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  1. Delve a little more deeply and you will discover that in tight spaces it is controlled directivity that works best, and horns are what control directivity best. In addition, high SPL PA-type speakers generally have (coincidentally) a fairly small-room friendly LF response (ie -6db@40Hz) that effectively allows for boundary compensation... Certainly not soffit mount. THey're made for audiophools. Personally I think EV ZXA5 at reasonable volume and with a little EQ sound more natural than most "hifi" speakers - I'm so not a real audiophile).
  2. It sounds like you're heading for a Yamaha+Luxman setup :-) Show thread starts here - have to finish it, though you're more than welcome to add impressions/photos.
  3. The 2010 Tokyo International Audio Show ran from November 5 to 7 at the Kokusai Forum, 5 minutes from Tokyo station, and a bit less from Ginza 4-chome crossing :-) It's a beautiful building, one of the few bits of quality architecture to have emerged from the "lost decade" (which is actually 1990~immediate future) Like the forum itself, the show doesn't change very much from year-to-year; the same exhibitors presenting basically the same boxes in the same rooms, with the same music, at the same volume. Year-after-year-after-year. And yet, dutifully, I along with everyone else also turn up, year-after-year-after-year to listen to the same music played through the same boxes in the same rooms by the same people (only slightly greyer, which is all of us, really) at the same, excessive, volume. And why not, it's fun. I did a quite "in-depth" review last year, and little has changed this time around, so I'll just cover some of the more interesting bits this year (2009 can be found here) Ocean Way, apparently "the world's most awarded recording studio", must have done quite well since in their introduction last year: Basically, some slightly less huge huge kick-ass wesskowss horns with old-skool analog EQ. Didn't get to hear them this year. Did I even need to? I am somewhat familiar with the concept and sound... Anyway, yours for an even $50K which includes delivery (in Tokyo) and installation :-) Bargain! Next up those other Wizards of West Coast high volume horniness, Harma, sorry, JBL. Replacements for the 4338, welcome the 4365. Static display only, though... The $40K K2 S9900 were being demoed. Never mind. JBL have been going backwards at an alarming rate since the S9800s from the 1990s (JBL Pro excepted). King and Queen of wanky wire. Never forget that THIS is where your dealer makes his money (and at $10K/metre, the margins must be quite interesting). Right, enough for now. More tomorrow.
  4. It was great to meet up on Friday. Eventually I'll get around to posting some of the photos (in another thread). While my knowledge of audio is certainly not vast - and this is by no means false modesty on my part - I have been around the audio block a couple of times. That the show gave you pause for thought and a different perspective is good news. I guess it was probably worth making the journey in the end :-)
  5. They do look very interesting indeed, but possibly a little too realist and pragmatic for most "high-end audiophiles".
  6. Friday is the day I'm going... Let's meet up! It will be fun and painful in equal measure :-) Will PM email and keitei.
  7. Believe me, I've spent a not so small fortune on hifi over the years, but the system I've ended up with happens to be just about the least expensive and has lasted far longer than the rest. My take on the Yams is that while they're not the best in any single domain (distortion excepted, possibly - and then only fractionally), they're speakers that are easy and rewarding to live with. I have a lot of music, and in the end it's that rather than the hardware that I really want to listen to. Which is why, for me, hifi is not a "hobby" but rather a means to an end, at least that's where it has ended up. I like the boxes, but it's not an obsession (anymore). Anyway, the Tokyo International Audio Show starts on Friday, and I'll be there
  8. Genelec. Not actually "clearer" than the Yams, just a different frequency response. Very good, though, and available from most reasonable musical instrument dealers (like the Adams). And a lot less expensive than the SF. If on doubt, keep the purse strings shut. Tight!.
  9. Well, whatever. I'm interested in the 1000XW, not at any price, but some mutually agreeable price should be doable :-)
  10. First of all, get the Yams off the ground a little more - at least to where the tweet/mid are equal height with the SF! Second, try living with the SF for a few weeks and see how you feel about them then: I wouldn't be entirely surprised if you found that your records had begun to sound the strangely similar somehow... While I'd love the XWs for almost any money, I'll take the blacks from you if you don't want to keep them, for let's say, 40K...
  11. I would be very careful about equating cost with quality in audio. The secret truth is that in audio these are not really related (to the extent there ever is a relationship IME it is quite often inverse... though don't tell any audiophiles this, as it makes them apoplectic on the whole). What you're hearing with the imaging is typical of a small speaker with a narrow baffle. Certainly no need to spend $10K if that's the effect you're after. I'm suprised the Sonus need lots more power than the B&W. Watts are cheap, but there are physical limits to what a small speaker can do... OTOH, if they make you happy, it's all cool. Let me know if you want to offload the 1000XWs at some point :-)
  12. 20 ME1800Vs. 72 sets of RB3 + RH6 or RH1. Speaker weight 20 tons. Max Power Amplifier output 80 kW. All courtesy of Kinoshita-sensei http://reyaudio.com/