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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.
Thanks for the response I really appreciate it, my Dad is using the Equinox mk2's as rears right now so I can try them out in my system but I'm really interested in the F1's aswell, thanks again.
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Your way up the ladder from me Neil. Everytime I see the word 'crossovers' I see pedestrian crossings. Anthony Holton found that out a few years ago after he wasted 3/4's of an hour me seated near the

It's not just the grille fabric but also the frame itself. I've tested many different grilles (on/off) and there is usually a big enough measurable difference that the average audiophile could expect

It's been a bit of a journey Joz. With the Eclipse towers and their beryllium tweeters I found the sound too bright initially when moving to the Pnyx. I've since changed out the crap Electroharmonix v

Krix speakers are not bad, but for the price there better speakers out there.
Usher 520 will be a better buy.
Thanks for the suggestion, some people would probably find my reasoning silly but I'm really into Australian made products so I've been looking at Krix and Osborn speakers for a new setup
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Good on you to support Aus manfacturers.

I actually have a surround sound system of Osborn speakers:

  • Eclipse Reference Towers
  • C3 Centre
  • E2 for rears

Cant go wrong with Osborn. Especially if you buy used.

All the best with your journey.

 

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2 minutes ago, Gryffles said:

Given the Aus made preference, have you considered Lenehan ML1?

ML1 is a very good option,

IMO almost too good for rears.

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Given the Aus made preference, have you considered Lenehan ML1?
I considered the ML1's but had trouble finding a price and haven't looked into a quote, do you have a rough idea?
I'm on a budget and will also be buying an amplifier at the same time so am looking for something relatively cheap/entry level
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Good on you to support Aus manfacturers.
I actually have a surround sound system of Osborn speakers:
  • Eclipse Reference Towers
  • C3 Centre
  • E2 for rears
Cant go wrong with Osborn. Especially if you buy used.
All the best with your journey.
 
Thanks for the input
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I won't make a recommendation in comparison to the other speakers but I admittedly have become a bit of a fan of the Richter Legend V range of bookshelf speakers.  I have heard the Merlin and Mentor and in regards to your budget they would fit as they are on special at Richter dealers for EOFY sale purposes and are Australian designed and still locally manufactured I believe.

 

New cabinet design, Brad Serhan designed both of the bookshelf models, extensive crossovers and award winners etc etc.  The quality of voice reproduction is exceptional.

 

Worth a listen at least I think.

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I won't make a recommendation in comparison to the other speakers but I admittedly have become a bit of a fan of the Richter Legend V range of bookshelf speakers.  I have heard the Merlin and Mentor and in regards to your budget they would fit as they are on special at Richter dealers for EOFY sale purposes and are Australian designed and still locally manufactured I believe.
 
New cabinet design, Brad Serhan designed both of the bookshelf models, extensive crossovers and award winners etc etc.  The quality of voice reproduction is exceptional.
 
Worth a listen at least I think.
Thanks for the suggestion, I've purchased two of Richter's radios, one for home and a portable one as a present for a friend, it even said G'day when you fired it up.
I think Richter have moved manufacturing to overseas which is a disappointment otherwise they would be on my radar, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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1 hour ago, Farpun said:

I considered the ML1's but had trouble finding a price and haven't looked into a quote, do you have a rough idea?
I'm on a budget and will also be buying an amplifier at the same time so am looking for something relatively cheap/entry level

Can be had for $1400 to $2000 used depending on the model, age etc. Probably are to good for rears as suggested

There are some Spendors in the classifieds right now for $700

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Can be had for $1400 to $2000 used depending on the model, age etc. Probably are to good for rears as suggested
There are some Spendors in the classifieds right now for $700
Cool thanks for getting back to me
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4 hours ago, Farpun said:

I'm really into Australian made products

Lots of them listed here in this sticky. You'll be surprised at just how many there are. Greg's speakers yes and Krix and of course Phillip's VAF, Legend and others but there are a whole lot more out there.

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3 hours ago, Luc said:

@Farpun 

Lots of them listed here in this sticky. You'll be surprised at just how many there are. Greg's speakers yes and Krix and of course Phillip's VAF, Legend and others but there are a whole lot more out there.

Thanks for that I'll have a good look at it, so many great responses I really appreciate them.

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Best deal?  Well, I couldn't just accept them for free, so I bought him a bottle of 16 yr old single malt.  Nice to get hand me downs from members of the family.  (He just upgraded to a pair of Epitome Reference towers btw.)

 

These are the heaviest furniture I have EVER had to move.  They weigh 70kg each with the lead sheet lining.    Absolutely blown away by the sound.  I also listened to his new Epitome's and they are even better.  Mr. Osborn makes superb speakers, that's for sure.  I had read some people find them a bit bright, but not here - possible the valve phono and line preamps' influence.

 

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25 minutes ago, aussievintage said:

Best deal?  Well, I just couldn't just accept them for free, so I bought him a bottle of 16 yr old single malt.  Nice to get hand me downs from members of the family.  (He just upgraded to a pair of Epitome Reference towers btw.)

 

These are the heaviest furniture I have EVER had to move.  They weigh 70kg each with the lead sheet lining.    Absolutely blown away by the sound.  I also listened to his new Epitome's and they are even better.  Mr. Osborn makes superb speakers, that's for sure.  I had read some people find them a bit bright, but not here - possible the valve phono and line preamps' influence.

 

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Well done. I hate my family now!

Amazing score. I love these speakers 

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5 minutes ago, jakeyb77 said:

Well done. I hate my family now!

Amazing score. I love these speakers 

So do I now, and I only got them yesterday :)     A couple of very minor repairs - a dust cap had come unglued from one bottom driver, and one of the grills is only held on by 2 pins at the moment.  But  they have been well looked after, and well run in.

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5 minutes ago, aussievintage said:

So do I now, and I only got them yesterday :)     A couple of very minor repairs - a dust cap had come unglued from one bottom driver, and one of the grills is only held on by 2 pins at the moment.  But  they have been well looked after, and well run in.

See John Woodhead at Aranmar and he should be able to get the grills sorted for you . He makes the cabinets 

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1 minute ago, jakeyb77 said:

See John Woodhead at Aranmar and he should be able to get the grills sorted for you . 

OK.  Thanks for the tip. It's just the plastic pins.  I was thinking of a simple piece of velcro on the weak side would work fine.

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14 minutes ago, aussievintage said:

OK.  Thanks for the tip. It's just the plastic pins.  I was thinking of a simple piece of velcro on the weak side would work fine.

He has heaps of them. Might as well get them back to original. 

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From what I see under the grill these have to reference tweeter in them from Focal. These became unobtainium after a while so Greg swapped to the car version. 

These are a good get. I’d be contacting Greg just to see if there are any upgrades. From time to time he found a tweak or two.

Will do really well with valves in the system. Great get.

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9 minutes ago, gat474 said:

From what I see under the grill these have to reference tweeter in them from Focal. These became unobtainium after a while so Greg swapped to the car version. 

These are a good get. I’d be contacting Greg just to see if there are any upgrades. From time to time he found a tweak or two.

Will do really well with valves in the system. Great get.

Yes, metal tweeter with waveguide (berylllium?).

 

I wonder what they will sound like driven from my 2A3 SET amp?  Something to try later.

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Nice score AV enjoy!!

 

Love these stories...........love them more when they happen to me though :winky::winky:

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6 hours ago, gat474 said:

From what I see under the grill these have to reference tweeter in them from Focal. These became unobtainium after a while so Greg swapped to the car version. 

These are a good get. I’d be contacting Greg just to see if there are any upgrades. From time to time he found a tweak or two.

Will do really well with valves in the system. Great get.

I’m not the hugest fan of the old Focal tweeters, more because I play screaming rock then the actual speakers themselves. So I’d like to compare the new ones he uses. 

One day I’ll buy the Eclipse Reference Towers. 

Looking forward to hearing his room again at the show 

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55 minutes ago, jakeyb77 said:

I’m not the hugest fan of the old Focal tweeters, more because I play screaming rock then the actual speakers themselves. So I’d like to compare the new ones he uses. 

I think I can understand that.    As I play more stuff on these new speakers,  I am finding how they react to different styles of music.  Great on layback jazz, female vocals, classical.  Also, great on clean uptempo stuff, like Thelma Housten's I've got the music in me.  Haven't tried much rock yet, but yeah, maybe high level distortion "screaming" rock might be a bit harsh.

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Hi all

 

I  see used Osborne Eclipse on Ebay . Had opportunity listen to his biggest speakers but that was few years back  . Are there any Eclipse owners that can gives some opinion?.

 

 

cheers

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7 hours ago, same64 said:

Hi all

 

I  see used Osborne Eclipse on Ebay . Had opportunity listen to his biggest speakers but that was few years back  . Are there any Eclipse owners that can gives some opinion?.

 

 

cheers

 

 

Is this the ad? -

 

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Osborn-Eclipse-Loudspeakers-with-rare-Lead-Lining-option/113885643493?hash=item1a841d02e5:g:UpkAAOSwK-BdejCT&frcectupt=true

 

 

 

If so then this appears to be an ad by Greg Osborn (no 'e') himself.  His email is 'osspeak', the background of the photo sppears to be his home, and recent audio sales by this ebay seller are products he sells.  If that's the case, then you know the speakers will be 100% right, which is a good thing.

 

To answer all of your questions if they're the right speaker for you, head to his place for a listen.  :thumb:

 

I have owned a pair of Eclipses for 7 years now and I think, for the price, you'd be hard pressed to better them.  Solid cabinets, clear mid's and highs and bass that digs deep.  

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Those ebay ones are lead lined, which the generic Eclipses don't have, so that's a bonus.  Standard Eclipses weigh about 45kg each, so these would be much more than that.

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1 hour ago, Kaynin said:

Yes that's the ad.

 

 

Is this the ad? -

 

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Osborn-Eclipse-Loudspeakers-with-rare-Lead-Lining-option/113885643493?hash=item1a841d02e5:g:UpkAAOSwK-BdejCT&frcectupt=true

 

 

 

If so then this appears to be an ad by Greg Osborn (no 'e') himself.  His email is 'osspeak', the background of the photo sppears to be his home, and recent audio sales by this ebay seller are products he sells.  If that's the case, then you know the speakers will be 100% right, which is a good thing.

 

To answer all of your questions if they're the right speaker for you, head to his place for a listen.  :thumb:

 

I have owned a pair of Eclipses for 7 years now and I think, for the price, you'd be hard pressed to better them.  Solid cabinets, clear mid's and highs and bass that digs deep.  

 

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13 minutes ago, same64 said:

Now question is how much should i pay for it:-) .Under $ 2000 looks like a good deal. But auction is unpredictable.

 

 

The weight, and so the cost to ship, may put many off.  Maybe you can get them for under $2000 in auction.  Hate for you to miss out if you really want them though.  You'll have to decide :) 

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