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Present competition for original Merlin monitors

Posted on October 21, 2023 at 05:51:36

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Have been listening to a pair of Merlins for a couple of years. I find them outstanding. What today bookshelf speakers are comparable?


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My Joseph Audio 'Pulsar' stand mounts might sound 'better' in some ways...., posted on October 21, 2023 at 11:02:10

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and at 4X a pair of Merlin monitors on the used market, perhaps they should.

But defining 'better' is the hard part.

Engagement and listening enjoyment? Maybe not 'better' at all.

Merlin speakers had that 'magic' that made listening to music enjoyable and said 'magic' has nothing to do with frequency response or any other measurable quality.

You might have to look long and hard to find that 'magic' in a current production set of stand mount monitors.

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RE: My Joseph Audio 'Pulsar' stand mounts might sound 'better' in some ways...., posted on October 21, 2023 at 12:44:54

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+1 on your statements..


+2 but, posted on October 22, 2023 at 07:44:52
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way more expensive than a good, used pair of TSMs.

I've never heard Joseph speaker that sounded anything but excellent.

For years, Jim Smith of Get Better sound used Joseph floor standers for his RoomPlay Reference sessions; what I heard during my session with him. He eventually replaced them with Fyne Audio F703 floor standers which he is currently using.
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How about a set of Fritz Carbon 7s?, posted on October 23, 2023 at 12:48:34

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I run a pair of his Carbon 6s in my bedroom system and find them very satisfying. We had the Carbon 7s at the shop and liked them a lot. Also reasonably priced.


"said 'magic' has nothing to do with frequency response or any other measurable quality", posted on October 23, 2023 at 14:26:01
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Dunno if I could venture that far into woo-woo land. Any speaker is, after all, an electromechanical device which fulfills its measurable acoustical function via measurable physical means.

Mr. Palkovich was undoubtedly on top of all the measurable parameters, including FR on and off axis, distortions, cabinet and port resonances, acoustic phase, dispersion patterns, etc., all of which in derive from driver selection, crossover design, and cabinet design. He was also, obviously, a skilled listener. His genius lay in manipulating and balancing ALL the variables to achieve a sound which he, and many audiophiles, found especially pleasing. He may have done the final voicing of his speakers mostly by ear (as, arguably, any good speaker designer SHOULD), but he did the science first.


RE: Present competition for original Merlin monitors, posted on November 26, 2023 at 16:13:18

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