- 36 posts total
- 36 posts total
Keithr, I think you have made a generic statement about Wilson’s that isn’t really the case anymore . If you get a chance to hear the new Alexx V, I think you will retract your post.I would agree that the big Wilson’s from just a few years back were as you described, but IME, this is no longer the case.The horrible Focal ringing tweeter is now long gone, replaced by an excellent tweeter that is smooth and extended. The new cabinets and ability to exactly adjust the drivers is a big plus. Only issue is the ongoing upwards pricing spiral. Plus, a few are an absolute bear to drive, requiring careful amp matching.
Actually there is a way of achieving the “large scale” of very large speakers with “bookshelf” sized speakers with subwoofers.
contuzzi has touched upon an interesting point:
<<How high up are the midrange drivers on the Alexx V in comparison to the Sabrina?>>
Small two-way speakers usually are set up so the tweeter is at ear height, ~41” or 42” (they are typically on 24” stands).
However, if the speaker is raised so the tweeter is centered higher, say, 55” to 62”, (roughly equidistant between the floor and ceiling or a little higher), AND it can play at increased volume levels easily without compression, and is crossed over at 80 hz to an asymmetrically placed DBA system (like, say, the Audiokinesis Swarm), you can get that “large scale”. I’m doing this right now with a pair of Danley GO2 8CX (P.A. speakers) that contain a single 8” B&C coaxial driver in a 22”x12 ¾” cab, set up so the driver center is 60” off the floor, with 4 subs in a distributed bass array, in a 30’x18’x 9’ room. It’s coherent, effortless and has a “scale” comparable to the Chronosonics I heard at DW’s house.
@nationalbar Intersting post. I am not sure you are talking about dynamic expression vs. scale, but if you can get large scale in this way, I would think it also has to do with your very large room. Essentially what you are describing is creating the same aspect of a large floor stander by utilizing the individual parts as a whole. The x-over and other aspects of the integration would seem to me to be a problem, but if you have considered this and adjusted for it....
Bigger is better! I have been listening to some enormous (to me at least) speakers for the past 2 days and they’re nuts. 50” tall and 18” deep...
There are definitely things that big speakers do that smaller ones cannot, even with a sub. I never cared for subs with stand mount speakers and am now wondering if I’d prefer subs with larger speakers more.