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In Reply to: RE: CBT24 Speakers posted by svisner on July 13, 2017 at 14:01:45
I totally have to hear this...
I made this purchase without having heard the speakers - which is a risk (and probably not well advised). My discussions with Don Keele, however, persuaded me that the risk was worth the potential benefit, and he was correct, at least in my case. The speakers have enormous dynamic range. They image almost as well as the Maggie's I had before, but they have a much broader sweet spot. On orchestral music, they sound (well). Smaller ensemble music (jazz, for example) is well delineated.
If you hear them, try to ensure the setup includes a miniDSP with configuration provided by Don Keele. I think Parts Express has available on their Website the data files needed to configure the miniDSP and speakers.
I am using the miniDSP as a kind of control unit. I takes Toslkink, USB,and analog inputs. The unit is controllable via a universal remote control (Sony code) and its various functions (volume, mute, input selector, equalization configuration selector) can be handled via the remote. So, I can listen to my PC, analog sources (using turntable), and CD player (via Toslink). Yes, the analog is converted by the miniDSP to the digital domain, but Don Keele assures me that the miniDSP is well regarded, and I think it sounds just fine with the one LP I've auditioned. I am still re-assembling my system after months of house renovation, so just getting the gear into the racks and connected (and yes, cables seem lost) has been quite an effort.
The link was to the assembled version. For $500 less, you get completed cabinets to finish your own way, and hours of fun wiring together and installing all those little drivers.
This looks to be a fascinating implementation of line array theory, and simpler (at half the price) than Don Keele's previous design for PE, the 2-way Audio Artistry CBT36K, which requires bi-amping with an active DSP crossover (not included).
I suspect these would work well crossed actively to stereo subs around 100 Hz, taking some of the bass burden off the little "fullrange" drivers.
I purchased the assembled speakers. Using a 15 sub with 80hz cross. Also using miniDSP with eq configuration provided by Don Keele. Great imaging, particularly for orchestral music. Sensitive enough for my McIntosh 240. So far, very pleased.
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