Spatial Audio X3

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  1. Hooncake

    Hooncake Mid-Fi Purgatory Redemption

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    Flowery description here:
    http://www.spatialaudio.us/pagex3
    - AMT driver, 12", 15" woofers
    - 85 lb each

    - Believe it's BEYMA TPL-150H with the back-plate popped off to make it dipole.
    - Woofers probably some modification of Eminence.
    - 15" driven by Hypex FA251 and has separate volume control (I just match sound level by ear). Controls 90 hz and lower.
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    Sound
    - I've had PAP Voxativ 1.6 for a couple years and wanted more bass oomph and having powered 15" woofer just delivers that.
    - Just as detailed as the PAP Voxativ but way more tactile bass. Wife mentions sound is also more fuller and not "hi-fi jazz duty only" like the PAP's I had.
    - Can crank up Hypex to play wife's bassy music.
    - maybe the highs don't extend as much as Raal tweeters
    - FR seems very smooth(?)

    Thoughts on components

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    - BiFrost, Yggdrasil, Saga OG, Goldpoint, Aegir single vs mono

    DACS:
    - Yggdrasil XLR >>> BiFrost XLR = Bifrost SE > Yggdrasil SE
    - BiFrost sounds a bit more liquid and very smoother compared to Yggdrasil. BF is also very fun to listen to and if I am single ended headphones setup, I would go for BF. Also soundstage is a bit different that
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    Aegir:
    - Aegir mono sounded way more relaxed, dynamic and natural. Prefer XLR in all aspects. I did not detect the "sweetness" of single Aegir and think it's more of Yggdrasil single vs xlr difference.

    Saga vs Goldpoint:
    Goldpoint seems a bit more plankton.

    Overall, recommend the speakers and it just seems like an open window to music. Clean and fun. Doesn't do anything wrong I think.
    Probably consider biamping if you have OB speakers.
     

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  2. nishan99

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    Thanks for sharing your experience <3.

    I have a question about those, do they project the sound in front of their baffle like most horn loaded speakers? I prefer the soundstage to be behind the speakers yet having super macro dynamics (I don't know if it's possible :S).
     
  3. Hooncake

    Hooncake Mid-Fi Purgatory Redemption

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    They go behind. Super 3D nice with my firstwatt sit3, also lotta dynamics.
     
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    yotacowboy McRibs Kind of Guy

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    If only I had a room that would play well with dipoles - the M3 Sapphires definitely tickled my pickle at CAF.
     
  5. Hooncake

    Hooncake Mid-Fi Purgatory Redemption

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    Some updated thoughts after living with it for a few months.

    I can't really find any negatives with the speakers. I really like listening to them. I guess it rolls off at 35hz like it doesn't hit the lowest registers of something like this https://tipper.bandcamp.com/track/gulch but it's fine since I listen to kpop and jazz mostly.

    I never believed in cold Yggdrasil but recently I rearranged some cables and got a new preamp which made me disconnect Yggdrasil for a day or two. After hooking everything back up, everything sounded kind of harsh like someone threw icicles to the music and I was thinking it must be this silver autoformer but after Yggdrasil warmed up for a few days it sounded all fine.. I guess that's good cause the speakers showed me something I didn't believe.

    I usually sell gear within a week-month if I don't like it so if it lasts several months in hooncake household it passed the first test
     
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