Home Speaker Asylum

General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

You need a new sofa

Here is my new system - and probably my last. These are headphones in **every** imaginable way, except they are decidedly not confined to the few inches between your ears. The precision, the seeming ease with which they retain their composure, the deep insight into every little passage, the intensely stable spatial separation, all those great headphone things. You really can't believe it when you sit between them - nobody can. When my Quads were still in the room and 10' away, when I played a mono song you would swear the sound was coming from the Quads (spatially I mean) - it was uncanny, and eerie. There was no hint any sound was coming from those bronze balls a mere 18" from your head.

My Quads are all gone now. I've owned old and new (courtesy kentaja) 57's and new 63's (also courtesy kentaja) for 25 years now. Never again - nearfield listening has changed my life, because imaging is my highest priority and when you hear these puppies nearfield with a rich sounding amp, the rest is good enough. The soundspace is absolutely not limited to the space between the gallo's, far from it. I suppose this is more about nearfield listening than it is about gallo vs Quad - but hearing the gallo's in the way I do now, I find it doubtful anything but a one way crossoverless "full range" (by that I mean I don't run a crossover before them) point source round steel enclosure could top it. They are astounding - and these aren't even the ti's (which I've have in my closet for weeks - can't bring myself to change speakers)

Try it - take the room out of the equation, take the massive stereo out of the equation (mine is hidden under my end table), and get headphone sound in a nice big intensely visible space, for a few hundred bucks. You want imaging? In spades, I live for it.

New username - "bronze-balls"!

See my systems here...

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