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Being a newbee at this whole HiFi/home theater system, i'm seeking feedback on some speakers that i'm tossing up about wether or not to buy.

I've been doing a bit of research on a company called Adelaide Speakers and i like the look & price of either their Acsension 'Summoner 1283' or the 'Sidewinder 1226sb' models but I'm unable to find any reviews on the net on either model.

These speakers would predominately be for the use in a home theater system and to a lesser degree for listening to music.

Any thoughts or reviews on either of these models would be appreciated?

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I just recieved my 1093AQTL's from Adelaide Speakers,Love them.I spoke to many of the hifi dealers,tried to buy handmade local (Melbourne) ,tried to buy used (weird times there,like sellers not wantin

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Much like yourself, I've heard of them but not heard them. For that matter I've not even heard from someone who has.

So if you're ever in SA and find yourself near to the guy making and selling them, then there's a bunch of people ready to hear what you think of them should you get the chance to have a listen.

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Is this who I think it is ???? :)

Welcome snowboarder dude.

For the buck, the speakers look fine. Not heard them but the sidewinder jobbies look like the go for your HT wants.

Well I'll be buggered!

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My nextt door neighbour has a set - some years old and basically used as a HT set up. My ears wont be much of a reccomendation but mig be able to convince Tony M to pop around some time and he and I sould go and have a listen and give you some feedback as an interim measure until we gett a chnace to test some newer ones out at a proper GTG ? Tony M you intereresedd I know Ken across the roa wont mind at all - he would love the attention!

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My nextt door neighbour has a set - some years old and basically used as a HT set up. My ears wont be much of a reccomendation but mig be able to convince Tony M to pop around some time and he and I sould go and have a listen and give you some feedback as an interim measure until we gett a chnace to test some newer ones out at a proper GTG ? Tony M you intereresedd I know Ken across the roa wont mind at all - he would love the attention!

Yeah, sure, Andy....love to drop round and have a listen, but my opinion is of very limited value to anyone else. :)

I have to admit I came across this outfit a couple of years ago when I was trying to track down another speaker repairer in that neck of the woods (Marion) who had done some work on my old Wharfedales a few years before that.

He didn't suggest an audition of the Assention speakers and I didn't ask for one as I was pressed for time and I was really only trying to find the bloke that had previously done such a good job of resoldering wires to aluminium voice coils.

FWIW, Edward seemed a sincere sort of chap and the ones I saw looked quite well finished. But, they appeared to have been built to a fairly standard formula on a very strict budget and I guess I just didn't find them interesting enough to request a proper listen when he didn't offer it....

Cheers

Tony

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Thanks Andy & Tony, I look forward to your thoughts and findings on these speakers. I would rather have an opinion from someone like you guys and have an indication of what I'm getting before i buy than sitting here six months from now totally surprised by its possible shortfalls and wanting something more.

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i have bought some speakers from edward. i think they are the best value speakers available in australia and they sound top end. edward is a one man operation who does everything himself and cleans the floors also . i once told him that he should advertise more as hes speakers are so good.he replied that he does it more for a passion and doesnt worry about reviews etc as hes a one man band.

few of my friends here in WA have listened to his speakers here at my place and have put orders in to him.

he makes the best subwoofer that ive ever heard. his 15inch sub is so good and even good for music let alone movies.

i was going to buy krix speakers but edwards speakers are better.

anyone who wants more info pm me and i can give you more info

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Yeah, sure, Andy....love to drop round and have a listen, but my opinion is of very limited value to anyone else. ;)

I have to admit I came across this outfit a couple of years ago when I was trying to track down another speaker repairer in that neck of the woods (Marion) who had done some work on my old Wharfedales a few years before that.

He didn't suggest an audition of the Assention speakers and I didn't ask for one as I was pressed for time and I was really only trying to find the bloke that had previously done such a good job of resoldering wires to aluminium voice coils.

FWIW, Edward seemed a sincere sort of chap and the ones I saw looked quite well finished. But, they appeared to have been built to a fairly standard formula on a very strict budget and I guess I just didn't find them interesting enough to request a proper listen when he didn't offer it....

Cheers

Tony

well tony that was afew years back, why dont you go and have a listen now?

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Well yardley, if they perform as well as they look on the site (and by the specs), I may have found my next upgrade ;)

Interesting.

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i have bought some speakers from edward. i think they are the best value speakers available in australia and they sound top end. edward is a one man operation who does everything himself and cleans the floors also . i once told him that he should advertise more as hes speakers are so good.he replied that he does it more for a passion and doesnt worry about reviews etc as hes a one man band.

few of my friends here in WA have listened to his speakers here at my place and have put orders in to him.

he makes the best subwoofer that ive ever heard. his 15inch sub is so good and even good for music let alone movies.

i was going to buy krix speakers but edwards speakers are better.

anyone who wants more info pm me and i can give you more info

Have tried to PM you wont let me

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datafone his website is abit out of date . hes jarrah finish speakers do really look nice and even better with the grills removed.
Better than the ones on there now, WOW!, I really would like to see that site up dated.
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also his freight costs are great. centre speaker and sub 75kg in total freighted to my door 90bucks from adelaide and i live south of perth.

afew members have PM me and i wish them all the best in there speaker search

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Well I’ve taken the plunge and gone ahead and order a pair of speakers from Adelaide Speakers. I decided on the Sidewinder 1226sd model with a few cosmetic modifications.

Edward the owner/builder was (IMO) a wealth of knowledge, although much of it was above my level, he still provided a lot of good information on the build of the speakers and few tweaks that I should do at home to get the best sound out of them.

On the down side he has a backlog of orders to fulfill and I will have to sit back and wait about three weeks for them to be built and courier over.

Happy days

:):):D:)

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I'm sorry I let you down in terms of havi a listen to my neighbours speakers - just have not been able to arrannge a time to catch up - sorry to be so slack but I am sure you will be happy based on others feedback.

Better let us know

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Good stuff snow man, I am looking forward to seeing and hearing these speakers once they arrive. On paper they do seem excellent value.

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No problems Andythiing.

LD, I was thinking you could come around when i get them and give me a hand to set them up.

(Hope you are getting some sun up there, forcasted to rain back here on your ar

you have done well and im sure you will like them.

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its good too see west aussies buying edwards speakers. my mate heard mine and is buying these wonderful speakers. adelaide is so lucky to have so many good speaker manufacturers.

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I see from the website that he uses solid wood cabinets. How do they sound? Isn't solid wood meant to resonate more than the MDF? Other than that, they do look good value for money.

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hope you can do that rural rat. it would be handy for a south aussie to give a feedback on edwards speakers. im here in west oz and have given my thoughts after buying these speakers in which i have a very high regard for.

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Well I have to wait three weeks for mine too and it is going to be a difficult wait. I sat down with Edward last Thursday and we talked and listened for a couple of hours comparing the few speakers he had ready to go. (The rest of his house is filled with components) It was a real pleasure. I re-discovered the long sleeping audiophile in me. I was impressed with the clarity and detail of the sound across the frequency range and his willingness to tweak the speakers to meet my wishes. The ones I have ordered are not exactly on the web site but are non-ported 3 ways and stand 900 by 240 wide and 320 deep. Not too big but hopefully big enough. The price / value equation was the decider. I have listened to others including the VAFs which are impressive but for my budget the Ascensions are too tempting. Guess I will have a more considered opinion in a few weeks. Ahh.

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ozpaul, was that your first post? Welcome to the forum and what a good first-up post. It must be good to purchase 'tailer made' speakers.

Looking forward to your updates when the speakers finally arrive.

Are you from SA - Don't forget to insert your State in your profile.

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Well I have to wait three weeks for mine too and it is going to be a difficult wait. I sat down with Edward last Thursday and we talked and listened for a couple of hours comparing the few speakers he had ready to go. (The rest of his house is filled with components) It was a real pleasure. I re-discovered the long sleeping audiophile in me. I was impressed with the clarity and detail of the sound across the frequency range and his willingness to tweak the speakers to meet my wishes. The ones I have ordered are not exactly on the web site but are non-ported 3 ways and stand 900 by 240 wide and 320 deep. Not too big but hopefully big enough. The price / value equation was the decider. I have listened to others including the VAFs which are impressive but for my budget the Ascensions are too tempting. Guess I will have a more considered opinion in a few weeks. Ahh.

Can only reinforce these thoughts. I too spent 1-2 hours listening to both my own selections and Edwards recommendations. Mightily impressed! I dont think anyone could be more helpful and patient. I dont profess to be an expert but what he has to demo sure sounded fine to me. A little more discussion of my needs/wants/preferences and I am pretty sure where my $ are going.

Just want to hang off for the VAF GTG though.

Decisions, decisions:)

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A little more discussion of my needs/wants/preferences and I am pretty sure where my $ are going.

Just want to hang off for the VAF GTG though.

Decisions, decisions:)

Lucky bugger!!:P

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welcome ozpaul. edward is making me a 15inch sub for my theatre room which i ordered today. hes pretty busy building speakers so its going to be about three weeks. when hes built it your welcome to go and have a listen and anyone also from stereonet is welcome to have a listen too.

my mate has got one and its amazing, great for movies but also for music.

hes a great speaker builder but also a great subwoofer builder too...cheers

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OK, after thinking about this for a couple of days I will attempt to convey my impressions. Bearing in mind the demo speakers Edward uses are from the Timberwolf range with max price around $800/pr. I also make no claims on being an expert on this, just really enjoy my music.

The clarity of sound is superb in all ranges (to my ear at least). Highs crystal clear, Bass very nice and creamy without being overwhelming with the extreme lows being felt as well as heard. Midrange also very clear, the overall cohesiveness really impressed.

Soundstage and headroom immense. Most of this was at lower/mid volumes so by no means blowing us away.

One CD I provided is unique as it was made by a friend of mine in a private studio in The Barossa, so not a big$ production. Folky acoustic stuff. I could have sworn Carol was in that room singing to us!:)

On top of this Ed provides individual tweaking as required to suit amp/room whatever you want.

I will most likely go for the Summoner 963, with a few tweaks to suit my room. Which Ed assures me will be better again! With more of everything.

Should I change my amp, I will let Ed know, he will give them another tweak if necessary.

So hard not to be impressed with all this......But the VAF GTGs not far off either:rolleyes:

I did also view a set of back speakers for a "West Australian guy". Anyone here? They look superb!

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Hey! well done RR. you make me want to run out and buy a pair - If I had the money, that is:rolleyes:

Does he have a special demo room or shed that he does all this in?

For a $1,000, I don't think you would get much from VAF's.

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Hey! well done RR. you make me want to run out and buy a pair - If I had the money, that is:rolleyes:

Does he have a special demo room or shed that he does all this in?

For a $1,000, I don't think you would get much from VAF's.

I am thinking the same regards the $. Wallets is a trembling!!

No special room, basic lounge room in a house thats about to be demolished. He's moving real soon.

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