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Thanks. No did not hear, but LOVE the Emerald Physics CS 3's that Clayton did design. I am using a Manley Stingray i pod to power. A Thorens TD 125 MK II/SME 3009 non detach/Grado Gold II through a Lounge Audio Phono. For CD play I use an Emotiva . Bluegean speaker cables, Morrow Audio interconnects and power. My room is only 12 X13 . Because of a move to smaller home I have been selling for several months. I was going to go with the Spatial M-4's but the new speaker design got me. I did keep a set of Spica TC 50's and a Marantz 1060 for back up. The closer I got to my goal the cheaper the stuff got. I did make several guys very happy.
The external cross over and the fact that I could not use the Manley with them. Do not misunderstand me , with separates they sounded fabulous. At my age I am now looking to simplify my system. No extra interconnects, cables,plugs ect... The CS 3's were one of the most dynamic sounding speaker I ever herd. They put the music in the room. The EP's made me realize all the music I had been missing over the years. If the Spatials sound as good or better I am a happy camper.
Yes, the CS 3's needed the dsp and that thing has four cables coming out ,two going in and a plug. The Manley vol. control was after the tape out so was not an easy match for it. I had to change the setting in the DSP. The KCII's solved the problem. In the old days the more equipment the better. Loved all the led flashing. I still remember the SAE 2400 L pumping to the beat. Ahhhh the good old days.
They had a used pair of the Emerald Physics with external crossover box at a used gear shop in Manheim Pa recently that were going for a steal price for the sound I heard and was tempted but yeah I am down with smaller and simpler these days, so I passed, somewhat regrettably.
I heard Spatials at Cap Audiofest last year and got to talk to the designer. Was very impressed.....one of the best of show at relatively affordable price for me.
Several years back, at CAF, the DIY’ers were demoing a pair of compact open baffle speakers they built for a pittance in parts and made some of the mega-buck systems there seem pretty lame.