Nice review. I have a bit of trouble getting past the idea of two tweeters, but I know that Daedalus is not the only company doing it. What's the benefit?
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the two tweeters in the DA-1.1 & 2.1 are primarily to widen the sweetspot. it's a tricky design process, maintaining a solid image while making the sweetspot room sized, this took a while to get right. ; )
of course another benefit is higher efficiency and power handling, i'm a firm believer of never pushing a driver anywheres near it's power limit. i feel that much of the fatigue and distortion comes from pushing drivers to 30% or more of their capacity. for the Ulysses these were the main considerations to using two tweeters. again this was not a case of just slapping two drivers in the baffle, it took a bit of design and research to get this. the end result though is even better imaging than if we'd just used one tweeter.
Fwinston, Thanks for the quick reply. Maybe Daedalus can chime in with why the speaker wasn't designed with the tweeter at a normal ear level rather than forcing the buyer to also get stands. Looking at it I took it to be a full-range floorstander but maybe it is actually considered a very large monitor?
there are a few reasons the speaker wasn't built without stand;
1. that would have changed the cabinet volume/dimensions
2. the larger cabinet would have been much more expensive than the stands, it would have pushed some dimensions past a 'tipping point' where the cost would be radically disproportionate to the additional size.
3. it would only be able to be shipped by freight, in many cases this would increase shipping costs radically.
4. the stands are actually a two piece design and offer flexibility in terms of height and appearance. we have even done custom heights.
the last is a major concern for me as i try to design for flexibility, people have many different needs and i try to accommodate that.
yes, i'll be in room 1030 as always, (the suite at the end of the hall 10th floor).
we'll be using the Art/Gill Audio pre & DAC and Dynamic Design cables. i haven't decided on power amps yet but it will be high power tubes. Clayton plans to use my Ulysses speakers for their room, this is a great match and i would like to offer tubes since Clayton very nicely cover solid state. i used the Clayton at THE show this year and they are very, very good!
i look forward to seeing you there
Manley Neo-Classic 300b amps are $13,200 each, that's $26,400 for 2. Did you start and sell off your own company to earn such dollars? You are certainly a fortunate guy for such equipment. We all choose our path in life which if often affected by skill, hard work, helpful mentors, and luck to be at the right time, right place. Wish I could travel, at least a little bit,down that path with you. Your equipment chain is exceptional & is likely more than the payoff amount for my home mortgage. Suggestions please to get that cost of entry?