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General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

RE: Then... Wassup ....!!

Thank you for interesting reply. I do try to reply to those posters in need so point by point.

1) Exposure to SOTA equipment. To which SOTA equipment should I avail myself to audition that I have missed? I recently had a reply from Kal Rubinson of Stereophile who noted that reviewers listen and evaluate gear at shows, friend's homes, dealers, and not JUST in their own homes. We can't hear everything in our own homes after all. Even Morricab has not had a full AN system in his own home - Thus if it is reasonable or unreasonable for one it is reasonable or unreasonable for all.

I don't begrudge him not having heard an all AN system in his own house because I am not one to make excuses that you need to hear it in your own space to credibly critique it. The best you can do is to be as fair as possible to the gear by hearing it several times in several "different" environments with several different pieces of gear. Stereo equipment is supposed to be designed to operate in a variety of rooms not just the manufacturer's room or an an-echoic chamber.

Morricab claims to have done this. He has heard AN at shows more than once and at friends' houses and he doesn't like them. I am not trying to convince him to like them - no one can like everything.

2)"diatribe about an AN 2 way speaker superior to all and everything else is crap."

I go down this route a lot because I have had many posters on many forums go at me about this speaker and then I get posts where someone says wow thanks Richard you were right - just didn't hear it until the 5th time.

Morricab should know a poster here called the OldSchool who continually blasted me for recommending AN and telling me that he heard them at a show and they sucked - no treble - coloured blah blah blah. For years! Remind you of anyone (ahem Morricab).

Then the Old School brought his own records (which is critical) and played them at CAS. This is what Old School Said About AN when he didn't like the AN E at all at several shows:

"IMO, the Audio Notes are full, warm, but far too polite. Everything sounds the same via them, vinyl or digital: smooth, full, relaxed. They thus flunk the "sounds different with different sources" test. The Quads are not nearly as smooth as the ANs, but vastly clearer, and more detailed. What the Quads lack is low bass and impact or force. The Teresonics are a different animal altogether. When I went from the AN room to the Teresonic room (which were right next to each other at the CAS), I was shocked at how different these systems sounded. While the ANs were always polite, the Teresonics could come alive when the source was excellent. Voices, brass, bass, everything just seemed to "be in the room." IMO, the ANs are, ultimately, boring, and the Teresonics are thrilling."

The above criticism is the exact same thing that Morricab writes as critique on these AN speakers. It's SPOOKY how similar the wording is and the fact that like Odeon - Teresonic is a very high sensitive loudspeaker over 100dB sensitive. Umm and I heard the same thing at CAS 2012. I did not choose AN as best sound of show (which nullifies your theory) and in fact they didn't make my top ten. I chose YG Acoustics, MBL, Acoustic Zen, Focal, and Von Gaylord. So there goes your conspiracy theory that it's always AN and everything else is crap.

That said - when AN came together properly under Warren Jarret setting up the room (don't assume that a "buddy" has set them up properly).

The Old School posted this:

"I heard the Triangle Art, Music First, and Audio Note setup at a recent CAS, and the vast improvement of the Audio Note speakers was stunning, compared to all the other setups I have heard. Whereas previous Audio Note systems failed when they were playing my reference vinyl records, the Music First combination was as good as anything I have ever heard at a dealer or a show. Correction: it was far, far better than anything I have heard, aside from my own system. The sound was liquid, fast, coherent, rich and HUGE. Plus, no annoying "sweet spot" that most speakers have. Here the system loaded the whole room, and the sound was fabulous anywhere in the room. On my fantastic Chet Baker vinyl, the trumpet and Pepper Adams's sax were in the room! No compression whatsoever. 40 db plus dynamics (from 65 to over 105) . This was using the Audio Note 2a3 amp. Male and female voices were tonally correct with the unlimited dynamics."

So yes I am happy to engage about these speakers and I am patient - because Several people who utterly hated the AN E have come around to a polar opposite opinion. Incidentally way back on Audioreview I hated the speakers too!

My diatribes are not angry - they are heavily explanatory and wordy. (Pretty good for a three finger typist).

3)Listening space - What is the problem with my listening space? Large speakers are designed for large rooms - small speakers for small rooms. A small speaker in a large room often sounds horrible and vice-versa. I am merely limited the smaller speakers in a manufacturer's line-up. The Focal Diablo Utopia not the Grand Utopia.

Edits: 07/01/17

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