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aarond;95074 wrote:
Well, the first view of the speakers by my significant other half this morning.

 

 

 

'They are no more profoundly ugly than the other speakers'...

 

 

 

'Can we remove the marble bases, they look fake'...

 

 

 

'They are not much less obtrusive'...

I am speechless....... sounds like Mrs needs to be treated to a (educational) holiday in Italy ;)

 

 

I tried some violin last night - not Vivaldi, but Bach violin concertos by Julia Fishcer. Words cannot really describe the sound - it was just 'right' and I listened to the entire CD with eyes closed.

The current listening chain?... Any vacuum in there for those electrons to fly free in?

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aarond;95074 wrote:
Well, the first view of the speakers by my significant other half this morning.

 

 

 

'They are no more profoundly ugly than the other speakers'...

 

 

 

'Can we remove the marble bases, they look fake'...

 

 

 

'They are not much less obtrusive'...

 

 

 

I give up!!

 

 

 

 

Your delight is palpable, and so is my pleasure in that delight.

 

But I'm tired so this dung-coated gumboot of a story will have to stand in for a more detailed response... Rural delivery backed up to the door: "They're bloody heavy!" Under HER suspicious eye I carried the cartons into the living room as the postie, sensibly, fled. I eased this out from that; finally the first Daedalus DA-RMA emerged. Was the speaker TREMBLING? No, that must have been the sun shimmering on and off the solid wood. "Yes," she said decisively, "We'll keep those ones; they'll look nice in this room - providing they don't stick out too far."

 

Only then did I begin to hook up the, er, furniture.

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Some photos of my new babies.

 

My poor partner noted that I've taken more photos of stereo gear recently than of her. Luckily I maintained the presence of mind to inform her that her beautiful presence was with me each and everyday, therefore a photographic record was not really required. :)

 

Pictures are not really able to capture the physical presence of these beauties.

 

Image 470 shows the colour nicely, though they do seem to change in huue with the current lighting. Image 471 gives a reasonable indication of size - they are huge, with the tops of the stands being 90 cm and the top of the speaker 127cm.

 

 

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aarond;95197 wrote:

 

Pictures are not really able to capture the physical presence of these beauties.

 

 

If they sound as good as they look then I'm surprised that you have time to post here. Get back to the sweet spot immediately! Naturally, you'll need to reassure your partner. This can best be achieved by inviting her to share the sofa in front of the speakers. A generous soul might even let her choose the music. Then you'll have two sweet spots and an ideal Sunday.

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maxgates's advice is the best that you've received to date, aaron...

 

Get to it ;)

 

PS. Maybe a wee tidy of the dangling red cables behind the stands, tuck them in a touch, vertically perhaps... might help too to assuage her mild discontent.

 

PPS. God, they're gorgeous :cool::cool::cool:

 

maxgate;95201 wrote:
If they sound as good as they look then I'm surprised that you have time to post here. Get back to the sweet spot immediately! Naturally, you'll need to reassure your partner. This can best be achieved by inviting her to share the sofa in front of the speakers. A generous soul might even let her choose the music. Then you'll have two sweet spots and an ideal Sunday.

 

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neil;95205 wrote:
Very nice!! The cabinetry really is second to none.

 

Cheers! Do you recognise the speaker cables? I spent some time undoing your great termination work to get them bi-wired. Doesn't look as neat as the original, but sounds fine!

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Wow, simply magnificent Aaron! And I'm envious regarding the amount of free space for them (sigh).

Interestingly I have a pair of Usher Mini Dancer One's at home at the mo, the cabinet construction (layers of wood) is a dead ringer for your new supermodels!

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They are indeed a beautiful looking speaker but I'm more envious of the good sized room you appear to have to use them in and a partner who will at least tolerate hifi 'cluttering' up the house.

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Ilikecrumpets;95219 wrote:

 

Interestingly I have a pair of Usher Mini Dancer One's at home at the mo, the cabinet construction (layers of wood) is a dead ringer for your new supermodels!

 

Can you share pics and thoughts (another thread maybe)? Or is this for upcoming editorial content in Tone?

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curious_george;95222 wrote:
Can you share pics and thoughts (another thread maybe)? Or is this for upcoming editorial content in Tone?

 

Yeah George it is for a Tone piece, but I'll take a few pics and post 'em up tomorrow along with my initial listening impressions. Certainly they are stunningly built and styled, I'm just burning them in at the moment but so far listening has been very pleasureable!

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Ilikecrumpets;95219 wrote:
Wow, simply magnificent Aaron! And I'm envious regarding the amount of free space for them (sigh).

 

Interestingly I have a pair of Usher Mini Dancer One's at home at the mo, the cabinet construction (layers of wood) is a dead ringer for your new supermodels!

 

Franco Serblin of Sonus Faber would send out a mafia hit-squad if he read that.

:P

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PeteG;95627 wrote:
Have you met Franco Serblin? He is a dentist, not a gangster.

 

 

 

Lol.

 

Have you met Dustin Hoffman? He would claim there's not much difference.

:)

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jcooze;95291 wrote:
Aaron: the B&Ws are now on offer for $4300.00. You should get those too.
:)

 

Perhaps some sort of surround-sound or quadrophonic effect?

 

B&W now $4000 No Reserve. http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/Home-audio/Speakers-and-stands/Floor-speakers/auction-227535808.htm

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Nice, but for the love of God, lose the coffee table. They deserve better attention to acoustics than that.

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Alright, since we are now also refurnishing aaron's room for him...

 

May I humbly recommend a nice Italian Travertine Marble coffee table, to match the Homage Guarneri Memento spkr stands? :D

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Ah, but of course, this happens after the aforementioned Mediterranean holiday cruise to Italy.

 

Timing is everything ;)

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The exact words were: 'You are kidding, right?'.

 

(re. coffee table in marble)

 

Actually I must give credit to her for being tolerant of my hobby, it is better these days to be up front rather than sneaking things into the system...:)

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yes, I must say I am extremely lucky to have someone who actually appreciates hifi and especially music!

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aarond;95664 wrote:
It is better these days to be up front rather than sneaking things into the system...
:)

 

 

Sounds like a good poll idea: "What's the most expensive/most obvious component you've sneaked into your HiFi system?"

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Ilikecrumpets;95666 wrote:
Sounds like a good poll idea: "What's the most expensive/most obvious component you've sneaked into your HiFi system?"

 

I stole your idea and put it in the main forum for discussions...:)

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I had the pleasure of hearing Aarons new speakers today, and must say that they really are truly wonderful in the mid/high section. They are well and truly in the true audiophile grade of speaker, and look it too. Sure they lack some bass, but that is the price you pay for such a sweet, smooth sound, in a speaker of reasonable size.

 

Thanks for the listen Aaron :)

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too_tall;95885 wrote:
I had the pleasure of hearing Aarons new speakers today, and must say that they really are truly wonderful in the mid/high section. They are well and truly in the true audiophile grade of speaker, and look it too. Sure they lack some bass, but that is the price you pay for such a sweet, smooth sound, in a speaker of reasonable size.

 

 

 

Thanks for the listen Aaron
:)

 

Thanks for the kind words, too tall.

 

It was great to meet a fellow enthusiast, it would be great to return the visit some day to see what true 'large' speakers can do! :cool:

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Hi there Aaron, Thanks for the time to let me have a listen to your system. I would have probably stayed longer but Vanessa was showing signs of boredom!. She did, however, comment on how your speakers sounded so clear and natural, which is very uncommon for her, as she could not tell the difference between a pair of Image 412's and my old JM Lab electras!

 

It was interesting returning home to listen to my system after yours actually. My room is wood walls, but heavy carpet on the floor. Quite different in the treble, but I think that the sonus faber mid range is still absolutely to die for, even though as we discussed, its rather less than neutral. I don't have an issue with it being colored, as its "very well painted". My system is probably very much the opposite to yours, in that its much more neutral, has the scale and bass you can not achieve from stand mounts, and consumes far, far more of the room. My speakers, while interesting to look at, are not the work of art that yours are. I envy the aesthetics of your speakers!

I also envy your source, that CD player makes an excellent example of the music we briefly listened to.

 

I would love to revisit one day when you get around to deciding on what your going to use for your bass reinforcement. When I finalize my system your more than welcome to come for a drive into the country with a selection of music and enjoy the unlimited loud listening potential I have here ( no neighbors )

 

Regarding the SB duet I collected from you yesterday, it plugged in and worked with a power cycle of the player being all that was required... No comments as to the sound quality as of yet, I am in discussions with my retailer as to a suitable DAC to connect it to. His current suggestion is the new Cyrus unit. Will keep in touch.

 

P.S. For having to live in or around Auckland, you have a very nice spot with a stellar view. This coming from someone who would rather die than live in a city!.

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omegaspeedy;96437 wrote:
Aaron, some speaker cables to match your new SF's One of the best in the world for $950.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wish I had the spare cash f%#k I hate not having the cash at the right time when deals like this come up!

 

Yep, no spare cash after buying the SFs...

 

I've got some good solid copper Audioquest cables now, next thing in the future will be getting the lower bass sorted out properly.

 

My word these speakers grow on you, I can't get enough time with them at present.

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