What are the dimensions (and weight) of these speakers? You mention that they may be too large for your listening room -- how big is this room? Do you have them set up well out into the room, or are they close to the side/rear walls? I am always interested in new designs and have been impressed with some of the ribbons I have heard over the past ten years or so...but I have also heard applications of this technology that have been, ummm, less than satisfying, to keep things polite. Did you get to audition them before you bought? Or did you get some kind of return privileges and buy "blind"? New gear that hasn't been tested in the marketplace can be very exciting, but what kind of support system is in place (dealer? mfg guarantee?) in case there are problems? I, too, am a Bruckner nut (and Szymanowski, as well as ANYTHING that Savall has a hand in...) so I am interested in neutral, dynamic speakers that capture both the sweep of the big modern pieces and the detail of smaller Baroque and Classical era ensembles. Tell us more about the dealership chain, or where we might hear the Reimer designs. Thanks -- I enjoyed the review.
Thanks for mentioning the relatively esoteric recordings that you use for speaker evaluation. The rest of your system seems very capable, even though less adventurous than your venture into the world of excellent, virtually bespoke, loudspeakers. Since you probably have been listening to your other components for a significantly long time, your opinion about the speaker's relative value may be judged more reliable.
Question for you. How long did it take for your speakers to arrive from date of order. Five weeks ago this friday I ordered a pair of high gloss maple McCullough GS from Rick through Neil. I am growing very weary of listening to my back up Polk Audio speakers and am hopeful they will ship later this week. Nice review and I hope to get some of the magic you hear. I will be using a sub with the McCulloughs and since they go down into the mid 30s on their own, I hope to be ok.
In response to Gkcc: the speakers are 45" by 12" and 14" deep. My room is 21' by 12' but the problem is the 7'3" ceiling, which is too low I believe. I have them set up slightly off-line down the room, and about 3' from the back wall. They seem to sound better in my room out from walls (either behind or side). I think each speaker weighs in at close to 100 lbs. As far as the dealer support is concerned, I don't frankly know, although I believe these are trustworthy people. Shipping would be expensive to properly protect these, so I am hoping and assuming that will never be necessary. The ribbon driver is only the tweeter, but having been used to a fuller range ribbon speaker (everything over 800 khz) I like ribbon sound anyway, and this was a significant factor in my choice of these. I admit is was pretty risky to buy these speakers unauditioned, but I did a lot of research beforehand, and talking to Rick helped convince me that we are looking for similar things in terms of sound. Hope this helps!
In response to Listener57: Thanks for the note on recordings. One of the most depressing aspects of being interested in audio and being someone virtually exclusively into classical music is the tokenism we have to put up with from reviewers in magazines etc. They really only mention classical recordings out of some sense of duty, and mostly know absolutely nothing about the genre. Even worse is the regularity of trotting out these ridiculous and horrible old recordings as exemplars of the classical recording art. If I ever read about 'Fiedler' or 'Mercury Living Presence' in a review I immediately stop reading it and discount all impressions gained as a matter of principle! All the more the shame when there are so many excellent modern classical recordings around!
Can you tell me how long it took to receive the speakers from the time you placed the order. I am awaiting delivery of my McCullough GS speakers, this is my 5th week. I can't wait, and am definitely growing weary of listening to my back-up pair of Polk Monitor 5s.
Oz - I was initially given a 6-8 week window. They took about 9, as it seems Rick is pretty busy with orders. It seems likely to me that your patience will be somewhat further tested, but it will be worth it!
Sorry about the double post. Agon sat on the first one, so I thought it got lost.
It helps. Thanks for the response. I liked very much the "ribbon" sound in all the Genesis models I have heard. For some reason, I never warmed up to the various Maggies I heard during the '90's -- I confess to not having heard the latest models, which keep getting raves from those who ought to know. Your comments on recordings are spot on. I am an old timer: I still have over 1000 LP's I bought during the '50's and on into the '70's, and they were all "classical," mostly on Columbia, DGG, Phillips, London/Decca, and RCA. The only area that modern CD's have improved on is an increased catalog of Late Modern/Contemporary, and what I feel is an absolutely stunning opening up in the availability of ancient (pre-Baroque) performances on (quasi) original instruments. I think I have purchased everything Alia Vox has recently put on the shelves, most of which features Jordi Savall in some way (performing or conducting). I currently have the Triangle Volantes in one system and the Dynaudio Evidence "Master" in another, large space, and, as I noted in my comments on the former here on Audiogon, the Triangle actually sounds better on a wider variety of software than the big Dynaudio. I think the "sweet spot" now has been lowered to the $4,000 - $8,000 range, for speakers capable of simulating something close to "live" (even though we'll never climb THAT mountain, it is nice to see prices for the best quality sound descend into the 5-figure range). I want to hear the Reimers, although I am very happy with what I have, because you can't go wrong with a conductor's recommendation: you guys spend your time standing in front of live music, the best seat in the house, and I would always take a musician's word for a test drive. Finally, I wonder if I will have any trouble finding "King Roger" -- Szymanowsky is new to me (I just have the Ballet Pantomimes, a Violin Concerto, and an Orchestral Suite, all of which fascinate me), so I don't really know what's out there. I hope I don't have to drive all the way to Wyoming to hear your speakers...but, since I'm in Los Angeles, it's closer than NY, and maybe I can get in some trout fishing! Cheers and happy listening. Gerald Clifton (gkcc3).
Gerald - Good luck in the search for nirvana. It could be a long one. On the Szymanowsky front, this recording is readily available, and although I don't like all the singers all the time, frankly the recording is worth buying for the first 5 minutes alone (sorry if that sounds over-the-top!). The 4th symphony is also great (not as good as the 3rd, however), and the recording is good. Recommended:
Thanks for the details -- I'll pick it up next week. This was a good month for concert-goers in LA. 2 conductors (guests with the LA Phil) I hadn't heard gave absolutely stunning performances. Jonathan Nott's Mahler 4th was the best I had ever heard in a live performance, and Marin Alsop (the gal who has created such a stir, both negative and positive, in Baltimore)led the orchestra Friday in Rodrigo's "Aranjuez" concerto (Eliot Fisk on the git-box) and the Tchaikovsky 5th -- 2 war horses, admittedly, but I was stunned at Alsop's dynamics, control, phrasing, and unity of approach with each piece. She is REALLY, REALLY good. So I picked up the Naxos SACD version of her and the London Phil doing the Brahms 1st Symphony and a couple of overtures. No disappointment there, even though I'm not particularly excited by anything Brahms wrote, save some of the Intermezzi and the 2nd Piano Concerto. But if you like these pieces, Alsop's versions are as good as anybody's, and the sound quality of the recording is very good. Cheers,
Gerald. Thanks. Will look up some of her stuff. Sounds interesting. I concurr on bRams, btw!
Oh - pardon my typing: "Brahms"!
Kempster, I kind of liked "bRams": brings the old fart into the hip-hop era. I wonder what rap would sound like in German...???
Received my McCullough GSes Thursday and I must say I am VERY impressed. After about 30+ hours they are coming around very nicely. Paired with a Rocket UFW-10, this is some of the best sound I have had in my room. And this is compared to large, pretty expensive floor standing speakers that have been through here. And Rick's handiwork has to be seen to be appreciated, these things are gorgeous.
Merry Xmas to ypu too!