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In Reply to: RE: Help Needed Selecting The Right Hi-Efficiency Subwoofer posted by thetubeguy1954 on May 02, 2017 at 12:34:42
The pic of your Beauhorn Virtuosos here would't open on my Mac. A web search turned up Thorsten Loesch's Enjoy the Music review of them from way back in 2000 which shows them with a tweeter. Are you running a tweet, and which one? Perhaps you can comment on the on-going criticism of the Loather drivers having an issue in the upper end, or perhaps not if this is addressed in some way.
As to addressing the bottom end, I've heard Tom Danly's Lab Horn and Tapped Horn subs both demo'd on the same system: an all horn HT rig with a total of 800 Watts. I had previously considered building a horn loaded sub, maybe a clone of the Edgarhorn Titan sub, or even a horn which used the spaces between the joists of the floor in my basement listening room for some of the horn length which would exhaust into a corner of the room forming the mouth. As I live in a 120 year old wood frame house I decided against building a horn sub. Think about it! Things which may sound impressive in a movie theater will sound utterly real in an old house with a horn sub! I've heard these things literally shake the house they are in! So proceed very carefully! Do you live in a brick house? Consider your WAF situation too. I haven't heard Bill Fitzmaurice's or Ed Schilling's horn subs.
Hope your eBay nightmare worked out eventually. How's Paul Butterfield doing? Tell him we miss his fantastic yarns and expertise here. Still listening to his Grinning In Your Face demo CD from the Midwest Audiofest '02.
I disagreed a lot with both Thorsten Loesch's and another review I read about the Beauhorn Virtuoso speakers online. I suppose if those two reviewers didn't spend, the literally hours I spent, changing preamp tubes, ICs, digital wire and speaker wires. Then I too would have agreed with much of what they said. I will agree on the occasion recording I could go for a tad more top end, but 95% of the time the top end is fine "as-is"!
The nightmare you're speaking about is the 1 problem I've had selling audio components in over 15 years I've been doing so. Anyone who'd like to see that for themselves can go over to Audio Trader, check for my Mad Scientist Audio digital wire and then look for my feedback on Audiogon, eBay and here to see what it is for themselves!
As far as Paul Butterfield goes I haven't seen or heard from him in almost a year now. But that Grinning In Your Face demo CD he made is special and one I use often. Oh yes I live in a manufactured home...
I'm listening to: Vida by Cast
Thetubeguy1954 (Tom Scata)
Central Florida Audio Society -- SETriodes Group -- Space Coast Audio Society
Full-range/Wide-range Drivers --- Front & Back-Loaded Horns --- High Sensitivity Speakers
Okay you've been warned about those earthquakes in a box! But of course you don't have to play them at house shaking levels. If space is at a premium you might consider the taped horn. One of the CHC guys had his laying on it's side on the floor and exhausting into a corner, so it looked like a window bench. It integrated sonically very well with his Oris horns, and he lived in an apartment too.
Good luck, and keep us posted on what you decide on.
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