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post #881 of 1075 Old 11-18-13, 03:38 PM
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What happened to the ESLs?
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What happened to the ESLs?
See this post by Sonnie:

http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...tml#post651271

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Something Went Wrong, possibly in shipping.

To be reviewed later, separately.

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Another thing to keep an eye on if planning to have speakers close to the wall is the location of the bass reflex port. A rear port will sound REALLY boomy close to the wall. A front port gives a lot more flexibility (remember that any speaker will have increased bass by being close to the wall, it just gets a lot worse if there is a rear port).

Rear port designs seem to be most common. The Studio 60's have dual ports, so it is medium sensitive to wall placement.
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Well it looks like the Paradigms were the favorite from what I gathered. That's the company I was pulling for simply because I own a pair of them....not the ones tested though, I just have the Monitor 7's. They are so clear and crisp to my ears. Anyway, thanks again for the great detailed review and I'll be sure to check in on the next speaker evaluation you guys do!
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Regarding SVS imaging and soundstage, keep in mind it was the only d'appolito arrangement of all the speakers being tested. In my experience, it's difficult for such an alignment to achieve as good of imaging - all else equal - as a high frequency driver with no drivers above it. The driver above it can cause comb filtering, narrowing the dispersion pattern of the high frequency driver.
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This a a great idea, I wish that there was one done before I bought my speakers AV 123. My setup is okay except the subs they have been a problem since new replaced amps once, no longer in business so I am stuck with these. Shootouts for setups front center and rears as well as subs would be much appreciated.

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Regarding SVS imaging and soundstage, keep in mind it was the only d'appolito arrangement of all the speakers being tested. In my experience, it's difficult for such an alignment to achieve as good of imaging - all else equal - as a high frequency driver with no drivers above it. The driver above it can cause comb filtering, narrowing the dispersion pattern of the high frequency driver.
Actually, I believe that it is not a d'appolito array. The crossovers are different for the two 6.5 inch drivers. The upper crosses to the tweeter at 2 kHz and the lower woofer comes in at 700 Hz.
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I commend you guys on what must have been a herculian task. Great to see each speaker optimized for its listining position.
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Well it looks like the Paradigms were the favorite from what I gathered. That's the company I was pulling for simply because I own a pair of them....not the ones tested though, I just have the Monitor 7's. They are so clear and crisp to my ears. Anyway, thanks again for the great detailed review and I'll be sure to check in on the next speaker evaluation you guys do!
Actually, my preference was for the Dynaudio. The Paradigm would be my second choice, though close.

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