Spatials = Done for now!


Hello all - and happy holidays!

I think I'm finally done for now when it comes to the merry-go-round (I can hear my wife laughing about that even as I type it). But some recent acquisitions have really pulled the music together in the system in a way that makes me content to listen to the music and not the system.
My sources are old standbyes: An Oppo 105 through which I spin cd's and stream Tidal; and an VPI HW-19 MK4 with a Sumiko FT-3 tonearm. These are perfect for my needs and spending limits. As is the Acoustic Zen cabling throughout - except for the homemade Belden 8402 IC's for the phono stage and Decware Styx speaker cables.
However, the rest of the components have evolved over the past year. A Pathos Classic One Mk 3 is the integrated I've been looking for in terms of sound and presence. And I just installed and am breaking in a Hana SH cartridge while I ship off my Benz Micro Ace SH for retipping, and I'm loving the Hana's sound and projection so far.

But the Spatial M3 Turbo S's that arrived a month ago are the icing. The first ten minutes or so of listening had me thinking that, finally, I had found the sound I had been seeking. It was almost there with the Acoustic Zen Adagios I had a while ago, but they weren't as enveloping as the Spatials. The M3's surround me without being washed out or saccharine. They pinpoint without being clinical and they project with little fatigue and no harshness. I previously had a pair of Reference 3A Veenas, which still are phenomenal, but simply a different sound that didn't meet what I was looking for. The closest I can come to is the magnificent presence my Maggie 3.6R's had, powered by an ARC VS-110 another lifetime ago.

I had never heard Spatials or any open baffle design before, save for the Maggies. But these make me happy. Their design is beautiful and their sound is everything it's cracked up to be - wide open, deep, crisp but not sterile. A good rule of thumb for me is how a speaker (or any component, for that matter), can present the Steve Howe's opening guitar-work on Yes' "Roundabout". Can the component resolve both the backward piano and the the acoustic guitar and have the latter hang in a holographic space? The Spatials do this beautifully, with Wakeman's reversed piano note serving as a backdrop to Howe's nylon-stringed announcements that float like butterflies in the air of my listening room.

I know I most likely will change one component sometime in the future, including upgrading the Pathos' input tubes. But as I ween my way off using my music to listen to my system, the Spatials have helped tremendously. They were well-reviewed throughout the Audiogon and journal sphere and have so far lived up to their hype.

Sigh of contentment...


simao
your room is nice also !!!!!
I own the Spatial M3 Turbo S as well, and am completely satisfied with their performance regardless of price. The sound is quite addicting, and I'm listening to music more than ever. When you look at it on paper (open baffle, pro drivers, reasonable price) this speaker should not sound this good, but somehow (through brilliant engineering) it does.

I'm psyched you found your end game too! Cheers!

Another satisfied M3 Turbo S owner checking in.
M3 TM's here after Turbo S's.
I heard the Spatials at CAF with Linear Tube Audio UltraLinear mono’s. It was one of the best rooms at the show.
I recently had the M3S Turbo's in my home for a demo.

For 3k retail, they are just outstanding.  The imaging is outstanding, almost distracting they image so well.  Big soundstage, and very tight, accurate bass.  It does roll off rather quickly at the bottom of it's response, but what is there is pretty great.

I sent them back, but not over performance.  I did think they very much put you in the front couple of rows.  

Very nice speakers. along with the Tekton DI's, Ohm Walsh 3000's, Salks, some of the very best in that 3-4k price range.
Wonderful to read that you are so happy with your new purchase.

It is wise to have chosen the phrase “done for NOW.”

No one could trust an audiophile who said “just got new speakers and I’ll be satisfied for life with them!”  ;-)
Congrats Simon... I may have to stop by for a listen in the coming weeks!
Yeah, dipoles handle your room better than box speakers - listening to a DIY pair as I type this.  
@pdreher  You're more than welcome to come by. I'm finely-tuning/learning how to tune the new cartridge and am still amazed by how far apart the speakers need to be according to Jim Smith's .83 ratio!  I'll reach out after the holidays.
Agreed on the distance between the speakers simao, mine have about 4-5' more distance between them than my last speaker pair.
Agreed. Shocker how Smith seems to know what he's talking about. I haven;t tried the whole mirror-angle technique, but I take to heart his advice for triangulation, listening height, and speaker pitch. It works no matter what speakers I'm adjusting. 
Right now I'm quite enjoying my small set of Maggie 1.7 ribbons, but have been quite intrigued with what I've seen and heard of the Spatial M3 Turbo S and the M3 Triode Master speakers. Dollar for dollar, a real deal for incredible sounding speakers.
I've been considering upgrading to the larger Maggies or the Sound Lab's 545 series, for a larger, more dynamic stage, but at 1/3 the cost, the Spatials might just be a viable option....Jim
@jhills   I've owned and loved the Maggie 3.6Rs. The Spatials seem to present a more focused attack than the Maggies, though that could be because of their smaller size. Either one is a winner, though.
@simao
Thanks.......Jim
I made the mistake of going from Maggies to boxes (because of HT use).I really want to hear these. Boxes are for shoes.
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