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Posted on June 29, 2012 at 10:54:15
middleground
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What speakers would best reproduce the sound of a banjo?

 

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Seems an odd question..., posted on June 29, 2012 at 12:05:47
Are solo banjo recordings the only music in your collection?

 

Electrostatic, Infinity witth EMIMs..., posted on June 29, 2012 at 12:15:55
My first pick would be a good electrostatic. It's speed and clarity would do well.
Then old Infinity speakers the IRS or RS1, RSIIa with EMIM midrange panels.

 

Probably not... but Sudz is not around anymore, is he? N/T, posted on June 29, 2012 at 12:18:09
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N/T

 

RE: Speakers, posted on June 29, 2012 at 13:54:50
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Just the banjo? Or groups with banjo in it like old-time country fiddle, or bluegrass...

If it's "just banjo" I would use full range speakers with no crossovers, or electrostats like the other poster said.

But any decent quality speaker should produce banjo wonderfully. It's not as fussy of an instrument like orchestral strings and the flute can be. Those, I believe, are quite easy to mess up.

I find banjo to always "show up" really well on most recordings and be "well represented" sonically. Nature of the beast I guess. Fiddle, on the other hand, can get easily shredded by a lesser speaker. Sometimes, the shredding is in the recording and nothing will make it right.

So give it up - what kind of music are we talking about here??

Cheers,
Presto

 

B&W 800 Diamond Series..., posted on June 29, 2012 at 13:57:02
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I have recently fallen in love with B&W speakers. They are accurate yet very detailed and extremely musical. I just bought a pair of the little PM1 speakers, but I think I will move up to the 804 Diamonds. The PM1's are heavenly, but I need just a bit more volume at times. I was considering the 805 Diamonds, but I think the 804 Diamonds would be just about perfect for my room.

Good luck,
John Elison



 

What, are you watching deliverance, non stop??!!, posted on June 29, 2012 at 15:33:42
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but if so, a pair of Soundlab Majestics will do a fine job of making you feel really eerie...dang dang dang dang dang dang dang dang...if push comes to shove a pair of M1s :)


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ones with no inputs. (nt), posted on June 29, 2012 at 16:04:29
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Quad 57s, Lowthers done right, NOLAs with their great ribbon. NT, posted on June 29, 2012 at 16:54:42
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Beatnik's stuff http://web.me.com/jnr1/Site/Beatniks_Pictures.html

 

Magnepans are very, very good at it, as they are with other stringed instruments *, posted on June 29, 2012 at 21:13:04
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RE: Speakers, posted on June 29, 2012 at 21:25:03
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I have a lot of folk music and some great recordings out of Mapleshade Music. I have Paradigm Monitor 11's, Monitor Audio RS6's, and Harbeth Compact 7's, and the Harbeths are head and shoulders above the others in reproducing acoustic stringed instruments. With Banjos, microdynamics are very important. Quick response to transients are a strong suit with the Harbeths.

 

I think middleground has cast out..., posted on June 29, 2012 at 23:32:15
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using an audiophile lure.

Banjo, sure there is some interesting banjo music... but speakers that must reproduce the banjo particularly well?..

Nice catch.

Edit in the interest of clarity: middleground is being facetious (especially toward those who might think audiophilia is a serious issue).
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few." Shunryo Suzuki

 

Not sure about a banjo...., posted on June 30, 2012 at 06:08:32
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but to accurately reproduce a cowbell nothing short of Wilson Alexandrias.

BTW, I dont think the OP was being serious. In fact, he's probably being amused by the responses. :^)

 

Bingo, er, posted on June 30, 2012 at 07:13:10
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banjo!

As a fan of acoustical guitar, I most certainly agree. For me, the coherency and transient response of 'stats best replicates the live experience. While Youtube sound quality cannot convey the experience, here are two examples of very different artists I've seen live:

The late great Michael Hedges:



Christopher Parkening playing Albeniz:



 

Tone Poems II, posted on June 30, 2012 at 07:40:24
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If you dig this kind of music you owe it to yourself to check out Tone Poems II. A fine collection of standards that were played on stringed instruments created during the time periods that the music was created. I suggest that you run to get this disc. An excellent recording of great music, played by masters.

 

RE: Speakers, posted on June 30, 2012 at 07:49:40
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Here you go:

 

Good ones..., posted on June 30, 2012 at 08:21:25
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nt

 

What kind of banjo ? ..., posted on June 30, 2012 at 10:01:53
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Resonator 5-string, non-resonator, plectrum, tenor .... ?

We need specifics in order to give proper recommendations.

;-)

Dean.


reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.


 

RE: Tone Poems II, posted on June 30, 2012 at 15:03:25
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Sounds great! I will put it in my next order.

 

If you have trouble finding Tone Poems II,, posted on June 30, 2012 at 15:12:20
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Tone Poems I is with Grissman and Tony Rice and a similar theme of playing classic instruments. Outstanding performances and sonics that impressed all my guitar playing friends.

Caution though, no banjo included. ;^)

"You can’t know what the “best” is unless you have heard everything, and keep in mind that given individual tastes, there really isn’t any such thing." HP

 

Ones that also to a good job with accordion and bagpipes. nt, posted on June 30, 2012 at 16:39:41
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And yet despite the look on my face, you're still talking.

 

RE: What kind of banjo ? ..., posted on June 30, 2012 at 19:02:49
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That kind of banjo!

 

Oh ..., posted on June 30, 2012 at 19:19:00
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Recommendation in link ...


reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.


 

Sounded pretty good on my iMac speakers, posted on June 30, 2012 at 22:02:16
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OK, that song was hilarious, middle. In fact, it was almost, though not quite, as funny as your OP! :-)
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"If you are the owner of a new stereophonic system, this record will play with even more brilliant true-to-life fidelity. In short, you can purchase this record with no fear of its becoming obsolete in the future."

 

Yes . . ., posted on June 30, 2012 at 22:06:40
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I would have hoped that would be more obvious, but then I'm cynical by nature! :-)
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"If you are the owner of a new stereophonic system, this record will play with even more brilliant true-to-life fidelity. In short, you can purchase this record with no fear of its becoming obsolete in the future."

 

Me too, on both counts. nt., posted on July 1, 2012 at 01:51:30
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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few." Shunryo Suzuki

 

KLH Nines, posted on July 1, 2012 at 06:52:33
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It has been a long time, but I would think KLH Nines would do very well.

 

Paradigm Atoms, posted on July 1, 2012 at 12:30:05
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Given the frequency range of the banjo, anything more would be overkill.

 

RE: Oh ..., posted on July 1, 2012 at 16:38:28
middleground
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Maybe I need something more vintage for the type of music in the attached link?

 

RE: What kind of banjo ? ..., posted on July 1, 2012 at 16:45:16
middleground
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Like this!

 

RE: Speakers, posted on July 1, 2012 at 17:39:41
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Wow ! A genuine Deliverance inbred Jed model 202 !! You don't see those around to often.
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RE: KLH Nines, posted on July 9, 2012 at 07:10:43
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I still remember Banjo heard on KLH 6 long time ago. I havent heard the Nines.

Cheers
Bill

 

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