Interesting review and comparisons. How dramatic is the Zhorn with the high end of treble (cymbals and other type detail) compared to the Abby?
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This is a general statement applied to my personal experience with a Fostex HornShoppe for the last two years. I thought the single drivers naturally lack the ultimate highs; how wrong I have been. A recent upgrade of my digital source and preamp, from EVS DAC II/Vecteur D-2 and EVS Stepped Attenuator to ModWright 9000ES and Decware ZSLA-1 tube buffer line stage, respectively, has turned my head around. No longer I feel wanting more treble, as I can hear now a lot more musical details into the recordings, not the strident nor brittle digital artifacts I used to put up with. Needless to say, bass and midrange all became ever so "live" and "organic", not as separate entities but as a whole "there".
My point in short is, don't judge the speakers until you have taken a good care to make sure your source or whatever upstream is up to the task of HONESTLY REPRODUCING the recordings. As of now, I feel the only sonic barrier in my room is, well, THE ROOM itself.
Also, a good powered subwoofer (a pair ideally) would be a great help to such a single driver speaker system.
Hi Paul ,the Zhorn uses the new fostex fe168ez driver ,Thats one of the reasons I perfered the sound .I have heard the horn shop and zhorn on other gear .And if you look at what I demo them on you will see that its quite capable of reproducing what is up stream.Thats about$12000 gear running a $799 speaker .On my personal System I use fostex 16in woofers in dual towers .Thxs for your reply and happy listening .JK
I have listened to 3 pair of zhorns and recently aditioned a pair in my home .I listen to most types of music .The Zhorn was aditioned with various telarc recordings ,Some mis. Tecno music .Dick Dale 60s surf gitar,Others .In speakers I tend to go with large full range speakers with great frequincy responce and very deep detailed bass my current systen cost me arround $12000 DIY .In speakers systems If they are grainy and harsh I can not stand it. Also Iam not a fan of ported or back loaded horn designs .Usually they have phase problems with the bass.The Zhorn has a less phase distorted bass responce then most I have heard .Allows you to hear more detail . The Zhorn uses a Fostex fe-z 6in driver.And birch plywood cabnet ,This speaker has a musical fun sound, not grainy or harsh in anyway. Has a moderatly large sound stage with good side expansion ,The speakers just seem to disapear [this is important to me].When they where playing the telarc discs they handled the volume swings quite well .And though limited in the frequincy extremes never left you wanting more
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I just as of last night came to reailze the Fostex FR Experience via research, based on a comment I made over at DIY FR forum,,**nahhh I think my DL's will beat Foxtex ,,I;'m not interested in Foxtex,,nahhh..**
WEll I had already cked out Fostex extensively on their site and on YT vids,, so i dismissed what I heard,,,then last nght decided to take a 2md hearing.
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Going to make a Duo
Sigma 8 + Sigma 6.
**Why a duo??**
When I finish mid 2022, you'll know as to the why of **double trouble**
Not buildinga horn, Just going to swap out the DLVX8 and cut another hole below to add the SE6.
50L cabinet, small/tight, but all you have to do is cut another port, dos ports.
Yes 1 cabinet is 28.5 inches the other 30 inches H.
Measure once, cut 3 times,,,arghhhh. OK so I'm not much a cabinet builder.
A new Frankenstein goes by the name Basszilla.
19 year old speakers???
Where have you guys been all these deacdes,
6 posts on the best sounding speaker????
Now you can go back to sleep walking.
Will list the DLVX8's/Free Ship