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    Full Review of the new B&W 800D

    A much anticipated review of the B&W 800D is up and running at last here:

    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superi...wilkins800d.htm


    In Summary

    "The 800D is a startling revision of an already excellent high-end full bandwidth design of striking appearance and superb build. Compared to its predecessor it offers greater musical contrasts and transparency, a less intrusive treble and an overall balance that is finally very close to neutral. The price has gone up of course thanks to the inclusion of the diamond dome tweeter, but B&W has done its homework here in collaboration with their subcontractor (Element Six, part of the de Beers group) as the premium being asked for the tweeter is much less than only any comparable speaker using sapphire or diamond domes".

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    You know I have this feeling I'm not convinced. I never get why the new review says we fixed all the problems of the old model -- but no one told us all the problems of the old model when the old model was a new model. I'll have to give them more of a serious listen next time...B&W's only real problems have been a lack of bass resolution (one note bass) and a treble driver doesn;t uite stay in step with the break-up in the top of the midrange driver's pass-band (well that's the techno-babble of others who seem to have the answer for what I hear) a compartmentalized sound of 3 drivers doing their own thing and not recreating a real instrument or voice in space.

    I hope it's MILES better than the N802 which is already in tough against several $2kCad speakers in the listenability departments for me. It needs cohesion, bass, and a smoother treble...we shall see - diamond sounds gimmicky to me - kevlar was IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    I hope it's MILES better than the N802 which is already in tough against several $2kCad speakers in the listenability departments for me. It needs cohesion, bass, and a smoother treble...we shall see - diamond sounds gimmicky to me - kevlar was IMO.
    What do you know about diamond or even Kevlar... , I am okay with your criticism of the sound just not too sure why you singled out certain materials for criticism, I thought it was about the whole package.
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    I'm with you 100% on this one.

    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    You know I have this feeling I'm not convinced. I never get why the new review says we fixed all the problems of the old model -- but no one told us all the problems of the old model when the old model was a new model. I'll have to give them more of a serious listen next time...B&W's only real problems have been a lack of bass resolution (one note bass) and a treble driver doesn;t uite stay in step with the break-up in the top of the midrange driver's pass-band (well that's the techno-babble of others who seem to have the answer for what I hear) a compartmentalized sound of 3 drivers doing their own thing and not recreating a real instrument or voice in space.

    I hope it's MILES better than the N802 which is already in tough against several $2kCad speakers in the listenability departments for me. It needs cohesion, bass, and a smoother treble...we shall see - diamond sounds gimmicky to me - kevlar was IMO.
    I didn't hate the N802 at all, I just got sick when I learned the price. There are a few $2000 -$4000 speakers I can think of that stand up to it quite well. I'm not sure if the designers are to blame or of it's just the marketing geniuses that directly correlate price with size instead of sound? People are willing to pay for the brand name. Then again, I've heard speakers that cost more than the N802 that were worse.

    Without passing judgement on this speakers performance, it's sad to see B&W feeling a need to increase costs when the rest of the speaker industry is finding many ways of improving sound while reducing costs.
    I think the giant corporations are slowly but surely seeing their market share slip away, losing their competitive edge, and their ability to adapt fast enough. Not sure if this is a good thing or not.

    As for Kevlar...not sure why you feel it's a gimmick.

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    B&W are Brit speakers...

    ...you have to keep in mind the value of the dollar versus that pound has seriously
    plummetted since the last series was introduced. Nearly by 50 cents a pound.

    I'm sure that had to play some role in the US price for their speakers this time around.

    I've listened to the 803N and was somewhat impressed...but thought the Faber Grand Piano's sounded as good (maybe better) for $1500 less. So your point is well taken.

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    That's true, 20to20K, but the British price has gone up too according to that British article.

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    I've spent a few hours listening for meself...

    quite impressive...but wayyyyy over priced IMHO...20K for any speaker is kinda mad in my book...but I'm a cheapo....so thats just me. I'm not at all a fan of the base of the unit either...but it is on wheels so it makes it easy to slide around..when I saw that I was thinking about all the hub-bub about coupling w/ high end spikes....but shoot I had that idea before them (B&W) when I put casters on me sub!! oh well...should have contacted the patient office


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    Quote Originally Posted by kexodusc
    That's true, 20to20K, but the British price has gone up too according to that British article.
    I don;t buy the dollar shipping argument because the AX Two is hand built and shipped in from Denmark and then there is the 705 which is 3 times the price no better at all looks nicer and better finish -- depends what premium you want to pay for heavy advertising/staff , high mark-ups, overhead etc.

    TAH
    As for implementation of materials well I have yet to hear a speaker using a metal tweeeter from anyone I would want to own and listen to every day -- I have yet to hear a speaker using kevlar I would want to own everyday. The link from that expert yuou always posted read it over -- he'll tell you all about Kevlar. I notice because you didn;t read it close enough you never post hm anymore -- just selective if it supports your preference. B&W is basically the new Bose -- WAY overpriced for what you get.

    I will be interested to do a shootout between the D800 series, the AN E Sec and the Maggie 20.1

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    well I wouldn't go that far..

    but your point about B&W being way over priced is correct IMO...I still very much like the 801's but they listed for 11K...I like them for 4

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    Oh my...did he...I mean...you didn't...

    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    B&W is basically the new Bose -- WAY overpriced for what you get.
    I know speaker owners are worse than Harley Davidson owners-loyal to a fault, but come on RGA...I would accept B&W is the new JBL or something, but that's a bit low...

    Maybe if B&W started selling 4 inch tall little snail shaped speakers in Sears...maybe...

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    He is an expert, are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    The link from that expert yuou always posted read it over -- he'll tell you all about Kevlar. I notice because you didn;t read it close enough you never post hm anymore -- just selective if it supports your preference.
    I do not know who you referring to, but at least you refer to him as an expert, are you? What do you know about the sound of kevlar, paper, diamond, silk and the various iterations thereof?

    FTR: A while back before I sold on the AN-Ks, I disconnected the woofer and listened solely to the tweeter and much to my surprise it was rather harsh sounding in comparison to the other speakers I had around the house at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    As for implementation of materials well I have yet to hear a speaker using a metal tweeeter from anyone I would want to own and listen to every day -- I have yet to hear a speaker using kevlar I would want to own everyday. The link from that expert yuou always posted read it over -- he'll tell you all about Kevlar. I notice because you didn't read it close enough you never post hm anymore -- just selective if it supports your preference. B&W is basically the new Bose -- WAY overpriced for what you get.
    I think that B&W would have to get *much* more greedy before I would go anywhere near calling them "the new Bose."

    I confess to not being a big fan in general of their sound for the money, but many people love it, and there are too many other companies to mention that could lower their price quite a bit as well. I would say B&W speakers tend to cost more than they should... but maybe not... If the market is willing to pay it, then the cost is what the market is willing to bear.

    As for Kevlar drivers being implemented properly... Give the Legacy Whispers a listen. They are an excellent example of what a good Eton made kevlar driver can do in the right design. There are many other good designs too, of course... and I have built one for my Dad (and it even had an inverted Titanium dome tweeter as well, made by Focal).

    I agree with the previous poster that said it is all about the implementation... When you go to CES next year, give some more speakers using these drivers a listen and you may just be surprised at just how many good designs there are out there.

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    My comparison to Bose is no a comparison of SOUND -- I would take the DM 302 or 303 over the Bose 901. So I'll explain myself more clearly.

    As Kex noted and in which I fully agree. You take a speaker like the N802 which is about $10kCad -- the price has fluctuated over the dollar up to 11k down to 9k...but it's in this ballpark. Many people have mentioned that they have heard $2kcad speaker which are at least no worse some better. So what I am saying is that B&W has created a speaker largely marketing driven with sexy looks and are charging 5 TIMES the price of other speakers which are no worse and maybe better. This is the ultimate Bose marketing machine -- only it is the Bose marketing machine to higher end shoppers -- basically we're just adding a zero to the numbers. Bose charges 5 times the price for their speakers due to name recognition and branding and packaging -- you can buy their $1200.00Cdn surround package and get its equal someplace else for $300-$500.00Cad.

    That was my point. B&W has shifted from solid to very good for the money to retreads of earlier designs for big money -- the only speaker line their line-up that I feel is still offerring good value for the dollar is the 600 series -- and incidentally it's the line that has had the price stay relatively the same and the design is largely the same. The 700 series went way up over the previous line and is not better - the CM series always has been overpriced.

    The speakers that were heralded as great bang for buck products the DM 302, CDM 2SE, Matrix 805 were dropped completely or replaced with a more expensive worse soudning sepaker. This is just an opinion folks I'm not claiming this as any sort of fact you have to believe -- it's just my take on watching one of my favorite speaker makers (at one time my favorite) seemingly coast on the name.

    As for drivers -- in isolation means nothing -- it's how well it works together the article TAH used to always post I cannot remember the fellow's name but he goes over the sound properties of ALL drivers and their strengths and weaknesses -- metal has poor break-up (and don;t think that just applies to loud listening or when the driver is stressed - because it does not though it is most noticeable there). If the drivers are out of sink by even small degrees that is far more distracting than any short frequency anomoly which are ears are far less sensitive too. The CDM 1NT which I like was not free from this problem and can and was distracting when apparent GAPS in the music would form when acoustic instruments would have a clearly audible lapse and significant beaming. I recommended the speaker nevertheless because of price/overall performance. 705 actually has improved it a bit but took several steps back to my ear in virtually ever single other area and costs more and looks worse. (all subjective listening with outstanding gear in real listening environments).

    I know people love B&W -- People love BOSE too.

    TAh you know full well who I'm referring too since you posted the link all over the net for months and months and I will look for it hard if you're afraid to post it. He is a designer and reviewer who posted all the driver properties advantages and disadvantages of each kind --Once I and John Ashman pointed out to you that he ripped Kevlar drivers and that he owns an Audio Note amplifier claimning it to be by far the worst measuring unit but by far the best sounding -- you never posted it again -- naturally because all of a sudden he didn't agree with your TASTE. His name will come to me -- indeed I can do a search on this forum since I've quoted him several times.

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    First name Lynn rings a bell -- I'm thinking Lynn Olsen -- I'll keep looking.

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    Thumbs up I will help you with some links

    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    TAh you know full well who I'm referring too since you posted the link all over the net for months and months and I will look for it hard if you're afraid to post it. He is a designer and reviewer who posted all the driver properties advantages and disadvantages of each kind --Once I and John Ashman pointed out to you that he ripped Kevlar drivers and that he owns an Audio Note amplifier claimning it to be by far the worst measuring unit but by far the best sounding -- you never posted it again -- naturally because all of a sudden he didn't agree with your TASTE. His name will come to me -- indeed I can do a search on this forum since I've quoted him several times.
    RGA,

    Next time do your research before you post, you have scored an own goal, follow this thread and read the context of the post, John used Lynn's article to attack Kevlar. For the record, John Ashman posted that article in October 2004, a full three months before this thread started, and quoted from the article on a least one occasion before thread in question, FTR in that article, Lynn said
    I should add, by the way, that I like Kevlar and carbon-fiber drivers very
    much
    ... but they are difficult drivers to work with, with strong resonant
    signatures that must be controlled acoustically and electrically.
    in other words, as previously stated, it is the implementation that matters, not the actual material.

    I decided not to resist posting this article by Lynn Olsen for you to mull over everytime you dream of the Ongaku, Lynn said of the LNPA 150 Class AB transistor amplifier

    In comparing this amp to the latest audiophile confected unveiled at the Winter 1995 CES, I'd have to say this one is still my favorite at any kind of sane price point. It's the only transistor I've heard so far that has soul and body to the sound, with a remarkable ability to convey the emotional tone of the performance; this is the normal preserve of the direct-heated single-ended 2A3 and 300B triode, not transistors arranged in the usual complementary-symmetry topology.
    So much for the conventional wisdom, eh?
    ...

    I have to say, though, that marked the third time I've packed up an amplifier with a genuine sense of regret (the first two were the Audio Note Ongaku and the Reichert 300B's)..
    and that was almost ten years ago, I leave you work out the implications of his comments.
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    I'm going to try to check out a pair of these speakers at my dealer here in NYC. I'm going in with low expectations, but I'll try to supply another view on them if I can.

    BTW, audiohobby, I just have to say that I just sat in on a mix session with a pair of Genelec 8030As - not bad!! I at least owe you that information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theaudiohobby
    RGA,

    Next time do your research before you post, you have scored an own goal, follow this thread and read the context of the post, John used Lynn's article to attack Kevlar. For the record, John Ashman posted that article in October 2004, a full three months before this thread started, and quoted from the article on a least one occasion before thread in question, FTR in that article, Lynn said
    in other words, as previously stated, it is the implementation that matters, not the actual material.

    I decided not to resist posting this article by Lynn Olsen for you to mull over everytime you dream of the Ongaku, Lynn said of the LNPA 150 Class AB transistor amplifier

    and that was almost ten years ago, I leave you work out the implications of his comments.
    you should also know that Lynn's ONLY kevlar exception is that of scanspeak not of B&W -- did you e-mail to ask which one Lynn doesn;t like -- it's B&W just so you know which of course should be obvious since at the time B&W was the ONLY major company making speakers with Kevlar...so i'm not sure you were under the impression he was obviously referring to B&W or not -- but now you know.


    Are you under some delusion that I believe AN is perfect or the best? That if I post a great response to an item that someone won't ever like something a bit better...The ongaku has been improved and downright changed 3 times since 1994 -- and there is the UK version which is about half the price now.

    "The Ongaku, by far, had the worst THD and power measurements ... 22W at 3%
    distortion. It also made the Ariel sound better than any electrostat I've
    ever heard ... in fact, the best sound I'd heard in many years. It
    certainly sounded better than anything I heard at the 1994 Winter CES. So
    what's going on here? Maybe THD is simply measuring the wrong thing"

    Suffice it to say it's a great amplifier which he liked more than the Reichert. The SS amp was also sent packing -- there is no indication he likes it any better than theRecihert or the ongaku the latter isn't at a sane price which is why he had to return it -- he can't afford it...not many can. So if you read what he says clearly he likes the SS amp as his favorite at a SANE price -- which means it is NOT his favorite at ANY price. Though I would be interested to hear this SS amp because very few are at all good so I'm sure he's probably right that this one is a standout.

    I'm sure he can find better than the 1993-94 Ongaku --- he just needs to look up the new ones.

    "From Lynn
    "At the present, though, even the best Kevlar, carbon-fiber, or aluminum
    designs show at least one high-Q peak at the top of the working range,
    requiring a sharp crossover, a notch filter, or preferably both to control
    the peak. Unfortunately, this peak usually falls in a region between 3 and
    5 kHz, right where the ear is most sensitive to resonant coloration."

    B&W Corssover 4khz (as many have said a BAD choice)

    "There are highly-reviewed (by the large-circulation "underground"
    magazines[ie B&W]) 2-way speakers that use 7" Kevlar drivers[ie B&W] crossed over to
    metal-dome tweeters[ie B&W]. Technically, these loudspeakers operate with uniform
    motion over the range of both drivers; in practice, though, the crossovers
    are hard pressed to remove all of the energy from the Kevlar breakup region
    between 3 and 5 kHz."

    "The reviews of these particular 2-way speakers go on at considerable, and
    amusing, length about the trials in finding an amplifier that "revealed"
    the full quality of the loudspeaker. In reality, the reviewer was forced to
    use an amplifier that was particularly free of coloration in the region
    where the Kevlar driver was breaking up. Since most audiophiles and
    reviewers are unfamilar with the direct sound (and measurements) of
    commonly-used raw drivers, they can't evaluate how much "Kevlar sound", or
    "aluminum sound", remains as a residue in the finished design."

    "This is a problem, by the way, that plagues all [ALL means B&W] current 2-way Kevlar,
    metal, or carbon-fiber loudspeakers ... at the current state of the art,
    the 6.5" or 7" drivers are forced to operate right up to the edge of their
    working ranges in order to meet the tweeter in a moderate-distortion
    frequency range."

    "If you lower the crossover frequency, tweeter IM distortion skyrockets,
    resulting in raspy, distorted high frequencies at mid-to-high listening
    levels; if you raise the crossover frequency, the Kevlar breakup creeps in,
    resulting in a forward, aggressive sound at moderate listening levels[B&W 4khz}, and
    complete breakup at high levels (unlike paper cones, Kevlar, metal, and
    carbon fibers do not go into gradual breakup)."

    Which is why they don;t sound very cohesive

    "I should add, by the way, that I like Kevlar and carbon-fiber drivers very
    much ... but they are difficult drivers to work with, with strong resonant
    signatures that must be controlled acoustically and electrically."

    "As mentioned above, rigid cones have advantages, but are difficult to damp
    completely. A different approach is to use a cone material that is made
    from a highly lossy material (traditionally, this was plastic-doped paper,
    but this has been supplanted by polypropylene in most modern loudspeakers).
    The cone then damps itself, progressively losing energy as the impulse from
    the voice coil spreads outwards across the cone surface. The choice of
    spider and surround are then much less critical.

    This type of material[POLYPROLYENE] typically measures quite flat and also allows a
    simple 6dB/Octave crossover; personally, though, I don't care for the sound
    of most polypropylene drivers, finding them rather vague and
    blurry-sounding at low-to-medium listening levels
    . {Read Paradigm et al} Without access to a B&K
    swept IM distortion analyzer, I have to resort to guesswork, but I strongly
    suspect that this type of cone has fairly high IM distortion since it is
    quite soft. In addition, it is quite difficult to make a material that has
    perfectly linear mechanical attenuation; in practice, distortion creeps in
    when you actually want a progressive attenuation of energy over the surface
    of the cone."

    And back to Kevlar -

    "A unique and quite desirable property of the latest Scan-Speak Kevlar
    drivers is a smooth rolloff region above the usual Kevlar peak. All of the
    other Kevlar drivers
    [ALL MEANS B&W] (that I have measured and listened to) have chaotic
    breakup regions; the Scan-Speaks are the only ones [ONLY MEANS NOT B&W that appear
    well-controlled in this region..."

    B&W does not use Scan-Speak (Note the part ALL OF THE OTHERS).

    Now do you believe that Lynn Olsen has NEVER in his life designing and reviewing has NEVER EVER HEARD A SINGLE B&W SPEAKER USING KEVLAR??????????????

    PLEASE!!

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    Sigh...the only person who is delusional here is you, RGA.

    Sigh
    You said.
    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    I hope it's MILES better than the N802 which is already in tough against several $2kCad speakers in the listenability departments for me. It needs cohesion, bass, and a smoother treble...we shall see - diamond sounds gimmicky to me - kevlar was IMO.
    to which I replied
    What do you know about diamond or even Kevlar... , I am okay with your criticism of the sound just not too sure why you singled out certain materials for criticism, I thought it was about the whole package.
    then you replied (emphasis mine)
    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    TAH
    As for implementation of materials well I have yet to hear a speaker using a metal tweeeter from anyone I would want to own and listen to every day -- I have yet to hear a speaker using kevlar I would want to own everyday. The link from that expert yuou always posted read it over -- he'll tell you all about Kevlar. I notice because you didn;t read it close enough you never post hm anymore -- just selective if it supports your preference...
    to which I replied
    I do not know who you referring to, but at least you refer to him as an expert, are you? What do you know about the sound of kevlar, paper, diamond, silk and the various iterations thereof?
    to which you replied
    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    TAh you know full well who I'm referring too since you posted the link all over the net for months and months and I will look for it hard if you're afraid to post it. He is a designer and reviewer who posted all the driver properties advantages and disadvantages of each kind --Once I and John Ashman pointed out to you that he ripped Kevlar drivers and that he owns an Audio Note amplifier claimning it to be by far the worst measuring unit but by far the best sounding -- you never posted it again
    to which I replied that Lynn Olsen said

    I should add, by the way, that I like Kevlar and carbon-fiber drivers very
    much ... but they are difficult drivers to work with, with strong resonant
    signatures that must be controlled acoustically and electrically.
    to which you now reply saying

    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    you should also know that Lynn's ONLY kevlar exception is that of scanspeak not of B&W -- did you e-mail to ask which one Lynn doesn;t like -- it's B&W just so you know which of course should be obvious since at the time B&W was the ONLY major company making speakers with Kevlar...so i'm not sure you were under the impression he was obviously referring to B&W or not -- but now you know.
    Hello...what is the relevance of this twaddle when I originally said

    ...not too sure why you singled out certain materials for criticism, I thought it was about the whole package.
    Lynn said he that he liked Kevlar very much but it is difficult to work with, whether he likes or does not like B&W Kevlar implementation is another matter entirely, he clearly states that he likes Kevlar and recommends a preferred crossover design, yet you say that he trashed Kevlar Sigh....

    Now to off topic issue that you raised earlier, you said

    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    Once I and John Ashman pointed out to you that he ripped Kevlar drivers and that he owns an Audio Note amplifier claimning it to be by far the worst measuring unit but by far the best sounding -- you never posted it again
    And I said that Lynn said of the LNPA 150 transistor power amp

    .I have to say, though, that marked the third time I've packed up an amplifier with a genuine sense of regret (the first two were the Audio Note Ongaku and the Reichert 300B's)..
    Then you said

    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    Are you under some delusion that I believe AN is perfect or the best? That if I post a great response to an item that someone won't ever like something a bit better...The ongaku has been improved and downright changed 3 times since 1994 -- and there is the UK version which is about half the price now.

    "The Ongaku, by far, had the worst THD and power measurements ... 22W at 3%
    distortion. It also made the Ariel sound better than any electrostat I've
    ever heard ... in fact, the best sound I'd heard in many years. It
    certainly sounded better than anything I heard at the 1994 Winter CES. So
    what's going on here? Maybe THD is simply measuring the wrong thing"
    Hello..he listened to both amplifers between months of each other, between CES 1994 and CES 1995, more importantly he said that it challenged conventional wisdom which included amongst other things "Thou shalt use direct-heated triodes, preferably in single-ended circuits" and in that article Lynn says
    One of the unsettling things about being both a reviewer and a designer is having the "conventional wisdom" knocked on its head on a regular basis....

    Karna, my sweetie, was so taken by the overall quality of sound she lobbied heavily for us to buy the amps outright..and this the lady that was converted to ultra-fi by the Ongaku experience
    As you can see there is only one person who is delusional here and it is you.

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    oh no people who follow your B&W love in know very well that for several months you were trying to say that Lynn was not referring to B&W when he mentioned that kevlar does not work...you try always to weasal out of it -- the ONLY kevlar driver he likes is Scanspeak -- I have no problem with Scanspeak since I have not heard its implementation -- when i refer to kevlar I refer to B&W since They use it more than everyone else. Kevlar is synonymous WITH B&W and I am Trying to tell you that Lynn thinks B&W's use of it basically SUCKS donkey balls. You kept denying that he was referring to B&W -- which is OBVIOUSLY NOT THE CASE!

    And with the amps -- again you don't read very close -- he sent all three amps back. The SS amp is for SANE money he likes -- it sounds very good to him yes organic like SET yes -- Show me where he says the following "This amp blows the Ongaku and or Rechert to the weeds" Nowhere is this said nor is it even implied. The Ongaku is a $90,000US integrated amplifier -- that is not a sanely priced competitor. He can't afford the Ongaku -- it is the same reason Steven Rochlin the editor of enjoythemusic sent it back (actually he bought and had to sell it for financial reasons).

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    I have to agree, B&W is just a huge marketing gimmik company and its going towards the BOSE direction when it comes to marketing and being overprized. Kevlar, Diamond tweeter are materials that the typical joeblow says "wow" too and thats why they use it. Look at the HE2005, B&W had the hugest showroom floors and use a 5xNautilus 801 setup with life music. I can tell you, it sucked !! The dealers get like freaking 60% off plus deliverly to their door. They are the most easiest to sell speakers there are, and also the most overprized. My speakers use wood and aluminum foil, you find your sandwhich rapped with and i am not afraid of comparing test to a Nautilus Presitige or any other speaker for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    oh no people who follow your B&W love in know very well that for several months you were trying to say that Lynn was not referring to B&W when he mentioned that kevlar does not work...you try always to weasal out of it -- the ONLY kevlar driver he likes is Scanspeak -- I have no problem with Scanspeak since I have not heard its implementation -- when i refer to kevlar I refer to B&W since They use it more than everyone else. Kevlar is synonymous WITH B&W and I am Trying to tell you that Lynn thinks B&W's use of it basically SUCKS donkey balls. You kept denying that he was referring to B&W -- which is OBVIOUSLY NOT THE CASE!
    most of what of you just said is irrelevant trivia, however

    • Now you say that "I have no problem with Scanspeak since I have not heard its implementation -- when i refer to kevlar I refer to B&W" showing that your original comments on Kevlar sound was a pointless and wrong generalisation.
    • Also YOU ARE WERE WRONG in your assessment of Lynn Olsen overall opinion of Kevlar and your comments so far show that you know next to nothing about the sound of various driver materials.
    • If you are interested in discussing various kevlar implementations in detail, start a new thread. Secondly, Olsen did not explicitly mention B&W, so your conclusion is only suggestive.


    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    And with the amps -- again you don't read very close -- he sent all three amps back. The SS amp is for SANE money he likes -- it sounds very good to him yes organic like SET yes -- Show me where he says the following "This amp blows the Ongaku and or Rechert to the weeds" Nowhere is this said nor is it even implied. The Ongaku is a $90,000US integrated amplifier -- that is not a sanely priced competitor. He can't afford the Ongaku -- it is the same reason Steven Rochlin the editor of enjoythemusic sent it back (actually he bought and had to sell it for financial reasons).
    Another piece of irrelevant trivia? Did I suggest at anytime that he preferred the SS amplifier to the Ongaku? Olsen explicitly stated that a particular Class AB transistor amplifier with negative feedback (sacriledge? ) possessed the organic qualities that he always thought were the exclusive preserve of the best SET amplifcation, at a fraction of the price of the Ongaku.He goes as far as saying that he prefers this particular amplifier to ANY other amplifier in that price category. Ponder the implications.

    As I said earlier, there is only one person here who is delusional (and probably insecure), and it is you.

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    HAHAHA -- still believe he's not talking about B&W.

    E-mail him

    Ongaku has been reviewed by Dick Olsher, Alvin Gold, Jonathan Kettle, Mike Kuller, Lynn Olsen and many others - the only non-perfect aspect of the ONGAKU that any of them could find was that they couldn't afford it!

    Frankly it's overpriced no matter what it sounds like -- and as I have said many many times -- and should have said it earlier -- who the hell cares what these people think -- unless you agree with them -- you obviously would buy a B&W speaker -- LYNN based on what is available at this moment in time would not. So right there you are not the same as him and neither am I.

    Lynn
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    "As for myself, I like the sound of my own speakers (or whatever I'm currently modifying), and all-trans-coupled Class A PP DHT's. Commercially-available high-end audio leaves me cold, so I design to my own preferences, and publish as I go. You're lucky you've heard commercially available equipment that appeals to you; for me, that is so extremely rare I don't even try emulating the handful of equipment I've liked in the last decade or so. I like the original Reichert SE-300B Silver, Ongaku and WAVAC HE-833, but have no intention of designing or building anything remotely similar.

    I enjoy meeting the original designers (not the marketers!) at trade shows and finding out their design priorities and the way they solve problems. The only part of the CES I enjoy is the designer-meets; the sonics at that show almost always drive me out of the room immediately. I guess my tastes have diverged so far from the Stereophile/Absolute Sound high-end mainstream that I have to find my own way now." September 2003

    Guess he'd hate your amplifier and mine and the Naim you rave about so why quote people who don't hear it like you? Sure he doesn't like much.

    "Strengths? Startling transparency, spatial qualities, and reverb tails that fade ever so gradually into the deep velvet blackness. This is Ongaku-grade performance, about as good as it gets. You *will* hear what your source is doing. The 47's sound very much like 45's, which is a good thing."

    Pretty much every amp he talks about is references back to a handful of amplifiers of which one is the Ongaku -- there is no doubt that he considers it ONE OF, which does not mean the only, best amplifiers available -- to which I say "It bloody well OUGHTA be for that kind of coin."
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    Smile Sigh..some epitaphs of your concocting and twisting

    Sigh.....yet more irrelevance Sigh...and that from someone who said a few posts ago
    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    Are you under some delusion that I believe AN is perfect or the best?
    even your Olsen link is off-topic, LOL , do you understand the meaning of context at all?

    I do not care who Olsen is referring to nor in any of his innuendo, it is irrelevant to this sub thread, read some excerpts from some of your original posts
    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    we shall see - diamond sounds gimmicky to me - kevlar was IMO. ?
    and
    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    -- I have yet to hear a speaker using kevlar I would want to own everyday. The link from that expert you always posted read it over -- he'll tell you all about Kevlar. ?
    and now
    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    ...and as I have said many many times -- and should have said it earlier -- who the hell cares what these people think -- unless you agree with them...
    and even
    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    Guess he'd hate your amplifier and mine and the Naim you rave about so why quote people who don't hear it like you? Sure he doesn't like much.
    Get a grip, you brought Lynn Olsen into the equation , call me when you have finished concocting and twisting .
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    Peter, thanks for the link.


    Too bad this has digressed into one of the lamest arguments I've ever encountered on AR...and there have been some doosies!

    To those of you that believe diamond tweeters are a gimmick, I think the engineers at Avalon, Marten Designs, Kharma, and B&W will politely disagree. But then again, you know far more than these guys so by all means continue to trash away.

    To those of you that believe kevlar is a gimmick, I think the recording engineers at Skywalker sound, Abbey Road, and a host of others will politely disagree. But then again, you know far more than these guys so by all means continue to trash away.

    Why does B&W charge as much as they do? Because they can. This is Business 101. Over the years, they have built up name equity, much like Mercedes Benz. However, are you going to b!tch at MB for selling $70,000 cars that aren't nearly as good from a quality stand point as a Toyota at 1/5 the cost? Of course not, because both are aspirational brands and that brings with it a whole different set of expectations. This is why B&W sports one of the highest resale retention rates of any speaker. You don't like them? So what. Other people do. Get over it and stop trying to push your opinion on others.

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