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  1. Beerbudget audiophile

    Transmission line speakers?

    Not yet, I have been a little busy, but I plan to before I make my next decision for a pair of speakers. It has been said that once I hear... I will never go back to ported... we’ll see
  2. Beerbudget audiophile

    Transmission line speakers?

    Oh, and timber veneer makes for a nice looking piece of art
  3. Beerbudget audiophile

    Transmission line speakers?

    I have thought a little about what I’m looking for, I think it is probably some of the same things everyone is after... 1. Perfection? Or as close as I can get to it without having to take a second mortgage out, the “hair standing up on your arms” kind of sound when listening to music. (My Little Richter Harlequin mk1 are the first speaker I have owned that has managed this, but I’m craving a little more lower Bass response) 2. Without getting into a p$ssng contest with neighbours or mates and damaging audio equipment - Good solid quality sound at low volume and be able to give a good kick in the guts when called for. 3. Aussie made/designed (bragging rights over mates that have bought off the shelf)
  4. Beerbudget audiophile

    Transmission line speakers?

    After seeing Ascension/Adelaide Speakers talked about on SNA it prompted me to look at their website. Are the specs really that impressive? Very low top and bottom end +/- 2db? If so, It would be a fairly safe buy without auditioning... surely... I have not yet listened to a Transmission line speaker, in simple terms, how do these sound compared to a ported box? Do they have the same presence when the volume is turned “up”? They all appear to have similar frequency response, and I’m sure all the models sound very different. I think I would aim at about the Summoner 1093sqtl or dqtl, if anyone has a set of these, can you let me know what you think?
  5. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

    And I would get them confiscated on 630m2 block.
  6. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

    Yeah, Coupled with the fact that they were probably out of the price range of the “average” enthusiast, so I would guess not as many sold. Still, they would likely be in ok condition if found, because they would probably be cherished. Someone near me was selling a set for $1100 a few months back, was tempted to “Audition” them 😂.... but would most likely have fallen in love with them.
  7. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

    Thank goodness for that, I only have enough room in my life and loungeroom for one speaker designer 😂 . I do have garage though. The few bits of literature on these have different timelines for release dates... I really like these, they seem to be the best bits of every speaker I have ever owned or liked.
  8. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

    Silly question, Did Ralph actually design the Wizard mk2? Or do I have a justifiable reason to collect some more speakers?
  9. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

    Oh, have I got my timeline wrong? When did Ralph Waters sell Richter? Are the mk2 wizards actually one of his designs? The logo is the same, I guess that doesn’t really matter. Either way, they sound very nice. I am still looking for a set of mk1 wizards, and a set of the elusive Paladins. nearly had a set of viable mk1 wizards for $70 but couldn’t make a decision...
  10. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

  11. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

    Have you managed to get these working yet? They look like a hell of a lot of fun!
  12. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

    Well, it has been about 4 months since I heard my first early generation Richter audio speakers, and I had no idea that a set of speakers would get me so hooked on a particular speaker designers offerings (unfortunately my wife wont let me buy one of each) I have now obtained a set of mk2 wizards (wont disclose what I ended up paying for them - not much at all) but I had to make 1 pair from 3 pairs - 1 pair had all the audax woofers replaced with vifa P17sJ00 shielded woofers for reasons “suspected” but unknown. I think that the wizards I have are later offerings due to the square grill and not the iconic oval shaped grill (1 donor pair had the oval grills) Positioned them according to instructions on the brochures on this site, 200mm from wall. I have bolted them to hardwood stands approx 400mm off the ground via the threaded feet holes (We have a “Monkey” plague and they like to push dust caps in) The sound from these was not what I expected, I think I had decided that it would be a little bass heavy due to the 2 drivers, but instead it sounds, well, “Damn clean” for lack of a better description. They really sound best turned up and benefit from the Yamaha’s variable “loudness” control at sensible levels (the instructions in the yamaha manual state “turn up to your loudest listening level and then turn the “loudness” dial down to adjust volume down). I think it’s safe to say that these are “Better” than the new speakers that I could have bought (in my price range of course) and that there are obviously pitfalls with buying secondhand that a few months of research helped identify. The speakers really make me appreciate a good recording and have shown how bad some digital “off the shelf” recordings can be. Vinyl sounds like HEAVEN through these (turntable recently upgraded). My system is inexpensive in comparison to the average wannabe Audiophile, it makes me wonder what a $10000 plus system actually sounds like. I was surprised at the simplicity of the crossover (my Harlequin mk1 crossover is a work of art compared to the Wizard mk2...), the bracing across the middle and sides of the cabinet and the “less is more” approach to dampening material, I seriously thought that someone had removed some of the wool but I had 2 other pairs to compare with. I have had Bang and Olufsen Beovox C-75 speakers on a Bang and Olufsen system, I have had Sansui SP-35 speakers on a sansui AU-555a amp, Marantz with Mordaunt short speakers but these babies, both the Harlequin and Wizards are just outright fun and the best I have had so far. It also feels less wanky to quote a name of a speaker than a few letters and numbers. Thanks again to Mr Ralph Waters Still think the Harlequin mk1 is the most pleasing on the eye I have read that the Wizards benefit from a crossover upgrade, but after some basic research re: phase shift, I would never alter this. Wool sits over this brace and is fastened to back of cabinet at top and bottom
  13. Beerbudget audiophile

    Richter Dragon mk1

    I have become a little bit hooked Ralph waters designed speakers.... I went looking for a pair of wizard mk2 the other day... I ended up with 3 pairs to make 1 set - when you want something bad enough on a beer budget, you have to work for it! The wife says “Good, now you can get rid of some of the other speakers” I haven’t the heart to tell her..... I still love the Little Harlequin mk1s, they are like my favourite Leather Jacket, or Favourite Trinket.
  14. Beerbudget audiophile

    Ralph Waters, Richter loudspeaker magician

    That’s them, but no photos, vague description. transmission line hybrid got my attention, seems a little experimental... Maybe this model was not as popular?
  15. Beerbudget audiophile

    Richter Dragon mk1

    Does anyone have any information, photos, etc of the richter Dragon mk1? There seems to be even less info available for these than the Harlequins, Wizards and Excalibur... were they unpopular? Cheers?
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