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In Reply to: RE: HiFiNews Apogee Caliper May 1, 1987 posted by TitaniumTroy on June 27, 2020 at 18:15:04
Never heard any form of the "Duetta" that I liked.
I think the "Caliper" was along those lines.
Models I totally fell over for?
Scintilla. <-- go ahead & underline, or "bold" that one.
Diva. Sounded GREAT in a number of occasions, but biggest memory was in ABQ, NM, driven by Krell KRS top to bottom. WOW! Sounded great in Orlando, FL, too.
Never heard the "Full Range," or some of the much later stuff.
Owned? Had a pair of "Stages," and they REALLY delivered, in many respects, and sold them for more than what I'd paid for them.
If I had the room/space, the proper system, and the "perfect/new pair?" I'd have some Scintillas, today!
I owned a pair of Dutetta sigs for a couple years, Love the heck out of them and regret selling them but my MG20s forced me to.
I think they were designed to compete with Jim Winey's 3 series; and they became if I'm not mistaken their best selling speaker.
A pair of Diva's (and in pristine according to the owner) and a pair of Scintilla's popped up at the same time in L.A. (two different areas, about 3 hours from me) BOTH for the least amount of money I've ever seen.
I decided at $1800 I would shoot for the Diva's; even went as far as planning the route and looked at u-haul vans online but pulled out. Reason being I had too many speakers as it is and I would've been stuck in the same conundrum with the Duettas: owning two great speakers, so which one will I keep?
With the Duettas I owned they sounded just as good -if not better than my MG20s but that meant I would've had to sell the 20's, and the problem with that is if the Duetta's were to start buzzing/needing repair there's really no recourse for me (I've seen the rebuild video, no thanks) and the folks up in Reno although they do an outstanding job, for that kind of money I could buy a new pair of 20.7s. By contrast a complete 'rebuild' of a MG20 (at the time) was only $1400. So I bailed on the Divas.
Each time I see a Duetta post I'm tempted to email the gentleman I sold them to just to see how they were holding up.
Yeah, longevity is the basic problem with the Apogee's. Eventually, all of them will fail with foam rot, and then you're left in a terrible position to either invest a large chunk of change for a certified repair job or just junk them.
Unlike many other speaker systems, these were just not build to last.
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