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In Reply to: RE: Can't speak for the Volti Rival.... posted by Ivan303 on June 24, 2017 at 11:04:06
There was a hot-buzz at the NY audio show, last year, over the the Volti Rival.
At this point in time, if anyone doesn't like a horn, they have not heard them. Coloration (or 'shouting') is long-time gone.
What gets me is people who express a disdain for horns prefer cones and panel speakers. Are those honestly closer to live music ?
even if they hear them.
Horns are hard to x-over, they can also be hard to integrate with a sub, and yes, folks who are into 'imaging' can have their complaints.
Hope to hear the Volti 'Rival' at one of the upcoming shows.
Most recent OWNED? My ex had Klipsch KG 5.5s. I used some rope caulk around the backside of the horns proper, and I put a Conrad Johnson PV5 upfront - still couldn't get it to where I wanted, and she was SHOCKED how much better things were for her "death metal" when I put together a system using B&W Nautilus 805s and a Von Schweikert "Tower of Power" subwoofer. SMALL loss in immediate dynamics, HUGE increase in smooth, detailed sound.
Other than that? My most "expensive" experience with horns was with the Classic Audio Reproductions CAR-T1 - still "honked" and "squeaked" to my ears, and that was with some crazy expensive SET amplification.
WISH I could find horns that do what they do right, and NOT do what I find what I hear wrong with them.
No, have ZIPPO experience with various Altecs, or many other things. HAVE heard pretty much EVERY Klipsch model throughout the years, and I COULD likely live with some of the heavily modified Forte, Chorus, or Cornwall systems. No damn way could I live with a Belle or LaScala. SURE wish I could hear an absolutely perfectly set up K-horn.
I'm getting too old.
Finally got a pair of B&W 802 Matrix S3 I'm quite happy with. Might much with them a bit. Certainly will change the amp chain at some point. Otherwise? They'll do. :)
ahh..the last 2 complaints. Klipsch and JBL have successfully crossed-over their 3-way horns for decades. If someone is struggling as a DIY'er, go to an after-market guy like Crite or ALK.
Then, we have a 2-way choice -like JBL's (more than one model).
Bass is easy. You need the right folded-horn ! And then rolled off at 60hz.
and know a few folks long-involved in their development and construction for both fun a profit.
Some prefer straight horns. :-)
Those above I haven't heard, so I can't speak to how well integrated they sound, but know some of the folks involved in the installation of these in Cypress. Two 100 Kilo Ale compression drivers per side, per what I am told.
But you're the expert on horns here, so have at it!
With such a long line , I guess acoustic phase and timing stands still .. :)
What's 360 deg. between friends? :-)
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