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I do (remember the bending of my mind)

No, my name is not John Murdock (obscure film reference). I did, however, come to a realization several days ago: I've been chasing a phantom. How many tweeter technologies can you name? I'm sure you couldn't name as many woofer technologies (I'm not including the various implementations in that list, but only truly unique driver types). Why?

It all crystalized when I sat down in front of the 3.6s and heard them sing. Someone in this forum bent my mind against the idea of the ribbons. I took the red pill and discovered a game changer. The QR is a great design, but no tweak on earth can make it behave like a ribbon.

I think the biggest shocker was a CD I took because, as much as I love the music, certain passages get painful (when played loudly) on every system I've heard - except, now, one. That's the grandest trick of all. Andy, among others, mentions the truth of ribbons often. Until now, I've been able to ignore him. I'm glad I'd never heard them - would have skewed my outlook.

Why the hell am I gushing like this? I feel like a school kid with a crush on a girl with whom I had my first date on the night before she went off to band camp for a couple months.

What does any of the foregoing have to do with razoring? Well, I HRed (all I can do) my MMGs the night before auditioning the 3.6s. I didn't listen to my speakers again until after that fateful audition. I was very happy with the sound of my modded/hybridized MMGs - especially after auditioning 1.7s (saw them as a project with great potential). My reaction to the 3.6s was different - better in every way right out of the gate.

Thirty years ago (give or take) I had a brief encounter with a pair of Apogee Scintillas. I was younger and didn't appreciate how rare their magic was, but just as I was really getting into it, the amp tossed in the white flag. It was a Nakamichi with a design Nelson Pass claims was essentially stolen from him, and it kneeled, begging for mercy in a minute and a half. I shrugged and left. Now, with a half century in my rearview mirror, I have my first encounter with Magnepan's ribbon. This time, the amp was actually Nelson's creation and it not only failed to choke, but it also failed to strain. I experienced the rapture of the ribbons and it changed my perception.

I can't wait until that second date and there will be a preacher present for this one. I wonder how long the honeymoon will last?


I think my point is that I'll never be able to comment on whether the HR treatment did any good - for MMG panels screwed into hardwood. I'm ruined.

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