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RE: We must hear things differently :)

Well, we are off topic. I once did agree. But, I have found electrostat hybrids to have improved over the years. And, they definitely overcome many weakness of full range dipoles, such as dynamics, efficiency and dipole bass cancellation. I previously owned Martin CLS full range 'stat dipoles and even with subwoofers below 100Hz, they always had an artificial thinness in the mid/upper bass that was incurable.

Maybe I have grown accustomed to it, but I do not hear the discontinuity to which you refer, even in comparison to other purely dynamic speakers. Yes, the CLSs were wonderfully coherent in their range. But, I sensed no loss of that when I upgraded to my current aged ML Prodigys some time ago.

Perhaps also the time correction effect of the Dirac room EQ I use now plays a role. Also, it has been my experience that many criticisms of woofers and subwoofers, like "slowness", etc., really have to do with room modal effects introducing uneven frequency response, boominess and overhang.

I do not think we can directly hear dispersion patterns, but we hear only the diffuse effects of dispersion quite indirectly via the complex room reflections they induce.


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