Thursday I went down to BorderPatrol to pick up my new SE-1 DAC. More about his DAC in days to come Anyway everyone know of the close relationship between Volti and BP they have shared rooms at most of the audio shows. Well sitting tin Gary's living room were some new speakers I had not seen before. BorderPatrol is a Living Voice dealer and usually Gary has the Living Voice OBX-RW3's out. These are magnificent speakers. Any way Gary told me that Greg sent the Razz prototype up from Tennessee for a listen. And boy did we listen. I spent the whole day there listening. If I had know the Volti would be coming out with these speakers I would have bought them.
Very much so. I still have and always have the Quad ESL's I miss the Maggies but I only have one sound room. No TV or system in the living room. That room is for talking. I am not in love with the Spatial's. They are good but not my cup of borsch. The design uses a single 1.3inch hard dome tweeter to cover 525 Hz on up. I since some upper-frequency distortion. I mean they are good and everyone who has heard them feel that way. I have worked them a bit and got them going in the direction that is more to my liking. The Razz' are on another plain. They are very direct and they present the music in a very upfront way but it is so clean and free of baggage that I probably live with them. This is what I thought I heard in Florida with the Spatial's but it is not what I am getting here in my room.
That's very interesting. I heard the Spatials at CAF with LTA amplification and thought they sounded great. When I listened later, with the same equipment but in a different room, I didn't like them much at all. It sounded to me like they rolled off very quickly from about 100Hz on down - something that was not apparent in the CAF room. Certainly likely a room effect but, as a long time Magnepan owner, the rolloff seemed extreme even for a dipole. The Volti's look interesting but I have never seemed to be able to warm to speakers with horn drivers. I really would like to - I love the idea of high efficiency and the dynamic range many horn systems bring to the table. I bought a new pair of Klipsch Heresy's a year or so ago and enjoyed them for a while. But something about them just made me want to turn off the music after a relatively short time - which never happens with my Magnepans, Totems or KEFs. I put my Maggie 1.7i's back in the system and the Heresy's were returned. Could be what I'm used to, the kind of music I play (although I play classical, jazz, and rock about equally), or maybe it's just the Klipsch sound signature (they're the horns I've listened to the most). Even at shows, though, I find that the sound of horn speakers only appeals to me in large rooms where I can sit relatively far away. I don't think it's purely a loudness phenomenon I think it's more of the "in your face" presentation. Different strokes I guess.
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