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In Reply to: RE: Horns and high efficiency . what effect ? posted by J. Phelan on April 03, 2017 at 10:02:10
Interestingly ATC were the WORST sounding speakers I've ever owned. They were the Active 50s and I bought them to replace KEF Reference 107s. The ATCs were so much "in yer face" you wanted to push them back another 20 feet. I sold them within a few months - the guy who bought them was delighted with them in his rather smaller listening room.
I've found that equipment designed for studio use is often positively unsuitable in the home. The ATCs as I described and the Benchmark AHB2 amplifier which is lifeless, though possibly very accurate. You wanted to turn the volume down and maybe skip to the next track in the hopes of a more exciting listen. I sold that after a few weeks despite it's dead silence - an advantage with horns. It was drearily DULL.
I got the Gamut to replace the Benchmark and even though it's rated as 200 watts, it has gain reduction dip switches and the -14dB setting really gets the horns going. In particular it offers exceptionally detailed bass with the Avantgardes, not heard with any of the SETs or Class A amps I've tried. It's undoubtedly the best amp I've had with the horns.
One of the very few 'high end' amps I have ever liked. Amazingly musical and engaging.
"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."
This flies in the face of reviews, in the past 5 years. "Best speaker they ever heard". There are a number of reviews, BTW..
Even for classical music, people have gone cone or waveguide/horn. Emerald and Harbeth have done best (with former panel owners) but there are more inc. Verity.
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