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Has anyone here got any experience with these speakers?

I've read quite a lot on them and they get fantastic reviews, though being over on the West Coast in Perth I can't drop by their shop and audition them.

Anyone on here from Perth and running a set?

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My setup. Monuments with Elite crossover upgrade.    

Here they are with the first layer of sealer applied:       To see them beside what I would consider 'normal' sized floor standers really shows the scale of them!

More progress pictures - the veneer looks like it should be a great visual match for my rack 😍          

Initally very impressive but they suffer from a poorly refined top end, especially in the more expensive models which should be much better. Cabinets are beautiful and extremely well made, drivers are absolute top notch, awesome bass......top end sucks :)

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After a review of Osbournes top speaker, the reviewer suggested that the tweeter should be wired out of phase {I can't remember the exact reason why},at any rate,osbourne responded that he would hence forth wire all his speakers this way.

That's probably why you think the top end sucks Mondie.

I would of thought if it sounded better on the top model[subjective,and somewhat dubious IMHO] it wouldn't always make the rest of his line up sound better.

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Tweaky,

l remember that reveiw, if l wasn't on a slow dial up connection at the moment l would search for it as a little light entertainment.

You have to wonder about the amount of trial and error that went into refining the speakers for a reviewer to come out and recommend such a mod even if it works. Bizzare l reckon.

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You'd think that if the tweeter was out of phase, the designer would be on to it pretty damn quickly..................You'd think.................

For the sort of dollars being asked, it should be bang on the money at release.

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You'd think that if the tweeter was out of phase, the designer would be on to it pretty damn quickly..................You'd think.................

For the sort of dollars being asked, it should be bang on the money at release.

Yes yes and yes, unbelievable for $12k plus.

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Tweaky - That's just the Osborn home page?

I'm heading over to Melb early next year so will audition them for myself. Any other recommended Oz speaker manufacturers? I've heard of VAF, but haven't listened to them as I'm in Perth.

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Tweaky - That's just the Osborn home page?

I'm heading over to Melb early next year so will audition them for myself. Any other recommended Oz speaker manufacturers? I've heard of VAF, but haven't listened to them as I'm in Perth.

Here's a review l co-wrote a little while back about my experiences with VAF and Equinox;

http://users.bigpond.com/gkaan/i-93vsjupiter.htm

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Link to Australian Speaker manufactures.

http://www.htcentral.net/forums/index.php?...?showtopic=1167

If your are a australian speaker manufacture and not on this list please feel free to add your name so we ALL know about you.

Spread the Joy!

Suggest replicating the same sort of sticky at Planet Audio as the HTC one was made up from posts that people had sent in.

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  • 9 months later...

I am still in the process of getting new floorstanding speakers, but have narrowed down the 'would likes' to Orpheus Aurora 3 Signature - which I have listened to - and Osborn Interludes (Eclipse if the accountant would stretch the budget!) which I havent listened to.

In know one member rather likes the Interludes (understatement!), are there any other Osborn owners who could add their comments, and do any of you live in Sydney? Is the extra money well spend on the Eclipse over the interlude?

Thanks.

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In know one member rather likes the Interludes (understatement!), ~Thanks.

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hehe nothing wrong with a bit of unbridled LOVE ! hehe

dont own a pair krisko, but what I heard of the interludes I liked. Dont know anyone else with osborns sorry.

Best thing you can do is have a listen for your self and trust your ears. Greg as far as will even lend a pair for a home demo. which would be well worth taking up on. And think its been posted there is a sydney/nsw outlet ? not sure if they lend as well.

have a listen to both speakers and go with which ever you prefer.

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I guess you were refering to me *blushes*.

I had a member here PM me yesterday with his impressions after listening to the Interludes, Eclipse and Epitomes, hopefully that member will post his thoughts in this thread.

To sum up what he told me, he said that the Eclipse to his ears were a big step up from the the Interludes, and the Epitomes were a small step up again (without additional bass units). I think he is interested in the Eclipses or the reference eclipse.

If I had the money at the time I bought mine I definately would have thought long and hard about getting the Eclipse, Ill probably look at getting Reference Eclipse's at a later date.

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I guess you were refering to me *blushes*.

I had a member here PM me yesterday with his impressions after listening to the Interludes, Eclipse and Epitomes, hopefully that member will post his thoughts in this thread.

To sum up what he told me, he said that the Eclipse to his ears were a big step up from the the Interludes, and the Epitomes were a small step up again (without additional bass units). I think he is interested in the Eclipses or the reference eclipse.

If I had the money at the time I bought mine I definately would have thought long and hard about getting the Eclipse, Ill probably look at getting Reference Eclipse's at a later date.

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How did you guess!

As this will be a big purchase to last a long time, thats exactly what I want to hear about the Interlude and Eclipse.

The other unknown speaker is Aslan's "Pro Cinema " - does that some anywhere near the Osborns? Andrew is a lot more local to be able to check them out, at least he is in the same state!

I know at the end of the day I will have to audition the Osborns, its just that getting down to Melbourne aint as easy as a trip to Len Wallis....

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I havent heard Andrews Cinema speakers, but he has heard my Interludes when he was down in melb last, so maybe he could comment. *Unfortunately its hard to talk about ones own product without sounding like they are blowing their own horn, it would be good to find an impartial person that has heard both, although Andrew is very trust worthy and honorable.*

It all comes down to personal choice and what blows up your skirt so to speak. I think the Eclipse are the best looking in the range and being a 3-way speaker appeals to me. (also the tweeter is more at ear level with the Eclipse over the Interlude - But as Andrew and I found out it shouldnt be a problem as we did some testing with phone books but thats another story)

David Wurtz in Wagga is a dealer for Osborn, you could contact him to see what he has in stock.

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I had a member here PM me yesterday with his impressions after listening to the Interludes, Eclipse and Epitomes, hopefully that member will post his thoughts in this thread.

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That would be me :(

Yes as you said. We listened to the Interlude's, Eclipse's, and then the Epitomes' (with/without bass modules). It's worth noting that I now have a pair of Ambience 1800 and so I'm used to a certain sound.

Anyway. On one recording I wasn't happy with the interludes at all, however they sounded "good" with some of the other CDs. But overall I wasn't "sold". I wanted more :biggrin:

Plug in the Eclipses. It took me 2 seconds. I had a big grin. For me this was a significant step up. There was so much more bottom end, I liked the top end more also (and the mid range). The dynamics were incredible. Put it this way. I will buy these speakers, if a don't lash out and get the Epitomes.

The Epitomes. Less of a jump in improvement. They were more "musical". The "bad" recording was now quite impressive. The "choir" singing with "Nusrat F A K" seemed to have more members now. For me the bass modules increased the size of the soundstage. My mate thought the improved the overall sound even more.

In all I think I would (will) be very happy the Eclipses. It's just a matter whether the step up to the Epitomes is worth the $$. In the real world I don't really have the room for the bass modules now. So I would need to have another listen specifically to the Epitomes (san Bass Modules) and the Eclipses.

FYI The AMP was the Consonance M100 Integrated Valve, CD was the R2.2.

Cheers

DaveA

PS Watch out for some Ambience 1800 coming up for sale soon.......

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Danton, thanks for the information.

So the Eclipse will be able to reproduce the bass on Kraftwerk Minimum/Maximum then!

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hehehe from the start of this thread it sure was (cue stage left DRIZT) hehee

Don't know about that, there's some major sub bass in those tracks...

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Hi Krisko, and welcome to the forum.

Firstly, the Epitomes.............I must say I was impressed with them in Drizt's setup..........look and finish are excellent, imaging and vocalising likewise. From memory Drixt had a Rotel CDP and MF A3.5 amp connected up. All in all a very nice system and great value for money IMHO.

With tracks like Kraftwerk, regardless which compact towers you buy, I would recommend a small subbie to augment the bottom octave or two.

In regards to my pro-cinema's, the original bass driver is no longer available (unless I order 500 at a time from the factory - which is bloody ridiculuous for a small manufacturer). I'm still on the hunt for a replacement, so they are temorarily unavailable. I guess this answers your question doesn't it!

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Thanks for the kind words Andrews, just a little ammendment to what Andrew said, I have the Interludes not the Epitomes.

Hi Krisko, and welcome to the forum.

Firstly, the Epitomes.............I must say I was impressed with them in Drizt's setup..........look and finish are excellent, imaging and vocalising likewise. From memory Drixt had a Rotel CDP and MF A3.5 amp connected up. All in all a very nice system and great value for money IMHO.

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Kriso, Danton, have you guys done any more investigations? You guys have me intrigued now and got my imagination running wild with upgrades... hehe (not going to happen any time in the next 12 months, who hasn't said that before :))

hehehe from the start of this thread it sure was (cue stage left DRIZT) hehee

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Yeap, it seems as if i have a rep now for being biased so maybe im not the person to talk about them anymore as i get a few frowns. :)

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Seems you may loose your Robinson Curouso status Dizt :biggrin: if someone else buys into your Osbourne hype :wink:

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Yeap, it seems as if i have a rep now for being biased so maybe im not the person to talk about them anymore as i get a few frowns. :)

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nah dont hold back ! nothing wrong with telling the world you like somethign or think its great.

Seems you may loose your Robinson Curouso status Dizt :biggrin: if someone else buys into your Osbourne hype :wink:

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hehe you mean Robinson Crusoe or is that the operatic version hehe

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~SNIP~

Plug in the Eclipses. It took me 2 seconds. I had a big grin. For me this was a significant step up. There was so much more bottom end, I liked the top end more also (and the mid range). The dynamics were incredible. Put it this way. I will buy these speakers, if a don't lash out and get the Epitomes.

The Epitomes. Less of a jump in improvement. They were more "musical". The "bad" recording was now quite impressive. The "choir" singing with "Nusrat F A K" seemed to have more members now. For me the bass modules increased the size of the soundstage. My mate thought the improved the overall sound even more.

~SNIP~

Cheers

DaveA

PS Watch out for some Ambience 1800 coming up for sale soon.......

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I take it these were the standard model and not the reference model?

At around $3400 for the standard I wonder how much the upgrade would be.

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I’m currently contemplating upgrading my speakers to 3ways, and I’m not sure wether to get my current ones unknown brand revamped or just buy something like these. I don’t require anymore bottom end, but would like something that went a bit higher in freq for my SACD’s.

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I take it these were the standard model and not the reference model?

At around $3400 for the standard I wonder how much the upgrade would be.

Osborn Eclipse

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I'm currently contemplating upgrading my speakers to 3ways, and I'm not sure wether to get my current ones unknown brand revamped or just buy something like these. I don't require anymore bottom end, but would like something that went a bit higher in freq for my SACD's.

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Spearmint the reference ones with lead lining and TLR tweeter is $5100. Bit of a plug for the speaker list, its listed here -> Floor standing list

I'm currently thinking about them for the future. In a fantasy world I have been thinking of the following.

Droplet CDP

Stello P200 pre

Elektra Theatre 7

Behringer CX2300

Couple of subs

I was thinking use one channel of the Elektra to drive the top set of terminals (mid + tweeter), then use the behringer to crossover the second channel to bottom set of terminals which drive the bass driver (crossover for the bass driver in the eclipse is set at 125Hz and I would set the behringer to say 50Hz) and have the lower bass sent to the stereo subs. Of course this may be all wrong, but thats just what I have been day dreaming about.

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At the Melbourne HES show in both 2004 and 2005 (didn't get there this year) I ended up spending more time in the Osborn room than any other. Sounded like some seriously good sound for the $. But I had some reservations about the relatively large footprint of the Epitomes, especially with the bass modules. Now that I'm looking for decent speakers, this brand's got to be on the short-list. maybe the Eclipses warrant a careful listen.

BTW Drizt, I reckon we're all a bit biased towards stuff that we've bought and remain impressed by......not that I'd ever be guilty of that. :wink:

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Thanks Drizt, fantastic list of speakers BTW. I guess I should have checked it earlier. :)

You should also check out the Aksa Swift pre as well since it has a sub out built in.

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Cheers, yeah ill have to check it out when the time comes, still a long wait for the next run of upgrades..

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Yeap, it seems as if i have a rep now for being biased so maybe im not the person to talk about them anymore as i get a few frowns. :)

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Bah I wouldn't worry, a man has got to have his passions mate!

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The accountant let me know on the weekend that the Eclipses are definately outside of the financial budget, so I have to get back to reality and stick with floorstanders around the $2000 budget!

I was looking forward to having a 3 way system, but so much for dreams!!

Does any other aussie manufacturer make a 3 way design?

Andrew - any 3 way 8" speakers on the design pad?

Does it really matter if its a 2, 2 1/2, 3 or 4 way systems I guess if it sounds good, thats the best system. Is that the case, or will some designs always have inherant limitations that will always affect their sound?

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Does it really matter if its a 2, 2 1/2, 3 or 4 way systems I guess if it sounds good, thats the best system. Is that the case, or will some designs always have inherant limitations that will always affect their sound? [/b]

Only way to know if it makes a difference to you is to go have a listen for yourself. I love my 2-way speakers and to me they were the best i could buy in that price bracket. What you need to do is find your price bracket, then go audition all the speakers that fall in that price bracket and make a decision.

One way to think about it is... for the money you are looking at will you get a better quality two way speaker or a three way speaker. A 3 way has higher complexity crossovers, more drivers, usually bigger cabinet and hence cost more. All food for thought..

There are plenty of speakers out there that are 3 - way, have a look through this list, and do a google on the ones that fall in your price range. Floorstander List

a little cut and paste from the list above - these are within your price bracket (note the list is not big enough yet, but it is getting there)

$1500 - Krix Lyrix Gold (Aus)

$1598 - VAF DC-7 (Aus)

$1699 - Klipsch RF-25

$1699 - Monitor Audio RS6

$1900 - Equinox Periphelion (Aus)

$1,930 - Osborn F5 (Aus)

$1975 - Epos M15.2

$1995 - Legend Kama 4 (Aus)

$1,999 - B&W DM603S3

$2000 - Krix Symphonix (Aus)

$2000 - Elite Aesthet MKII

$2099 - Klipsch RF-35

$2,195 - Osborn Interlude (Aus)

$2200 - Monitor Audio RS8[/b]

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If you can use a soldering iron, then the Vaf DC-X Gen 4's are $2,000 plus delivery. I've not heard'm but I'm sure they offer good bang for buck!

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If you can use a soldering iron, then the Vaf DC-X Gen 4's are $2,000 plus delivery. I've not heard'm but I'm sure they offer good bang for buck![/b]

I have, and I don't like them. When I was at VAF's and listening to them, the salesman saw me pull a look and I told him I was disappointed with the sound. Bass was plentiful, but it was fat and boomy and seemed to be mostly midbass and not true low bass. The bass was so offensive that it clouded some of the lower midrange. The trebles were only just adequate. It is rare that I can find not a single good thing to say about a product (I guess that's why i'm not a hi-fi reviewer!) but I thought that the DC-X were truly awful, and not even worth the very low price.

A few people have disagreed with me, and say that the DC-X sounds better at home than it does in the VAF showroom. Maybe they are right, although I would sort of expect the designer of the speakers to know how to set them up properly in his own showroom.

Anyway, after my disapproving opinion I was guided to listen to the I-66 and I-93's. Now THESE are proper hi-fi speakers! I preferred the sound of the I-66. It was exciting, dynamic, great imaging, great bass. And very good value. The I-93's were more of the same but bigger sound (a bit too much speaker for my listening room, I thought). But unfortunately both of these are above your budget.

You might like to consider a high quality bookshelf speaker like the VAF I-91, Dynaudio, or ProAc Tablette 8.

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Thanks Amfibius.

I'd read other forum entries to that effect about the VAFs.

Funny you mention bookshelf speakers - I was originally thinking of adding 2 subs to a pair of Jamo Signature bookshelf speakers I have, but wasnt sure what sound I would end up with. As I dont have a HiFi amp with pre-outs it would have to drive the subs directly then use the sub's crossover to drive the Jamos. In effect I'd be buying 2 nice powered subs and then not using their amps. Being a fan of Electronic music I just need that bass...!

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Hi just wondering if anyone has any experience with Greg Osborne's F1 bookshelf speakers? Just general impressions and thoughts.

I'm considering either Krix Equinoxs or Osborn F1s in a 2 channel system and am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for either one?

They will be powered by a 35 watt per channel Valve amplifier.

Thanks in advance0291d0_289775e43f534329a1e6129999e9d39b_mv2.gifEquinox_Mk3_Black_Woodgrain.jpg

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I can't comment on the Krix because I've never heard them.  I have had the F1's for about 6 years now, used as rears in my living room.  When I was running them in I had them sitting on top of my Eclipses.  At the time we had numerous tradies floating through the newly built house, and a few commented on how good the Eclipses sounded.  You can imagine their response when I told them I was only driving the F1's.  A big clean sound for their size, very transparent and easy to drive.

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