I am jealous! Thanks for the update, Omega Super Alnico Monitors look terrific and the single driver technology has some great benefits. One question, what is the height of the speaker stand?
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My stands are 20 inches. When I called Skylan and spoke with Noland, he told me he regularly builds stands for Omega speaker owners, and the ones I ordered are the ones he has for this specific monitor. My understanding is that he will do other heights to meet your specific needs.
It is a shame that TAS and Stereophile only occasionally review single driver speakers, (Audience being one such speaker they review and like) and rave about 'exotic' new ones (like the $2.5K Bonsai mini monitor TAB raves about in its Tokyo Audio Show report in the Jan issue), yet overlook a truly high fidelity and high quality single driver products made here in the US.
Omega speakers are fantastic and they don't get near the acclaim they should. They are definitely one of the best bargains in audio. Besides the top of the line Alnico drivers the new RS5 drivers are significantly better than his older, but still excellent, drivers. Also Louis Chochos is a very talented, honest and decent person who gives you an awful lot for your money. His workmanship is top notch!! Louis doesn't advertise or go to shows, but his speakers smoke many of the speakers, single and multi driver, speakers that get raves.
The Super Alnico Monitors are really good on symphonic music (to which I listen quite a lot). They are easily as good as the Harbeth 30.1s from what I remember from my auditions. Massed strings and brass in particular are very well and clearly conveyed. They certainly can't recreate a symphony like the big B&Ws, Sonus, Harbeth 40.1s and others can, but I don't recall hearing a monitor similar in size to the SAMs do any better. and certainly not at the SAMs cost. They convey the startle factor of many Telarc recordings amazingly so.
I don't have the Super Alnico model - wish I did. I own a pair of original Hemptones in Makarssar Ebony. (After they shipped - over 10 years ago - Louis told me mine are the first production pair). I agree with the OP on break-in time - minimum 50 hours before they start to sound good, but after 100 hours they are sublime. I listen to they every day and wouldn't part with them.
I've been living with Omega xrs's with the rs5 drivers now for a couple of years. After going on a bit of a speaker merry go round these really did it for me and even today I marvel at their sound. They replaced Harbeth's and Kef LS 50's. I don't miss them a bit. I've drive them with a variety of tube amps which really lets them shine.
I put in an order for the Alnico monitors recently. It'll be fun to see how they compare to the rs5's.
Ihor said he compared the Omegas to the Harbeths and the Harbeths won. You said that you thought the Harbeths were a lot better than the Omegas. I find it so Interesting how's people's opinions vary so much. I was thinking about picking up a used 30.1. But after hearing about the Omega being about half the price of a used Harbeth I am thinking about trying them. I looked at the website and they do offer a 30 day money back guarantee. I guess I have nothing to lose by trying them. (If I didn't like them I would be out a few bucks in shipping)
The Super Alnico monitor can play anything and put out an amazing amount of great bass.....much more than you would ever expect. I too have replaced Harbeths with Omegas and will never look back. Louis is one of the very best to work with. My next purchase will be an additional Omega speaker, but one with 2 Alnico drivers in the same cabinet. Louis and I are talking about it now and he's in the process of finishing a pair for another customer. I hope to hear this new speaker in the near future.