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I always thought Ken Fritz' story, room and system to be the pinnacle of the hobby. Most of the gear including the turntable, speakers and the whole room he built himself.  

I’d trade it for "vinyls" any day. Makes my skin crawl  





Powerball Win ....  Speakers alone are $1,000,000+

 

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On 21/04/2021 at 10:19 PM, mwhouston said:

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Yep, they are BIG.

 

I always wish I'd taken some pics of a system I heard a few times in Clayton, VIC in the early 80's.

The guy was a builder, and a nice bloke.  He took a wall out in the house to join 2 rooms to accommodate it.

 

Speakers were not quite as big as these, but were huge and made up of 3 separate units each side.

Woofers were 15 or 18" Hartleys in enclosures the size of dining room tables.  Upper bass/Mids were handled by 10" Hartley full-range drivers.  These were in boxes that must have been around 60 litres and sat on top of the woofer enclosures.  Tweeters were ribbons, hand-made by the guy who put the whole system together for him.

 

All tube amplification.  Active woofer-mid crossover allowing a dedicated 2-channel amp for the Woofers.  And a 2nd 2-channel amp for the Mids & Tweeters with passive crossover.

 

His favorite demo record was a US pressing of Rita Coolidge - Anytime...Anywhere.  Sounded amazing.  I hadn't been playing bass for long at that time & hearing Lee Sklar's work so clean blew me away.

TT, arm and cart were all very nice, but I can't recall what they were now.

 

After the system was turned on there was a period of 1 cup of tea (or 1 stubby depending on the time of day) allowed for warm up before the first disk was spun.

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1 hour ago, surprisetech said:

 

Yep, they are BIG.

 

I always wish I'd taken some pics of a system I heard a few times in Clayton, VIC in the early 80's.

The guy was a builder, and a nice bloke.  He took a wall out in the house to join 2 rooms to accommodate it.

 

Speakers were not quite as big as these, but were huge and made up of 3 separate units each side.

Woofers were 15 or 18" Hartleys in enclosures the size of dining room tables.  Upper bass/Mids were handled by 10" Hartley full-range drivers.  These were in boxes that must have been around 60 litres and sat on top of the woofer enclosures.  Tweeters were ribbons, hand-made by the guy who put the whole system together for him.

 

All tube amplification.  Active woofer-mid crossover allowing a dedicated 2-channel amp for the Woofers.  And a 2nd 2-channel amp for the Mids & Tweeters with passive crossover.

 

His favorite demo record was a US pressing of Rita Coolidge - Anytime...Anywhere.  Sounded amazing.  I hadn't been playing bass for long at that time & hearing Lee Sklar's work so clean blew me away.

TT, arm and cart were all very nice, but I can't recall what they were now.

 

After the system was turned on there was a period of 1 cup of tea (or 1 stubby depending on the time of day) allowed for warm up before the first disk was spun.

i still listen to that Rita Coolidge album -Anytime Anywhere,played it to death back then,still enjoy it now?

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40 minutes ago, ray4410 said:

i still listen to that Rita Coolidge album -Anytime Anywhere,played it to death back then,still enjoy it now?

 

Likewise!  The same guy put me onto Gulf Winds (Joan Baez), Rose of Cimarron (Poco) and a few others. I've just remembered he also used to play a Vader Abraham album for the deep male vocals (no Smurfs on that one thankfully).

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I always thought Ken Fritz' story, room and system to be the pinnacle of the hobby. Most of the gear including the turntable, speakers and the whole room he built himself.

 

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22 minutes ago, mwhouston said:

Whatever floats your boat. 

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Trying to get a flat frequency response?

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43 minutes ago, fordute said:

Trying to get a flat frequency response?

Did he buy mats because his speakers are so low, or did he buy small speakers because he sits on mats :)

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On 21/04/2021 at 10:10 PM, mwhouston said:

Best open baffle I’ve ever seen.

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What are these, Mark?

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2 hours ago, mwhouston said:

Golly! 

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Are they on pivoting stands ? Why don't more speakers come out with that so you can get toe in dialled spot on !!

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On 24/04/2021 at 12:56 PM, mwhouston said:

 

Actually, from all that I have heard, and I have a pair myself, active speakers are superior to passives. The only reason they have not been commercially successful is the retail industry, which lives off punters swapping and changing gear, endlessly searching for improvement.

 

A well designed and implemented active speaker is endgame product. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Gandra said:

 

Actually, from all that I have heard, and I have a pair myself, active speakers are superior to passives. The only reason they have not been commercially successful is the retail industry, which lives off punters swapping and changing gear, endlessly searching for improvement.

 

A well designed and implemented active speaker is endgame product. 

 

 

You seem to be ignoring the option of a DIYer making their normally-passive spkrs, active, G.  :o

 

I've run my 3-way Maggies active for about 20 years; that is not to say that during this time, I haven't been able to improve them by changing amplifiers.  :)

 

Andy

 

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3 hours ago, mwhouston said:

If i could get them in wood grain I’d buy a pair. 

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Surely not, Mark!  :o  But what are they?

 

Andy

 

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4 minutes ago, andyr said:

 

Surely not, Mark!  :o  But what are they?

 

Andy

 

 

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Goebel Divin Majestic speakers.  Heard them in HK.  Pretty awesome sounding. 

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2 minutes ago, metal beat said:

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Goebel Divin Majestic speakers.  Heard them in HK.  Pretty awesome sounding. 

 

Thanks, Shane.  :thumb:  I don't dare to look them up, to find out what they cost.  :lol:

 

Andy

 

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1 hour ago, andyr said:

 

You seem to be ignoring the option of a DIYer making their normally-passive spkrs, active, G.  :o

 

I've run my 3-way Maggies active for about 20 years; that is not to say that during this time, I haven't been able to improve them by changing amplifiers.  :)

 

Andy

 

 

Hey Andy, you just seemed to have proved my point

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1 hour ago, metal beat said:

 

Andy

 

Goebel Divin Majestic speakers.  Heard them in HK.  Pretty awesome sounding. 

I'm afraid that if the cat knocked them over, they'd squash ME!:lol:

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2 minutes ago, GregWormald said:

I'm afraid that if the cat knocked them over, they'd squash ME!:lol:

Unless you’re cat is a lion, not much chance of that happening. ?

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