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In Reply to: Re: OTL Vendors...Futterman posted by Duke on October 18, 2004 at 16:33:10:
We have gotta talk . . .
This period of sound is still pretty amazing. I (a Super-IT and) have a pair of NYAL Futterman OTL 3 with ESL57s and\or Rogers LS3\5as - sweet pair! Use mostly on - Special Occaisions.
But, M60s still sound better . . .
No doubt the the Atmas are nice. I spent alot of time with the s-30..The vintage Futterman with the 6FW5's at $3.00 a piece held its own against the s-30, in other words I would not trade to forsake the vintage Futt... a real piece of history.Now don't get me wrong I recognize the limitations of the Futterman BUT it still smokes out the detail beyond the capabilities of many highly regarded amps run through my system and I consider my front end to be capable. I have no experience with the big Atmaspheres MA-1 etc... but for the price$ they should be great. Besides I'm a bit of a vintage nut.
I more intrigued by the design of the Joule...although I doubt I'll ever see one in my neck of the woods.... The Tenors are nice and for me are almost locally manufactured....I'm near Toronto Canada.
To me, the NYAL OTL3 is more forward *rich-natural-detail*, with (my Rogers LS3\5a and Studio 3 models) as you aptly stated - limitations of the Futterman BUT it still smokes out the detail - I guess/think you mean the same.
LS 3\5a is more towards the 'omissive side' of nuetral in terms of sheer detail or character (with most appropriate partnering gear), in turn benefits from this inherent nature.
My (older) WATT IIs do not do well with any of my OTLs!
Have not used Quad ESL57s in a while - with much mention of them recently - I pulled mine out and am getting ready to vacume them down good, charge em'up and listen this weekend mostly with AS M60s (maybe tubes pulled to lower p to p), I may have to pull OTL3s out too and visit the past . . . will post more.
Silverline SR17s reign supreme with everything (Levinson 336) SS or OTL tubed . . . freaking fabulous sounds with this speaker.
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