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No. Working on it now. I should know better, but had an editing error wherein I lost a day's worth of writing. Bummer.
Seeing all the work that went into the review and witnessing the extensive listening and note-taking involved, I'm impressed you didn't tell Sonnie the Catalyst 8C review could wait till next year!

Only those who have made related attempts at such extensive reviewing have any idea as to the work involved in such efforts. Hats off to the 4 of you. I'll try and make my presence more known where appropriate in the coming weeks & months.

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Seeing all the work that went into the review and witnessing the extensive listening and note-taking involved, I'm impressed you didn't tell Sonnie the Catalyst 8C review could wait till next year!

Only those who have made related attempts at such extensive reviewing have any idea as to the work involved in such efforts. Hats off to the 4 of you. I'll try and make my presence more known where appropriate in the coming weeks & months.
Well, Mark, I would love to have your presence somewhere in the state of Wisconsin after I take delivery of some amazing new speakers!
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Oooh, watcha gettin'?!
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Now, now, no letting the cat out of the bag too early! You will just have to check out my lobby build thread!
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Hmmm, I think I may have had my expectations set too high on these. Being bright in Sonnies room would mean that in someones untreated livingroom they may be a problem. The mushy bass mentioned may be something that can be dealt with if an external EQ is added even the brightness but if your going to hook them up directly to a receiver (most people will) not sure what would work.
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Ultimately I did not think they were bright... and they certainly were not bright at CAF (large room) nor RMAF (small room) in completely untreated rooms.

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Well, Mark, I would love to have your presence somewhere in the state of Wisconsin after I take delivery of some amazing new speakers!
Well now, there's a surprise (not) ; seems like every GTG I've been to where Mark has also been in attendance at least one person buys something from him. It's almost predictable at this point.

For those interested... Mark will be on a podcast this afternoon.

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Well now, there's a surprise (not) ; seems like every GTG I've been to where Mark has also been in attendance at least one person buys something from him. It's almost predictable at this point.

For those interested... Mark will be on a podcast this afternoon.
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I suppose it depends on what you are looking to help you choose a speaker... not sure why else you would look at speaker testing... other than maybe entertainment. Knowing that 90% of people preferred flat over voiced doesn't help me learn anything... other that 90% of people preferred flat over voiced. I want real world variables for what would be typical. It is not typical for a person to sit in front of one speaker. If it were an evaluation like we did... it might be useful for me. As it is and as it was done, it serves no purpose for me. I can't get any closer to determining what speaker I would buy based on that testing.

If the test is to determine preferred qualities, they missed quite a few that would be what I would prefer. The reason I do speaker comparisons is to determine what speakers sound the best to me. We share that info with our readers, but it won't tell them what is best for them, although it might tell them that certain qualities are easier to obtain with speaker x over speaker y. That is why it is more useful.
Very well stated Sonnie. While a speaker may tend to have a certain quantitative quality all be it flat or voiced the so called "best speaker" is determined by a infinite variable which is an individuals specific preference and personal hearing ability.

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Hmmm, I think I may have had my expectations set too high on these. Being bright in Sonnies room would mean that in someones untreated livingroom they may be a problem. The mushy bass mentioned may be something that can be dealt with if an external EQ is added even the brightness but if your going to hook them up directly to a receiver (most people will) not sure what would work.
I love the looks of the SVS towers and was considering them for a two channel system but given the above reviews Im not sure now.
I feel the same way as you do about the SVS towers. I am leaning towards going with Paradigm for my next speaker upgrade but the Paradigm 60s may be a little to expensive for me. The new Paradigm Ref. 20s look really nice and that is what I currently have even though they are about 13 years old. They still sound great after all these years.
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