less *apparent * bass than your PSBs. I also think you need more power than the Aleph 5 for your . . .
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Dynaudio, Devore Orangutan, or Harbeth
I have owned the Dynaudio C1 and also several pairs of Harbeths. One comment I will make is that Dynaudio need a fair bit of power (more than either Harbeth and especially DeVore) . . .
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Survey:What Speakers Do You Want To Demo in Store?
KEF, Harbeth, Revel, Vivid, Joseph Audio, Vandersteen, Audiokinesis, Daedalus, Aerial, Paradigm or PSB. If you had all of those lines, I'd fly in and stay for a few days
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Preferred Amps for Magico Mini II?
You guys are all in BAAS but I don't know who you are
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Rel Strata III versus Rel Britannia B3
Valinar, how do you like the Dynaudios? As good as the S'phile review says they are
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Contribute to best speaker count.
This is a totally irresponsible post on my part: Marten Design Coltrane Acapella Arts Violin
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An Extraordinary Find
Dodge, I wonder if you have heard the new Vandersteen Quattro. SInce you like the 5A, the Quattro might give you that sound at $7K. Not to take anything away from the Fried, . . .
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my Talon Khorus sounds bad
There you go, a stand-up manufacturer. Let us know what happens, will you
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Dunlavy SC VI's...
The traditional Dunlavy placement is along the long wall, but that may not be possible for you
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Vapor Audio - Dagogo- Nimbus White speaker review
Vapor1, will your speakers be at either AXPONA or Newport? If so, which models
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Recapturing the JBL L100 Century
I was fortunate back in the 70s, had a decent job. This allowed me to buy a pair of brand new JBL L-65 Jubals, MUCH better speakers than the L-100s. I drove those with a Marantz . . .
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Revel Salon 3?
A different industrial design would be welcome. The current Studio and Salon are non-starters in my home. And I say that as someone who would be okay with one of the Vivids, or the. . .
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California Audio Show 2012
Agree with you about Audio Note. Their rooms pretty much always sound the way this one does -- unfailing in communicating the music and connecting you with it, and without much . . .
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Tonian Labs TL-D1
I'm jaded too. I've had them for a week and a half: My goodness. Oh my. I'm done searching. How long until you eat those words? But I am happy for you, seriously, and I hope. . .
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SP Tech Timepiece 3.0-Dynaudio C1 comparison?
I think their Timepiece Mini's will best the C1's in bass response and dynamic range. That could be, but my C1s deliver remarkable bass for their size, down to 30Hz or below in . . .
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Von Schweikert VR4 SR IV
And every one of them being passed through a horn speaker. Assuming there is sound reinforcement involved
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Speaker cable for Green Mountain Audio Callisto
Isn't the amp equally as important, if not moreso, than the speakers in making this cable decision
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Vandersteen Quattro review in Stereophile
What is known about the 5a Signature
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Looking for a romantic sounding monitor
Reference 3A Dulcet or MM diCappo may fit the bill. Very easy to drive
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Sensible Sound's annual speaker recommendations
Well said, Zaikesman
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Speakers for EL34 amp: $1,500 - $2,000
+1 on the Harbeth P3ESR. I drive them with a PrimaLuna Prologue 5 fitted with EL34s
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Help me emulate the best speakers I've heard
"Succulent" is a marvelous descriptor for (midrange) sound. I'm surprised I've never heard it before. Bravo, Rpfef
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conundrum
Maybe the dealer's room is poor. Or there was something wrong with his setup. Regardless, can you get a loan or either or both pairs of speakers and do an in-home audition? That. . .
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Looking for new speakers?
That KCS Seas Exotic looks really interesting
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Compact 7ES-3
You have to hear these speakers (all of the models mentioned above) before making a decision. Or do what I do, alas, and rotate a bunch of speakers through the house (thank you, . . .
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Dynaudio sub with C1's
I assume you are running the REL off your amplifier's speaker terminals? Much better than a sub-out connection. I run a REL R205 with C1s and, while I know the 205 is too little . . .
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Harbeth SHL5 vs Dynaudio Special 25 vs...
I also have SHL5 and I think, Wshuang, that you are simply not going to get bass from it at the level of your Dunlavys. You may be able to improve what you get from the Harbeths . . .
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Reaplce Thiel 3.6's Tweeter
As a Thiel owner, I absolutely agree with Pops: your first move should be to try copper cables and to take the Chang unit out of your system
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Rives PARC or Tact 2.0 AA for room correction?
The TacT does its correction in the digital domain, so it has to either get a digital signal from your source component or convert an analog signal into digital. If you use the . . .
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The New GMA Callisto is one good looking speaker..
I think they're ugly, sorry to say (so are my Europas, which I love, but I've learned to live with them, just not in the living room). But I am impressed by this little item in . . .
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are there 2-ways that go down flat to around 40?
The Thiel 1.6 is flat to about 40 in my room, then falls off a cliff. The ProAc 2.5 has usable bass to the mid-20's in my room
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Minimonitor Choice: Proac 1sc vs. Totem Model 1s
Your problem with the highs on the 2.5's really puzzles me. I have the 2.5's and have never had them come even close to sounding too aggressive. Different strokes, I guess. I'. . .
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KEF LS 50 in NE Ohio?
I have a room sized like yours and the LS50 has stolen my heart, at least for the moment. Just do it
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dynuaudio c-1s in a small 10x12 room?/amppower?
You should talk to member Pwfletcher. He has his C1s in a closet -- literally
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Trying Magnepans, need advice
If your amp is stable for 2 ohms, it's stable for 4
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Who has heard the new Avalon's?
Is this a replacement for the Eclipse Classic? But with two woofers, it's more like the old Radian
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Thiel Cs 3.6. Outdated?
>more important in HT Why do you say that, Ernie
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Aerial replacement for 10T ?
My sense has been that people feel the 8B is sort of a failure, generally preferring the 7B instead. I guess some of you don't agree
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Any thoughts on a Audiogon covention?
I'll be in N.O. week of Mardi Gras
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Best match with Proac Response Series
I have 2.5s and am currently playing with 3 different amps: CJ11a, Pass Aleph 3, and Pass X-150. You know what? The 2.5s sound wonderful with all of them. I wonder if it's . . .
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Vandersteen 3A Sig vs. Meadowlark Osprey
I am a little puzzled by comments above about many manufacturers tilting up the treble on their speakers. My understanding of the conventional wisdom is that just the opposite is . . .
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JA Perspecitve Stereophile review
The sound is very good, not outstanding, as these speakers are missing the bottom 2 octaves (no pun) of bass. Bottom TWO octaves? Unless you are counting the 11Hz - 22Hz octave. . .
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Blade vs S5 vs Avior vs Hansen's Prince E's
News to me that Totem and Joseph Audio sell direct
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Dynaudio, Harbeth, Penaudio or Sonus Faber
Egoben, I'm interested in how you would characterize the difference between the P3ESR and the 30.1. I'm sure the latter goes lower, but are there differences in the midrange and . . .
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Speaker comparisons
I have owned both the Response 2.5 and C1. What floored you about the C1 that you aren't getting from the ProAcs
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Harbeth P3ESR - What electronics are you using?
I've tried 5 amp setups so far: DIY Hypex NCore PrimaLuna Prologue 5 with EL 34's Sanders Magtech Spectron Musician NAD C390DD The speakers sound great with all of these, but the. . .
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improving bass on large floorstanders....
Tgrisham, did you do the Sumiko Master Set yourself or have someone do it for you
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is a rsl a rogers speaker?
You could probably find just those units on eBay, Grant. Why not? See if you can get the satisfaction back! I think a lot of us are searching for a sound we once had with much . . .
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Silverline Face-off: Sonatina II vs 17.5
Agreed, you should definitely leave the sub out for basic comparisons and, especially,for comparing stands and such
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GMA Callisto vs. Reference 3a De Capo i
I have owned both Europas and De Capo i's. I don't think you will go wrong with either speaker you are considering, but they are quite different from one another.The GMA sound is. . .
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Anyone audition the new Thiel 3.7s yet?
A friend has had a pair for about 6 weeks now and I spent around 4 hours listening to them a while back. I thought they sound terrific
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Wilson Benesch Discovery VS Proac D38
apparently not
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Monitor with Portal Panache & Rega Planet?
I matched the Portal with Green Mountain Europas. Excellent pairing, but as Marco says, it's hard to imagine a monitor in your price range that would not be happy with the Portal
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Small monitors good at low listening levels?
I second the Green Mountain suggestion and add that it holds for all of their models, including the $1000 Europas. It's why I bought them
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Questions on Totem Hawks & Von Schweikert VR2
Did you consider moving up the Vandersteen line to the 2c or perhaps the 3A
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Anyone familar with the Swan line of speakers?
Walstib...is that you, Brian
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How to evaluate speakers?
To be a complete simpleton about this, forget about analyzing which does piano better, etc., etc, and focus on which speaker gets you off the most. It's a simple as that. Which . . .
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Thiel - Inventors and Tinkerers All
What can you tell us about the prototypes you saw? Taters, the 1.6 is definitely not tizzy sounding
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replacing Dunlavy SC-IV's
Dunlavy and Thiel share some design philosophies and I believe John Dunlavy has been quoted as saying that he would probably own Thiel if he didn't make his own speakers. Seems . . .
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I adore my Shahinian loudspeakers
Who are those 4 dealers, do you know
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Proac owners......advice please
I have 2.5's in a room exactly the same size as yours. I have no problems with bass dominance and vocals are exceedingly smooth. However, I find the bass a bit loose and not . . .
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Advice on replacing Vandersteen 2's
Thanks everybody. Moving up the Vandy line doesn't make sense since he wants smaller and more handsome. I used to own the Spendor 1/2 and I think he wasn't too impressed (nor was. . .
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Dunlavy out of buisness?
Their Web site has always been poor, ditto their marketing in general, not to mention the industrial design of their speakers. If re-worked, all of these these things could really. . .
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Is it the speakers?
I had Quad 57's for a long time before I (foolishly) started chasing something different with cone speakers. The Quads always gave a decisive read on the quality of recordings; . . .
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new refrence 3a mm de capo
What's the price on the new De Capo BE? Rebbi, I owned the earlier De Capo i's and they were wonderful in the ways you describe. However, I found them a bit too forward sounding. . .
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Harbeth 30.1, odd USA pricing?
While we're at it, I've wondered about the rather large price delta between the P3ESR and the Monitor 30.1
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Focal diablos vs Dynaudio focus 380 PLEASE HELP
$7.5K should be more than enough for buying a pair Confidence C2 speakers which should be much better than the Focus you are considering. I wouldn't be so sure that the C2 . . .
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What amp. to use with Totem Forest?
Actually, at the show the Forests were driven by a new integrated amp from Totem. Far-out looking. I have no idea when it will be available or at what price. The sound was great. . .
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Speaker advice?
Vandersteen 2CE or 3A would make sense. Another thought is PSB Stratus Gold or Silver. All of these will fit your budget (used) and give you adequate bass good performance with . . .
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Report on Harbeths vs. Vandersteens
The tough thing is to find the formula that works for each "audiophile" listener, and find the right people to help point the way to a satisfying aural experience that . . .
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using hokey pucks for isolating speakers from the
Take a look at Herbie's Big Fat Black Dots, down the page a bit here . I haven't tried them but they look promising and not too pricey. He has other sizes, also
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Avalon or ProAc?
I owned Eclipses for several years and was never really happy with them. A lot of factors certainly, including room issues (I could never get satifactory bass from them). I now . . .
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Aerial Acoustics vs. Joseph Audio
I have only heard the Joseph Perspectives on YouTube where their [sic] is about half a dozen videos Jeff taped at the shows including RMAF and Axpona. Jeff did a good job . . .
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Early stages of choosing replacement floorstanders
Plenty of good suggestions, to which you might want to add models from the KEF R series, Revel Performa3, Dynaudio Focus
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Did anyone hear the Zu room at CES/THE 2011?
Not sure I recall ever hearing anyone describe DeVore as bland and boring, or even dis them at all. But that's been my impression the few times I've heard them
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Non-ported sealed cabinet speakers
Any of the LS3/5A speakers, such as the littlest Harbeth
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Dynaudio Confidence C1: looking for speaker cable.
I use Empirical Audio Clarity7 with my C1's and think it's a terrific match. However, as I once read, it may make more sense to call speaker cables "amplifier cables." . . .
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What is the order of rel subs?
And the R series is forward-firing and not ported at all
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Velodyne DD's flying out of owners' houses
I'd like to revive this thread and steer it in a different direction. I have looked at the DD manual online, but it's not clear to me how you connect these subs into 2-channel . . .
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If you had $12,000 for speakers and amp
I thnk there was a typo in Teejay's spec for the Pass X-600. Perhaps he meant to say 1200 watts
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Harbeth Owners - I Need Some Help
I think they are somewhat height sensitive, as most speakers are. The treble balance and depth perspective change some with height, so it's worth experimenting. But 20" . . .
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Proac Response 2.5 vs D25
I'm speaking here as a former 2.5 owner. It's a great speaker, no doubt. I recently heard the Dali Helicon 400 and thought it was mighty impressive at about $4K new
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Anybody hear the Von Schweikert VR-4jr at CES?14
Thiel 3.6's - Stereophile measurements
It is mandatory that your listening position with Thiel floorstanders be at least 8'-10' from the speakers. Otherwise the drivers simply will not blend. This is a consequence of . . .
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Comparing ProAc, Totem, Soliloquy, Tyler
Can anyone with Totem experience comment on this: I've only heard Totmes at shows and they have always been extremely impressive. But Vince has always had them cranked up LOUD. . . .
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I need some speakers identified.
Janis is what I thought but they were late 1970's weren't they
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What JL Subs to pair with Harbeth SHL-5 Speakers?
I would also look at JL's new eSubs. Budget-wise seems like a better match to the Harbeths and the e subs offer the full high-pass/low-pass capability. With two superb subs . . .
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Dynaudio C1 + Mcintosh 275 amp, do they match?
Well, Chip Stern, who wrote a frothing-at-the-mouth rave review of the C1, used Rogue tube monoblocks with them
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Problem with older REL subs & class D amps
You can see a photo of the new cable in this thread at AVS forum. The ground lead now has a male RCA connector on it, supposedly to go into an unused RCA jack, and the standard . . .
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Magico Q3 vs wilson sophia 3
48 square meters is 517 square feet
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best towers for $3000 ?
Paradigm makes towers at that price point
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maggies with bryston 7bssts
Has anyone heard Parasound JC-1s (or A21) with Maggies
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Art Dudley's Audio Note AN-E SPe He Speakers
I heard them at last year's RMAF and it was probably my favorite room at the show. A very different direction from most other manufacturers and not for everyone
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Audioengine speakers
According to the Stereophile review, it's a pair of speakers, not a single unit. I would be especially curious to know how it stacks up against the NHT M-00's
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Yamaha NS-1000M
I owned them for a year or two around 1976-77. Replaced with Quads. I don't think I ever powered them properly and, back in that day, we didn't know about putting them up on . . .
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Zu Druids
My experience with the Gallos is limited, but my instinct is that it would be a poor choice for your situation because it tends toward brightness
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Monitors under $1500?
I think that both ProAc and Aerial have highly-regarded models at around that size. Also, perhaps the Reference 3A Dulcet, or is that too big
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Best Speakers below $1000 for my needs
And still another vote for Europas
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Wilson Benesch ARC vs. other Scanspeak revelators
I don't think the Ref 3a MM Decapo uses the Revelator. Don't see how it could at $2500
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Inexpensive Integrated for GMA Europas
In my home theatre, I drive Europas with one of the Panasonic digital AV receivers. Terrific results in my application, though for music-only, I can't say. Might want more power. . .
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Anybody heard the new Thiel 2.4?
Tom, how are you feeling about the bass you are getting from them
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Red Rose Speakers (From Mark Levinson)
I heard them at the NY store also, just a couple of weeks ago, and I agree they sounded terrific. Very, very neutral and natural and musical. The store mainly plays high-res . . .
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Dunlavy ?????
The final iteration of the Aletha/Athena was the SC-III.A, which I own. The cabinet is a conventional rectangular shape but it's the same drivers in the same configuration
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Daedalus Audio Vs. Kef
What is it about the KEFs that has you looking for alternatives
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Harbeth Speakers
Bob is correct. Go for the current version and as far as ancillary equipment, I don't think anything will be overkill with the Harbeths unless it's something specifically for low . . .
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Accurate human voice reproduction
Rather than an indictment of Harbeth, it may be an indictment of playing NPR through your main system. I never do, so can't say. NPR sets the standard for human voice from the . . .
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KEF Q 900 ....... Any experience ?
Slightly off-topic, I throw this out as a discussion topic, not necessarily a personal opinion: I think we are seeing a wave of new, moderately-priced speakers that are delivering. . .
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How do you use a sub with active speakers
Why do I not want to sum the left and right? Isn't that effectively what the REL does when connected through its high-level input wired to the left and right speaker terminals? . . .
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Out of phase breaking in, Anywone ever hear of it?
I use this technique regularly. Works great. It makes me wish for a preamp with an old fashioned Mono switch, though
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Sonus faber Cremona Auditor and Jeff Rowland??
>I placed my auditor more than 3.5 ft away from the wall and 4ft from the side wall. Conventional wisdom seems to be that these two distances should not be as similar as you have . . .
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Anyone heard the Thiel Subs
I see they now offer 4 subs. The old SW1 is now apparently the SS2. There is a smaller unit (SS1) and two larger ones
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Green Mtn Europa vs. Von Schweikert VR1
Wizard: let me see if I have this straight. You owned the Europas and now you own the VR1s and you want other people to tell you what the differences are between the two? You . . .
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Initial GMA Europa impressions and a few questions
In their fully broken-in state, would you GMA and Europa owners describe these speakers as being forward sounding, i.e., front row perspective? I ask because I have heard so . . .
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Speakers for low level listening
Steve (audioengr), what do mean by a low-impedance amp
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tubes with thiel, meadowlark or revel
Where's Zaikesman? He runs 2.2s with VTLs and says it's a great combo. In fact, I think he has said that Thiel uses VTL as one of its reference/voicing amps. Alex, you're . . .
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Diural's Roman Centurion Spk:Good or already Gone?
I've heard them at the last two HE shows and have been very impressed. They do something magical in the midrange, which must be the diaural xover, right? But I find them . . .
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Dynaudio 25th anniversary speakers
John Marks gives a brief review in the current Stereophile, but not enough info to really get a handle on things except that he liked them very much
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volume/transparency ?
I'd like to take this opportunity to say again that I think listening volumes are the underappreciated X-Factor in audio. If I prefer to listen mostly at lower volumes, this will . . .
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Best New Loudspeakers under $5,000. Focal Aria 900
In that ~$5K range, you'd also want to hear the Revel Performa3 models and the KEF R series. Lots of good choices out there
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Comparing PSB, Paradigm and Revel - your thoughts?
Thanks to both of you. The F208 is announced but not yet shipping, part of a complete revamp of the Performa series
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Totem "Fire" Element series monitors
The new Totem line uses a new driver designed by and manufactured for Totem that is said to solve a fundamental problem with dynamic drivers. It's a very pricey driver, one that . . .
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Buggtussel Speakers - heard 'em?
I heard them at CES and liked them very much, but they seemed a little bright to me (maybe more than a little). Did you notice that Tomryan? Could have been other factors at . . .
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Will YBA Integre DT Match Harbeth Speakers Well?
Harbeths are not exactly chameleons and, in my experience, it's hard to move the needle very far from the Harbeth house sound. But I'll be interested to learn what you discover
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REL Sub T1 or T2 Good Match for Dynaudio Focus 140
Distortion, can you comment on the difference in performance between the R205 and the B3? I'm very interested in that comparison
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Green Mountain Audio Imagos
You've seen this , right
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Jeff Rowland with Rel sub
It doesn't work to connect the REL to the speaker terminals? What happens
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REL Stadium and Rowland 201's setup -HELP
You might want to call Rich Maez at Rowland, see what he says. The 201s use those newish Cardas binding posts that tighten down simultaneously on both + and - spade connections. . .
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Last Speakers Aerial 20T or Vandersteen 5A
Based on Fremer's review of the 20T, your room might not be big enough to get the best out of that speaker. Better try them both in your (very nice) system if you can
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Speakers for Classical and Rock in large space.
How have the speakers you have auditioned so far stacked up against your requirements
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TAS Total Victory Review
The review is also a great read, one of HP's better efforts in a while. I really like it when he struggles with getting a grasp on a component and it causes him to reassess things. . .
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Thiel 2.4 and 7.2 versus 5i
Sam, what was "the other speaker", and which model of Thiel were you comparing it to
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Thiel or Sonus Faber??...Need help please
I am that fellow Audiogoner to whom Zaikesman refers. The Thiel 1.6 is extraordinary. It may not be what you are looking for, but I think his suggestion to look at the current . . .
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YG Carmels vs Rockport Atrias
Two years running, I believe YG speakers were powered by Triode @Axpona. I could be wrong, there so many rooms. Mt10425, Acoustic Zen has been showing with Triode at many shows. . .
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Thinking of putting to rest ESL63 for Harbeth M30.
Can you have both in house for a while before committing, or at least before selling the Quads? Just to be safe
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KEF LS 50
The little KEFs come with two configurations of port-stuffing foam, fwiw
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Yet another Quad 57 Experience
Thirty seconds in, we began to talk about what we were hearing. This is the interesting point, the epiphany if you will. Neither of us would have dreamed of speaking during the . . .
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Attention Verity Audio Parsifal/Fidelio Owners
Art, did you place three Stillpoints under each Parsifal or did you use one their component stands
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Pangea stands?
Is Pangea the AA house brand
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Looking for insight on the Green Mountain Europas
I've owned a pair for a couple of years now. They have mainly been in my video system but have also spent a couple of stretches in my main system. It's a cliche, but these . . .
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vandersteen 5a question
There's going to be a Model 7? I'm kind of sad to hear that. All of us who aspire to own 5A's will now have to consider setting our sights even higher
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Snake oil, subs and alcohol
I'd call this a cautionary tale for the Always Trust Your Ears point of view. So where does the alcohol come in
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1st order crossover?
I don't see why not. 1st order just means the slope of rolloff is at 6db/octave, so the dirver is in fact operating over a greater range than 1000 -2000. That's the tough thing . . .
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Sound of the Dali Speakers Euphonia Line? Help
I heard the Helicon 400 at a dealer a couple of months ago and liked it very much. I would say that it definitely did not sound like metal tweeters. Overall sound was natural, . . .
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Harbeth owners/ speakers rock ?
I am breaking in a pair of the Super HL5's. My early sense is that they are quite versatile and are fine for rock. If I listened primarily to rock, I might not choose them, but . . .
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Air Velocity Transformer: Is This A Solid Theory?
I enjoyed both the Heil room and the Adam room. I hope these products get some momentum
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New Theil 2.4's any opinions
Kensekd, when you say were taken aback when you learned the price, what do you mean? That for about the same price they are nowhere near as good as your 3.6's, or that they are . . .
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Martin Logan Don t Rock
Try to hear the Innersound Eros, an electrostat hybrid (bass is via a dynamic driver in a transmission line). They are $6K new. I had them in the house for an evening a couple of. . .
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Guru QM-10... Anybody Heard Them? More Than Lows?
The Swedish Bose, if you ask me
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Lyngdorf RP-1
You have a very sophisticated system, including a superb analog front end. Do you feel you're losing anything, benefits aside, by adding A-D and D-A stages to the chain, not to . . .
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Has anyone switched from Dynaudio to Harbeth
I switched from Harbeth to Dynaudio, but I could see going the other way, too
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Totem Mani 2 sig vs Dynaudio special 25s
In my experience, the Focus 140's and the Special 25's are very different sounding -- there's hardly a family resemblance to speak of
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Dynaudio S3.4 VS S5.4
Have any of you C1 enthusiasts tried pairing a sub or subs with them? What kind of success have you had or heard about
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Transparency and the two types of speakers
I guess I respectfully disagree with Mrtennis on this. Yes, of course you can warm up a system, but that's not what IO'm talking about. If a speaker is not transparent in the way. . .
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Toe-in for Harbeth M30 in a narrow room?
If you haven't already, you should pose this problem on the Harbeth Users Forum, which you can find a pointer to at the main Harbeth site. Have you played around with your 64&. . .
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REL Subs with H2O Amplifiers
What exactly is a "differential output amplifier"? Which other popular amps are in this category
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Speaker Cables for Thiel 2.4
Cardas is a perennial favorite with Thiel. I had good success with Audience AU24 on my 2.4's, but also with Speltz Anti-Cable and, at the opposite end of the price spectrum, . . .
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Anyone heard Harbeth HL5s with Nuforce?
Harbeths are not all that picky about amplifrication (I have HL5's myself). Plinius has always been a popular combination with Harbeth. You could get a used 9200 integrated . . .
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Thiel CS 2.4 Vs. Harbeth M40?
I have owned the 2.4 and now use the Harbeth Super HL5. I have not heard the Monitor 40 but know that it shares the same Harbeth family sound while delivering a lot more bottom . . .
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Alternatives to the Thiel Outriggers?
I have a pair of Sistrum stands (for floorstanding speakers) that I am ready to part with. Email me if you are interested, uncontop
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Aerial 7bs or Proac Response 2.5?
I am in the throes of making a switch from the ProAc 2.5 to (probably) the Thiel 1.6 Strange, I know, but there you have it. After living with the Thiels, I have come to find the. . .
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Gradient Speakers from Finland: Opinions
Besides Duke, who sells them in the U.S
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Long wall vs, short wall
I'm a long wall fan myself and my understanding is that it is definitely the way to go with Dunlavys. theonly note of caution I would sound is that, with 12 feet total, you will . . .
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Aerial Speakers
Does anyone know of a dealer anywhere in the US who has the 6T and 7T available for demo
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can the VA Beethoven Baby Grands ROCK?
Can you go back for a second audition and take some of that other music with you? If you heard the Viennas at a dealer, you should know that good Vienna Acoustics dealers use a . . .
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Harbeth Radial Driver - How Good?
I moved from Harbeth to Dynaudio, just to balance out the conversation a little
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Silverline's "Prelude" vs. Monitor Audio RS-6
It's nice to hear from these happy Prelude owners. Reading John Atkinson's measurements section in the Stereophile review, it seemed to me like he was bending over backwards to . . .
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ProAc Response D28
"This exciting new model, the replacement for the Response D25..."
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Speakers to replace Proac Response 3's
Why does he want to upgrade? The ProAcs seem like a good choice
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help thiel 2.4 placement???
That should help tremendously. I have my 2.4's a little farther apart then Redkiwi suggests (maybe one foot more) but I also have them toe'd in quite a lot. (I tend to favor toe . . .
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Coincident Super Eclipse and amp power
I've noticed that Wilson speakers, as an example, which have high efficiency specifications, are typically paired with LOTS of power via Levinson or Krell or equivalent. I'm sure . . .
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Uncoloured Speaker for $450
There's a a very readable, useful survey of several small speakers in the latest Listener. The Krix Equinox list for $599 and the authors sure had lot of good things to say about. . .
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AN-J or AN-E with Meishu
I've been flirting with getting AN speakers for several years. I've heard them only at shows -- usually the AN-E, but David Cope was playing the AN-K at the Newport show this year. . .
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Value? Vandersteen model II
Your speakers are definitely not curbside garbage. Whatever is the problem, it's almost certainly repairable by someone, even if you don't care to pursue it. Can you locate the . . .
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KEF Q800ds heads up check yours
Great story
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VSA VR-3 Upgrades. Has anyone done them? Results?
Wouldn't more efficient woofers necessitate changes to the crossover
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JM Reynaud Twin Signatures vs. Bliss/Silver
Are you using the special Reynaud wood stands? They could make a difference. Alos, if you haven't done so, I suggest you chat with Bob Neill at Amherst Audio. He's an expert with. . .
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Experience w/ 40-75 watt amps on Dunlavy IVs
Not exactly, but I have found the 35wpc PrimaLuna ProLogue 5 to work with reasonable success on my SCIII.A Dunlavys. Maybe not for headbanging, however
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New Green Mountain Rios - has anyone heard them?
>someone needs to overhaul the website. Why do you say that? It's not particularly slick but it's very informative and even compelling. Compare it to, oh, Vandersteen
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Speaker Recommendations for VAC Ren 30/30 Mk III
I don't have any specific suggestions for you, but the 30/30 has been an amp I have wanted to try for many many years. There was a TAS (I think) review that always stuck with me. . .
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Paint on Yamaha NS-1000M Cabinets
Sharpie
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Gradient Helsinki
I suggest you wander over to Robert E. Greene's site, regonaudio.com. Lots of discussion of the Helsinki and at least one owner
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1st Order Xovers....A question of absolute volume.
You might ask Roy. He likes to crank the rock music so I'd be surprised if the Imagos won't play LOUD
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Integrated Amp for VR4jr
You might want to look at the Gamut integrated
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Running Active Speakers - Neophyte Needs Advice
Besides the Quads, what active speakers do you all own
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Triangle Antal Es and Thiel 2.4's
Triangle is the one with the huge marketing budget, right
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has anyone heard zingali overture 1's? de capo's?
I owned 57's for nearly 20 years. I've had several speakers since then and currently have the de Capos in my system. I'm quite pleased with them
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Harbeth question: Which speakers to keep?
Ed, how would you compare those three models you mention, particularly the Model 30 vs. the Super HL5
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Best speaker cable and interconnect for Thiel 7.2?
Cardas is a perennial favorite with Thiel. I have had great success with Audience AU24, though with a different model of Thiel. As always, compatiblilty with the rest of your . . .
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Has anyone heard the new Vandersteen Quatro?
Around $6K is what I recall
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What to power Thiel 2.4 speakers?
Although I don't have any direct experience with the 2.4, it is said to be much easier to drive than most previous Thiel models, the 1.6 excepted. So you might be fine with as . . .
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Audio Artistry Beethoven - heard it?
Am I correct that Audio Artistry speakers are no longer in production
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Recommendations for satellite/hanging spkrs
Thanks everybody. Are the Polks small bookshelves, or are they Bose-style satellites? I wonder about using something like a small B&W, as an example, or a ProAc, or...... A . . .
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Wilson Benesch Square 5 and Square 3 speakers
WB is revamping their US distribution. Hopefully we'll be able to audition the Square line at dealers or regional shows in the near future
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Harbeth owners and fans
In your favor, however, the ported Harbeth models (the P3ESR is sealed) have their ports on the front
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Spendor SP1 and SP1/2 owners...
Here's a suggestion. Ikea sells a plant stand in their Lack design line for about $US18. It is 17" high and surprisingly sturdy. I bought a pair to use with my Harbeth SHL5. . .
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Who knows the difference? Greenmountain or Reynaud
I think the Calypso's come already broken in (which you have to pay extra for with the lesser models
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Thiel CS 1.6 vs ProAc speakers vs ?
I would pick the Thiels. A great speaker. When it comes to resolution, they are champs and, in my experience, ProAcs are not. IMHO
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Totem Mani2 Sigs vs Tyler Linbrook Sig monitors
And even if the parts cost is $600, a $4,000 MSRP is not unreasonable. Some of you folks need to take a business class. OTOH, Tyler sells direct, so the consumer realizes a . . .
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Questions for Roy Johnson of Green Mountain Audio
Yes, why would you ask those question here and in the form of a new topic? I smell a rat
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Confused: Eggleston Rosa Vs Mezzo
The Rosas might want more power than the V3 delivers, but I think both speakers would work okay with your electronics
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Subwoofers with your two channel system?
Wow, that's some recommendation. What do those things cost
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Break-in procedure
Your pre-amp inverts polarity, not phase. You don't need to consider that, just connect one of the speakers out of phase. Presumably you are putting the speakers face-to-face and. . .
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Adjustable-height speaker stands--comments/recs?
Thanks everybody! The Usher stands have only a 10 cm adjustment, which is not enough. The Standesigns sound like the right idea (good price, too), but 30"-40" seems not . . .
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Thiel CS2.3 vs 2.4 -- my 2 cents
Sdecker: excellent write-up. Very thoughtful of you to share your experience with us. Thanks. I bought a used pair of 2.4's about 3 months ago. My first Thiels except that I . . .
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What Speakers to use with my cj prmier 11a
I have run Response 2.5s with an 11a and it is a fine combination. The 11a is also terrific with the Thiel CS 1.6, but not with the 2.4. Before getting new speakers, though, see . . .
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When is thiel going to upgrade the 3.6
Hopefully Zaikesman will be along shortly to share what he learned during a recent factory tour. Seems like it will be a wait for the 3 series, nothing beyond the idea stage at . . .
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Anyone heard the Soliloquy 6.5??
Very nice write-up, Nighthawk. Thank you
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Avalon Acoustics' Eidolon Diamond
I think "expensive overengineering" is Avalon's tagline
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Speaker Polarity Testing
If you reverse the leads on just one speaker, you will be running your system out of PHASE (unless one of the speakers is wired differently from the other). This should be very . . .
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Aerial Acoustics 6T Speaker
Teajay, I just auditioned the 7T last week, but my local dealer does not have the 6T. Have you heard both
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Line Magnetic 755 vs AN/KSPe vs DeVore O/96
I loved the AN K's at the Newport show, driven by AN OTO SE Signature integrated, 10 wpc
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Best Sound at the California Audio Show, thoughts?
That super-tweeter, also shown across the hall with a pair of Magico speakers, produced absolutely gorgeous high frequencies. But as seductive as that was, I think there was too . . .
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Hole in NS-1000M midrange driver
Am I right in assuming that the driver is unusable in it's current state? Have you tried playing it? Might be acceptable
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Harbeth vs. Reynaud
I have owned both (Harbeth SLH-5, Monitor 30 and HL-PES2 and the JMR Duet). I would say... Harbeth: clarity, natural tonality, refined, polite and somewhat restrained JMR: even . . .
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Skylan stand for Compact 7 ES-3
I buy Skylan direct from Noel. His prices seem very reasonable to me (on the website, they are listed in Canadian dollars, by the way
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Dynaudio or Green Mountain Europa's
I have Europas but don't have enough Dynaudio experience to comment on the two in comparison. What the Europas do extremely well is communicate the ENERGY of high-energy music. . . .
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Realtraps versus Rives Audio Treatment Plan
Do you know where to put the Realtraps? If not, perhaps you need Rives
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anyone listenedd to the Gershman Cameleons?
What's with the spelling of that model
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What amp do you use to drive original Quad ESL's
I owned them for many years. While I never tried it, I understand that the Pass Aleph amps are a wonderful match
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Talon Hawks
Talon has a new monitor called Hawk. Totem has a floorstander also called Hawk. Totem was first. The Talons sounded very good in SF. Very much like the Ravens without the bass. . .
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Gershman Acoustics at 2003 Son & Image
Hey Igal, you work for Gershman or something? This topic reads like an advertorial
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Familiar with the Audio Legend
The Legend guy always does a good demo at these shows. The room is darkened, the speakers are way out from the back wall, and he plays sparse, "pretty" music, most of . . .
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Silverline LaFolia--anyone heard'em?
Apparently the driver supply problem was solved and the La Folia is in production and has a solid future
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Dynaudio 1.3SE and Proac 1SC
I would think the Rowland 2 would drive any of these speakers pretty well, certainly the Aerial 5's. Have you tried a big-power amp to see what sort of difference it makes
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Bass Assist
+1 Bcgator
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Room size and electronics Vivid Audio Giya G1
Paul, if you live in the US, I suggest you call Philip O'Hanlon at On a Higher Note. He's the US distributor for Vivid (and Luxman, which is why you see the two brands paired a lot. . .
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Subwoofer ideas for Rega Mira and R3s.
I've used a REL R-205 with Rega R5's very successfully. You should be able to get one for right around your budget
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GMA Europa VS Quad 12L
I own Europas and Quad 12L Actives. The problem is I haven't listened to my Europas in about a year and only recently got the Quads. And the Active 12's may be quite different . . .
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Integration of a REL B3 subwoofer
Be sure to follow REL's setup instructions
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Best Audiophile Coverage Of '07 CES?
Stereophile is doing blog coverage, which is pretty good. Jason Serinus did a terrific job of this for them at RMAF, but the CES blog is written by a cast of characters and is a . . .
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How important is power response?
Our local audio society had a demo day at NHT yesterday. The NHT folks talked a lot about power response and how their XD system does a good job with it. To demonstrate, while . . .
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Speaker recommendation for Cayin a88t/kt88
Very nice with Harbeth speakers too
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TOTEM forest SF Bay Area
Call Jim Volpatti at Silent Lucidity, the totem dealer in SF. Web site: http://silent-lucidity.com
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Sonus Faber Grand Piano vs. ProAc 2.5 Speakers
I think you've answered your own question. Keep the Sonus Fabers but try them with both amps and see which you prefer
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Reference 3a decapo vs. J M Reynard Duets/Bliss
I have owned both of these exact speakers as part of the parade of small speakers that have passed through here during the past several years. The Duets I just sold, the Ref 3A's . . .
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Harbeth vss Dynaudio
I have owned both and currently have the Dynaudios, Very different sounds, though both are probably what most people, including me, would call "musical." The Harbeths. . .
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Active speakers to replace GMA Europas
The Quad 12L Active can be had near to your budget and are a possibility. As to whether or not they are in the same league as the Europas, I'd say "maybe."
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Cables for GamuT L-5 speaker
What's your amp? That's just as important, if not more so
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Gallo Reference 3 versus 3.1: Much difference??
Nice post, Msratty
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Anybody using Paradigm Active 40's in 2 channel?
Sammie, do you know the input impedence of the built-in amplifiers? That, along with the length of the interconnect you will need to run from the pre-amp, may rule out some pre-amp. . .
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Anyone heard Voce Speakers
Yes, at the Cal Audio Show last year
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I need manual for Avalon Ascent MK II
If it's like the first Asent and Eclipse manuals, you should try to get the original hard copy, which was a bound book. Oh, the good old days. Presumably you've asked Avalon
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No Adagio Jr. for sale?
More likely it's an indication that a lot more Adagios were sold than Jr's
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Epos ST 12 stands
I am using them under the Super HL5's and you will find others using them at the Harbeth Users Forum. For me, they replaced the cheap but decent solution, the Ikea 17" Lack . . .
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Meadowlark Blue Heron 2 vs Wilson WP7s/Vandesteen
I think there are other time- and phase-accurate speakers. Green Mountain is, I believe, and there are a few others. Earthworks Sigma? I predict we will see more in the future. . .
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totem at ces
In the 2-channel room, I believe they were using the Totem integrated amp, not sure about source. Don't remember the amplification in the HT room
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Paradigm Reference 100V.2/ Parasound/Adcom?
You're new around here, aren't you
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Anyone heard ProAc's new D25?
Maybe they're not out yet. CES perhaps
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Reynaud Trentes: Opinions and alternates
I heard that exact combination of Trentes and Audion Silver in the JM Reynaud room at CES and it was magical indeed. Go for it
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New Green Mountain Audio Speakers?1
Harbeth Compact 7-ES2 owners: placement question
You might want to ask this question of the Harbeth Users Group, which you can get to at www.smartgroups.com
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