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  1. A few months ago I decided to turn the great-sounding but ugly and complicated DIY 3 way actively EQed open baffle speakers I've been enjoying for many years into almost-as-good sounding, simple, WAF-friendly speakers I could maybe sneak into the living room. I was using a couple of MiniDSPs and a big ugly 8 channel amp. My initial thought was buy a couple of MiniDSP PWR-ICE125 plate amps and build them into the cabinets with a hybrid passive xover. When they arrived it became obvious that wasn't much more simple, so I switched to a passive crossover for ea
  2. Finished. 3 way passive open baffles. AST2560, Neo10, Satori WO24P. Corian baffle, sealed walnut bass enclosure.
  3. A few months ago I decided to turn the great-sounding but ugly and complicated DIY 3 way actively EQed open baffle speakers I've been enjoying for many years into almost-as-good sounding, simple, WAF-friendly speakers I could maybe sneak into the living room. I was using a couple of MiniDSPs and a big ugly 8 channel amp. My initial thought was buy a couple of MiniDSP PWR-ICE125 plate amps and build them into the cabinets with a hybrid passive xover. When they arrived it became obvious that wasn't much more simple, so I switched to a passive crossover for ea
  4. This is the 4th or 5th Anthem receiver I’ve owned. The sound makes it good, Anthem ARC makes it great. I bought this from Audio Active as a refurb a year ago for the bedroom system. It is in excellent nick with the full ARC kit and original packaging. I’ll throw in the hard to find serial adapter for ARC. Whilst I am somewhat surprised no-one has grabbed this, I have dropped the price again to meet the market. eBay will be next. :) Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in
  5. Until recently I had a Velodyne HGS10 sub which I'd owned for decades. I had to open it up to fix amps issues, but the driver (massive) and construction (massive) put modern subs to shame. It made my SVS SB1000 look and feel like a toy.
  6. I can't specifically comment on the i25 signatures, but until recently I was using the driver they picked (Seas C18) in some DIY speakers. It's a very expensive ($600+ AUD each) but very good coax driver. You need to be clever with the crossover, but I assume VAF are. I'm not sure I'd push it as low as they do. IMHO it is better in a 3 way like the i45 or, if you are handy, like the KingRo4Y. https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/seas-kingro4y-mk3-kit.16240/ But I'm sure VAF know what they are doing. B
  7. This is the 4th or 5th Anthem receiver I’ve owned. The sound makes it good, Anthem ARC makes it great. I bought this from Audio Active as a refurb a year ago for the bedroom system. It is in excellent nick with the full ARC kit and original packaging. I’ll throw in the hard to find serial adapter for ARC. Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for ea
  8. Yes, I could have been clearer. To maintain dipole radiation above a certain frequency requires the baffle to get narrower and narrower, ie Linkwitz LX521 and naked baffles like the Kyron. Panel speakers like Maggies and Apogees, for example, are not dipole except at low frequencies. Even though I currently have OBs which do have narrowing baffles, the others I’ve owned or built over the past 20 years did not, yet still sounded more alike than different. For me the big benefit of OBs is no box. A secondary benefit is front/back radiation that whils
  9. There's a pair of Genesis 5 in the Classifieds for around $5K. Multi-driver, dipole, active servo bass. I used to own a pair and they are as dynamic (and natural) as you would wish.
  10. I replaced by Watt/Puppies with a pair of these many years ago. Much better IMHO.
  11. Much as I like the sound and love the aesthetics of the similarly priced speakers I bought here on SNA a while back, I'm pretty sure these would trump them on the first criteria. I'm dubious that the changes to Mark 2 would be worth the considerable extra cost. If I thought my darling wife would allow it, I'd snap them up. Active speakers are inherently better than passive. Active speakers with even basic EQ and level controls are better still. That's why those who make our music use them. @SteveOscar These speakers may well reveal flaws in your
  12. I’ve actually had them for years. Two pairs initially. Used them in a fully active system then stored them when that system wasn’t practical in the new house. They are still great sounding, and ideal for my passive crossover/active EQ experiment. Parts Express still sell them (at double the old price) and have cheaper clones of which there are conflicting reports.
  13. So we come down to objective versus subjective. The LS3/5a is objectively not a very good speaker. Subjectively many swear by it. Neither is necessarily right or wrong. It depends on what you are after. I prize accuracy, and thus the LS3/5a is not a good speaker to me. But It is very enjoyable, so I completely understand why so many love it. It’s like my hypocritical love for my open baffles. I know they are wrong. But they are so enjoyably wrong I forgive them.
  14. Didn’t want to quote the full response to my earlier comment about good 3 ways being better than good 2 ways, but do want to mention that the response was nonsense. The whole purpose of creating a good three wY is to overcome the dispersion issues of crossing a big woofer to a small tweeter. Waveguides are a band-aid attempt to make two wrongs (woofer beaming/tweeter blooming) a right. Far better for controlled directivity is to cross from a woofer to a midrange before the woofer starts beaming, and then from the midrange to the tweeter before the mid start
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