Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Cspirou, Nov 6, 2015.
It's a one off prototype from Bottlehead.
Love the veneer on those Fritz! Have wanted to hear the Carbons for a while now.
I've been very happy with them. I am sure there are better speakers, but likely cost quite a bit more. Fritz really knows what he is doing with his cross overs! It really depends on what you're looking for. With tinnitus, I've yet to find a set of speakers (I've had 4 different sets so far), that didn't set it off. The Carbon 7s have been the best (for me) so far. Similarly, I've yet to find a solid state amplifier (speaker or headphone) that didn't set it off. I've had the 2A3 monoblocs for 2 weeks now and listened to Beethoven's String quartets for a little over 5 hours this weekend w/o tinnitus setting in. I couldn't be happier.
Congrats, that's awesome to hear. Pretty tough to have a passion for great audio with tinnitus - the constant drive for flat response curves (oxymoron?) doesn't align well with everyone's hearing, that's for sure. Perhaps the odd-order harmonics of solid state equipment plays a role there as well. My wife has tinnitus and she simply can't listen to my system except at the lowest volumes.
Probably the last pic of this system for a while. It's getting close to what I wanted:
I added some Fostex FE108EZ's in a sealed enclosure next to the Edgarhorns. They don't both play at the same time, but with a quick uplug and re-plug (and crossover/room correction change in the MiniDSP DDRC24) I can configure the system as 2-way coaxial, 2-way with the FE108EZ's, or 3-way with the Edgarhorns.
I generally like the FE108EZ's the most out of all the configurations because of the better resolution and imaging. Naturally, the horns do better in conveying dynamics, so they're better suited to some kinds of music.
The last thing I really want to try with this system is a single-ended tube amp for the midrange speakers. Working on a Decware SE84C DIY amp to dip a toe into the SE world.
It's probably not gonna win any 'streamlined tech awards''.
low WAF as well...
Wait, “accepting of crazy-ass hobbies” wasn’t on yall’s wife criteria checklist?
I most definitely neglected to negotiate that before signing on the dotted line.
Thought you'd totally gone off the rails at first, but having it as a "convertible" system kinda makes sense. All you need is to wire it up so you don't have to unplug/replug to switch back and forth.
Versatility would be the best word to describe what you did. Which sounds the best to oyur ears?
Given my music taste (leans towards indy rock, classic country, that kind of thing), I'm liking the FE018EZs the most. They do everything I care about except volume and dynamics better than the Edgarhorns.
That said, I had a few hours alone in the house today and cranked up Rage Against the Machine's first album on the horns. Absolutely thrilling, and far beyond what the FE108EZ could possibly do I'm pretty sure. I pulled out the UMIK-1 and measured ~110dBa. The horns weren't breathing hard in the slightest. I limited that shit to 10 minutes, and even that was too much exposure to that SPL. Fun, though!
Yeah, I'm considering a speaker-level switch box to do that
Horns at work, yep. As effortless as it gets, though it must be quality horn otherwise it gets usually shouty.
I'd never heard a "high end" horn sound as good as the Avantgarde Acoustics Trio I heard at Axpona... it was easily the most effortless system I've ever heard, yet fed by only a 30W integrated.
I think they had it hooked up to a 1.21 Gigawatt integrated when I heard it. It was practically weaponized. After reading your description, I wish I could have heard it when someone not bent on world domination was controlling the volume. I have never heard horns before so am a little bummed that I am scarred now.
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