Discussion in 'Members' Systems' started by matel, Oct 16, 2007.
Always fun seeing your setups!
Those towers look great with and without grilles. Being hybrid ob / boxed, do they sound vastly different than your NHT / Genesis etc?
Thank you for the kind words!
The X-Statik's do sound somewhat vastly different. These speakers produce a larger, more life sized image of instruments and vocals than any of my other speakers, including the Martin Logan's! There's zero coloration also, I mean none at all. Even the ML's had some coloration that they added. There's a certain immediacy, dynamic "snappiness" that these speakers do that no other I have can. It just makes them sound more "you are there". They allow you to hear through all of the layers of the music... All of the micro dynamics, all of the macro dynamics, all of the minute details in the background and foreground. They're like a microscope for sound. These are the only speakers that I have ever had that accurately reproduce the sound and size of a live piano as well with the right amount of body and bite. You can also clearly make out different pianos and how they are positioned in the recording.
Believe it or not, the Genesis II's come closest to sounding like these X-Statik's. The II's do just about the same in all respects, but they fall behind just a little when it comes to the dynamic swings (micro & macro), the color free naturalness, and the size and position thing with the pianos. The Genesis II's come awfully close to the X-Statik's, but there are differences, and the X-Statik's nudge ahead of them.
On the top end, both the X-Statik's and II's are near equals. The 1" soft fabric dome tweeter of the X-Statik and the 1" phenolic/linen inverted dome tweeter of the Genesis II are both excellent. Very sweet, smooth, detailed, airy and extended.
Surprisingly, the NHT's and definitely the Martin Logan's don't stand a chance. Neither are nowhere near as detailed, especially when it comes to those micro/macro dynamics, neither are are lively or snappy, and oddly enough, the ML's are just too colored sounding.
And keep this in mind when I'm talking about what speakers do better...
When new prices...
Genesis II - $400
X-Statik - $1100
NHT 2.9 - $2500
Martin Logan SL3 - $3500
As you can see, higher prices don't always tell the whole story. Then again, the bone stock X-Statik's were known to compete with speakers costing upwards of $5000 in reviews, which says a lot. Danny Richie hit the ball out of the park when he designed and voiced these speakers! And considering mine have all of the upgrade options that Danny suggests, even more so!
The X-Statiks are very attractive at the kit price even including the upgraded caps and resistors, hmmm.
You would NOT be dissatisfied.
Did you build the cabinets yourself or did you get a speaker pair built by AV123?
Cubetube, very nice setup you have there. Enjoy!
Check out this video of my system!
the basement cave
I spy a Carver M-500t amplifier over on the far right.
Yep I think we talked about it and Polks a while back. I'm using the Carver to power ADS 1290s, with a Luxman R1070 as the Preamp. I have a Yamaha MX 1000 pushing the SDA's.
Several large speakers in that Cave 7Whales!
This is my room after the move...Love the system...Not crazy about the room...8' ceiling on the left, sloping up to 12 or 14' on the right...
You are a super lucky to have that much room for recording space! I’ve had to settle for a Roland electric kit but it’s still nice to have a thing to hit with sticks when I need to.
Just picked up a nice pair of Realistic MC-1000's this afternoon...sorry, could not help myself ...only fair for Jeff Beck's Truth, but once I got them up they sound pretty good with The Byrds.
Spoiled by my 901's, even though they are not placed correctly at this moment.
My little living room system is getting a lot of use! This was taken this morning after a late night of listening.
Ha, yeah, exact ceiling situation I have. My listening room is only about 10' x 11'. I've got a big cubicle section wall-mounted behind the seating and a rolled up memory foam comforter to lean back against to make the guest bed in there more of a couch in the meantime. Between all that damping and a wall of vinyl the sound stays pretty neutral. I can turn up the Klipsch to good levels, but there's definitely a point where the bass loses clarity. Your space looks much more wide open. How big is the room?
i just picked these Altec 19's now i need a bigger space!
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