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RE: Diffraction and front baffle and cabinet design

Well it depends on whether it can emotionally involve me or not - part of the AN speakers prowess may very well be owed to their digital - nothing else in the audio industry is the same and nothing else in the audio industry that I have heard is as as good at CD replay. Since this is still the largest current medium of music and since it is usually played through AN speakers it has a tremendous advantage right out of the gate.

I'm not terribly interested in large loudspeakers - the boxed designs don't sound cohesive and panels unfortunately always sound like panels (ie; they sound not quite right) which isn't to say I don't like some of them or even that I would no consider owning a set. But the ones I consider good are either too big or too expensive or both. And if a SET can't drive it - it is disqualified as being considered a high end product on that merit alone since you have to drive it with inferior sounding equipment right off the bat.

The AN E took me a couple of times to get them - kind of like A Clockwork Orange.

The ATC was driven by an all tube set-up which runs counter to what would normally be used - which helped my opinion of them. And then it depended on the tube type. This is always fascinating thing with tubes.

The trick with boxed speakers is when you hear real full bodied bass - realize that that is real full bodied bass and not distortion - the fact that non boxes don't have any real full bodied bass - may make it seem "clearer" but in reality - it's clearer cause it hacked out a massive amount of what was on the source disc and has no semblance of what a live drum kit or piano low notes sound like in real space. Baby out with the bathwater.

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