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post #671 of 1075 Old 11-11-13, 06:23 PM
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Aren't they made by the same company? Try out the Montis before reaching any conclusion .
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Kind of sorta... made at the same plant now... I think. Definitely all owned by the same company.

I am a bona fide electrostatic freak... the Prodidy's, now that I have them in their best location, are outperforming everything else. The Montis are supposedly much improved over these 12 year old speakers.

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In my home they perform superbly. A real step up from the Vantages that preceded them in my audio room. as you know they will need a bit of tuning .
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

I see that you guys were able to bottom out the DM3/7s with the Star Tracks track, I love that CD and with my single 6.7" driver played with the volume up really loud as well, almost to the halfway point, I cannot get my Focus 160s to bottom out. The 160s sensitivity is only 87dbs, not sure how much of a difference 1 dbs will make, but I was just running them thru this test after reading your write up, i didnt have any issues.

Just thought it might make a difference to how you guys view the performance of the 3/7s.

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I love it when you do these challenges. It is so fun to read your reviews on each one. I really appreciate you doing this for us. Very fun reading for me. I can't wait to see the results of the Paridigms and SVS's. Also I am still very courious as to how the ARX's compare to the more expensive speakers. How much more does $1500 really buy you??? We shall see.
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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

I don't think it really influenced our overall thoughts. I was probably the one making the most noise about it.. and even then I did not throw them out the door because it could have been a damaged speaker. It sounded like to me it was only the left speaker, hence my thinking it may have simply been a bad driver. We probably should have investigated closer, although we did repeat it a couple of times.

My disclaimer in my comments: These were a demo or review pair, so we cannot discount the possibility that they had been damaged. Nonetheless, on all the other music I listened to, including other songs with low bass, they did very well.

That was the ONLY song that it happened on, which seems unusual... and it was very near the end of our evaluation tracks. I suppose if we had kept cranking the volume up on enough songs we might have found another song to bottom out the speaker. I had no issues playing music as loud as I wanted to play it, but I won't say that I would never turn it up as loud as what caused it to bottom, because it was not deafening loud, just louder than average... or louder than my average listening level.

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I love it when you do these challenges. It is so fun to read your reviews on each one. I really appreciate you doing this for us. Very fun reading for me. I can't wait to see the results of the Paridigms and SVS's. Also I am still very courious as to how the ARX's compare to the more expensive speakers. How much more does $1500 really buy you??? We shall see.
Well... it is more like $1,250 with most of these. I can tell you... you will get a little more bass and maybe a slightly better finish, if you get really picky. The Arx A5's (and the now extinct MartinLogan Motion 12's) are a BARGAIN that you do NOT find everyday. They would fit very well among these speakers lacking only "slightly" in bass response. Another octave in bass response is worth something to some people, although I am not sure how much. The A5's still have very good perceived bass... and the midbass, midrange and top end is phenomenal for a $750 speaker... this is where you start realizing they are worth more.

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I hear you. I am what most people consider a loud listener, i love to rock out. I also love to play that star tracks song really loud and show off what my speakers are capable of in terms of dynamic slam. My wife hates when i play that cd.

however, as my wife always says, you cant un-say something... and you can un-hear it either... so it happened, and therefore it must be noted. hopefully its isolated to that speaker having that issue.

I look forward to more of your guys' reviews.

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We liked the Dyn's well enough to hopefully get the Excites in the next round... if possible.

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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

Thanks for Dynaudio DM 3/7 evaluation! Those are something I wish to have... very nice and affordable.
Especially Leonard Caillouet (lcaillo)'s part on bass extension was detailed and something I wanted to know more about. Again, thanks for great review!
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