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2. No spamming or shilling
Countless arguments on forums have ensued over the years. I don't really care what others like anymore it is what I like that matters. I am sick of all the marketing, fan boys going on and on about a particular brand, willy wavers who make sure they tell you how much their speakers cost, arm chair experts who post graphs and techno waffle.
Luckily that sort of behaviour does not happen here. What is the point of this thread ? I have forgotten.
I am now definitely a big speaker guy. No going back to 6.5 " mid bass drivers now. There is a whole section of music missing.
I have not come across a speaker that cost more than a million Yen when new and which weighs more than 70 kgs per channel that sounds bad.
Therefore if I were looking to buy speakers and I saw heavy weight million Yen speakers that I could buy for £500 or less, I'd buy them without hesitation.
Also, the aim for me with hi fi is to assemble the best sounding system I can for the least amount of money. So that at most bake offs I have 2 winners. One for best sound and one for best value for money.
You could call this "inverted snobbery" from me. Or waving my willy about how little I've spent.
I agree about spekers being a compromise. As once you get to a certain level, changing one aspect of the design to improve one area, usually inevitably leads to compromise in another area. EG adding a bass driver to a full range single driver speaker gives more extended bass as the expense of a crossover and crossover region.
There does also seem to be a cult of the "Flat Frequency Response" amongst a large proportion of modern manufacturers and some enthusiasts. Where a flatter frequency response is prioritised over aspects like dynamics, clarity, detail.
Someone recently asked me what the best upgrade to my digital set up had been. I said a 12" woofer...
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Flew into the light of Deneb
Sailed across the Milky Way
Sonore microRendu/MCRU PS, AQ J-bug, Wirewold Ultraviolet, Chord Mscaler-Qutest/MCRU PS, Geitnote Apogee, NVA BMU, P90SA, A80sMk2, Phono 1, SSP Mk 2, TSCS, TIS mk2, Cube 1s, Atacama stands, Rega Planar 3, Denon DL-110, Grado SR 325e, headphones.
Chord Mojo (also HP amp), NVA P20, A20, Cubettes, SSC, LS3.
Out and about
Oppo PM3, Audioquest Dragonfly Red.
Currently each cube has a 12”, 8” & tweeter- just wish I had ordered Docs 12” doped drivers
I’ve always had floor standing speakers as I was too tight to buy stands but the drivers were never over 6” so now I agree with the no going back from 12”
Analogue- Lenco GL59 & arm / B&O cartridge
Funk Firm Vector V, Acos modified tonearm, Grado Reference Prestige 1 MI
Nva Phono 1 (external psu)
Digital Sources- Denon CEOL Piccolo, iPhone 6s
Amplification-NVA P50, A20 (x2), A60
Speakers- Diy BBCubes on Nva Stands;
Ls6, Ls5; SSP
But they lacked life and oomph - I found that out when I Doc-modded a pair of tiny Mission 760's that blew the Maggies in to the shade.
Always loved Cubes since I heard them back in the 80's.
Very happy with my Cube2 which impress the socks off me every day.
Pi: Allo DigiOne Signature/Volumio/Tomanek LPSU/Jitterbug
DAC: Metrum Acoustics Musette CD Transport: Cambridge CXC
Headphones: AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Amp: Schiit Magni-3
DAC: Musical Fidelity M1DAC Digital i/c: Profigold Oxypure OCC
The ease that comes with a big driver is not something I would want to be without now
I haven't had a pair of bought speakers in about 15 years, partially because I have been too skint to buy any, and partially because I got into so called full range drivers around that time. Those 'full rangers' have got bigger and bigger over the years until I ended up with the 15" sealed cab ones I have now. By accident, not by design, the drivers became available and I had the space to house the large cabs the drivers needed.
They work for me, and the f5 amp because of the high efficiency
Benedict audio hothead mm phono stage
BTE designs type 1 custom khozmo shunt build passive pre
PASS F5 dual mono Power amp
modified Philips cd371
fane 15" sb speakers
BTE designs balanced power supply