Mejames - the way I see it, your system as a whole is capable of creating explosive musical experiences! One question: did you choose XLO over Nordost IC's (say, spm or valhalla)? Cheers!
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I have tweaked Genesis II's, they look like mini 1.1's. Mine have been upgraded to the last version ribbons and have upgraded wiring. The woofers are like the 1.1's, in separate towers and are now running on the last version of the bass amp and wiring. I had problems with the bass amp & service was terrible at the end of their Colorado run, took me almost a year to get it straightened out. I'm pretty much blissed out now, it was worth the struggle. I just started driving the ribbon mid & tweeter panels with BAT 150SE's...a VERY nice combination. For huge speakers these really do disappear. Hopefully Arnie will be up & running again, to support all the product that is already out there......these are keepers for me!
Arnie is back from what I understand, so you shouldn't have a problem there--at least I hope not. Stemart: I'm curious about the ribbon upgrade. I know it's a pretty pricey upgrade, and I know what Arnie says about it, but I'm curious what you thought about it. How did it change the sound and do you feel it was a worthwhile and cost effective upgrade?
These already had upgraded ribbons when I got them, so I didn't have the opportunity to compare. I recall seeing quite a few Genesis speakers advertised on Audiogon with the upgrade, this was a few years back, mostly dealers keeping their stock latest, greatest.....the fact that they were the same ribbon as the 1.1's sounded good to me.....I figured Arnie knew what he was doing....it was also common to upgrade the bass amps as well, and I know for a fact that it made an improvement, since I did the replacement when my original amp went bad.....if the reborn Genesis can sell the 350SE's for a reasonable price, next time around, should be a viable product for them, the last version had the same ribbon and number of tweeters as the 201's.
Mejames, I compared XLO to spm & valhalla. I found the XLO more rounded, liquid in the mid-band, while the Nordosts gave more extension on either end and the mid-band was less prominent. Generally, both Nordosts sounded more "open". But then, I use ss pre/pwr. I was curious as to how these different designs fared on the Wolcotts... Cheers