It seems to remind a lot on a swedish speaker called signature pi60 with a cult following which been in production for the last 20 years. Often complemented with a 4-subbass system.
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Mojofo, they disappear like you woldn't believe, it's like you're listening to music not speakers. the sound stage is fantastic and they make everything sound like it does in the real world. I've seen Rickie Lee Jones live 14 or more times and I know her voice so well, she sounds like she's in the room with me. The Tektons were great, but there was something missing in them, it's like they had no soul. The bass was great on the Tektons but the bass on these is otherworldy, it's the best I've heard. There's a Tommy Bolin guitar solo on the song Dreamer off his Teaser album and he uses an old tape delay called an Echoplex, invented in 1959 and hugely popuilar in the 60s and 70s with rock guitarists. On every other set of speakers the solo itself got buried in the delayed-repeated notes-a delay repeats the notes you play--it sounded muddled and jumbled together. On the 100s the solo was crystal clear, you heard all the notes he played AND the delayed repeated notes, but the repeated notes didn't muck up the sound. Amazing. Great acoustic guitars have a shimmer or sparkle to them, the 100s bring out that shimmer which as a guiatr player is important to me. The Yes song Turn Of The Century-Steve Howe plays classical style on steel string acoustic, probably a Martin and it's one of my favorite songs ever and on these speakers the song is just heavenly, the sond of the guitar is just beyond words, you have to hear it to get it. My advice to anyone looking for amazing speakers, forget everything else and get these, you'll be set for life.
Thanks for the insights into the solo in Dreamer. No guitar player myself but often wondered how it was made. Tommy Bolins musicality and technical skills are not to find today. To me and my brother he was the no.1 and we seldom agree :-). Maybe you also know how Quadrant 4 was made. Bolins guitar and Hammers synth seems to loop into each other and change sides - finally you don’t really know which is which.
Also, the air and space between instruments is superlative. With heavy metal I've noticed sometimes the instruments get mushed together and there isn't great definition between them, but with the 100s every instrument is clear and defined and they all sit in their place in the mix. I think metal is the hardest music to reproduce accurately but the 100s do it effortlessly. If you're going to get them go to Mike Kay at Audio Archon, that's where I got mine and I get everything I buy from him, he's the best in the business, outstanding customer service and he's super cool and friendly, a pleasure to deal with every time. He is of course an authorized NSMT dealer.
Hi gosta, yea Bolin is about my favorite singer and guitar player, more or less, heavily into him for many years and it annoys because he's so amazing and no one know who he is. Say Bolin and everyone says T Rex-Marc of course. I don't even like T rex. But yeah on these speakers I couldn't believe how clear that solo was when it wasn't on all my other speakers--I've had Magnepans, custom made Focals, the Focal 1037s, Grand Veenas and Double Impacts. And it's funny, as I said, I'm a musician and an engineer and I always wondered what they were thinking on that solo, I would say man he just has too much delay on it, bad production, It wasn't Tommy or the producer it was the speakers. I love the Billy Cobham album with Quadrant 4, great palying. I like his solo stuff best because I'm in love with his voice. Glad to hear there's someone out there that appreciates him. Oh yea, you're 100% right, there are no guitar players alive today that come close to him or the old greats, Gilmour, Blackmore, Howe, May, Rory Gallagher, etc. sadly.
Hi sslide, I think I can hear the solo and the delayed noteas as clear on my system (quested v31110 monitors+svs sb-16 sub/altern. big ATCs) but your description of the NSMT speakers sounds really tempting. I'll look out for them but probably not easy to find in Europe.
Another recording, maybe not very famous but not to miss is the Kevin Ayers -June 1, 1974 live. I often come back to the second side with several great (to me epic) solos of Ollie Halsall and Mike Oldfield.
Yes, you're right. Lots of contributors here sems to know/care more about cables and interconnects than music and musicians...
I know Mike Oldfield but not the other guys, Kevina dn Ollie, I'll have to look them up. You can probably order them directly from Erol the maker, if I were I'd look into it they are the most amzing speakers ever. And I'm not making any money on their sale, I just want to spread the word about them.