NX-Otica build thread.

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. Read 9402 times.

NeilT

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #80 on: 20 Jan 2017, 03:02 pm »
I finished a pair of the MTM NX-Oticas.  I have no where near the woodworking talent of some folks on this board so no in process build pics.  Its a no brainer flat pack so you are not missing anything really. 

Here is one side next to a one of my Super Vs.


These ended up being much taller than I thought they would be.  IIRC I last measured them at 54 inches tall.  I sit about 11.5~12 feet away from my speakers so I decided to angle the MTMs forward a bit (1/2 inch higher in the rear) and they are on speaker spikes.  The Super Vs look smaller than they really are as they are set back a bit in the photo. 

They, being the NX-Oticas, sound phenomenal.  Until I heard the NX-Oticas the only speakers I would have traded the Super Vs without much thought for were these http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=138878.msg1478779#msg1478779.  The Hawthorne OB 8s (crossover by Danny) are detail monsters.  I would encourage folks to hear them but Early B might be the only person to ever own a pair now that Hawthorne audio is gone.  The MTMs are equal to the OB 8s.  The OB 8s have a more detailed extended treble region but the NX-Otica's MTM config may give it a edge in the midrange.  (I havent heard the OB 8s since the last time I was over Early B's place a few months ago so TIFWIW).  In any event, the two sound way more alike than different.

The NX-Oticas have a rich and super detailed midrange and a very extended yet smooth treble region.  In comparison the Super Vs midrange is rich and robust but lacks the clarity of the MTMs.  The Super Vs treble is smooth and for the most part unoffensive but does not extend anywhere close to the open back Neo 3s. 

The Super Vs are not totally outclassed though.  There is just something special about them that I can't put a finger on.  It may just be due to the Coaxial configuration which immediately integrates the sound from the mid and tweeter.  You never get the sense that you are listening to two drivers.  This especially comes in handy for those of us with smaller rooms.  The Super Vs hit very hard and are a very addictive listen.

Anyway, the NX-Oticas are the new king in my house, but I am keeping the Super Vs.  I may build a table top version of the Super Vs so I can switch the pairs out whenever I get an itch for something different.

Of course a big thank you to Captainhemo for the great flat pack.

A couple more shots.




Paint the woofer magnet black. Sticks out like a sore thumb.  :thumb:
Beautiful speakers, great job on the build and flat packs.

Neil

Ric Schultz

  • Industry Participant
  • Posts: 680
    • http://www.tweakaudio.com
Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #81 on: 20 Jan 2017, 05:36 pm »
Better yet? would be to turn the lower woofer around.  Probably better sound, as well.  One person turned around the backwards one on the three stack and said it sounded better.  Doing the same to a two stack would make more difference......one out of two is more important than one out of three.  Anyone game?

rockdrummer

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #82 on: 20 Jan 2017, 05:52 pm »
I don't want this thread to change direction, but I'm looking for the thread where the forward facing/alternating woofer idea was debated.  I really like the aesthetic look of all woofers facing front, but have absolutely no experience or facts to back up either opinion.  Could someone direct me to that thread?

Thanks
Ben

Captainhemo

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #83 on: 21 Jan 2017, 12:58 am »
Ben, it's discussed briefly in   our OB H-Frame thread  as well as a  thread ric started  (can't reacll which one)
Post 108,  I quoted abit from that other thread  as we moved the disussion 
http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=139480.100

Not sure that's what you're after but...

And ric,  we'm  just  finishing a pair of duals (sloped) with both drivers facing forwards for a  cutomer, have sent  out a fwew pairs of triples like that now
jay

AKLegal

  • Jr. Member
  • Posts: 177
Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #84 on: 26 Jan 2017, 07:29 pm »
These things continue to get more impressive as they break in.  Increasing the volume only makes the sound bigger and they seem to simply ignore the room because no frequencies come close to loading the room.  The super Vs could load my room at particular low midrange frequencies at very loud volumes.


Switch the speakers back and forth so that the long wing is on the inside/outside and see which option you prefer.


With the wings on the outside I got decreased soundstage width but a stronger center image and they sound ever so slightly more dynamic when I swapped them.  I'm not sure which configuration I like better.


Paint the woofer magnet black. Sticks out like a sore thumb.  :thumb:
Beautiful speakers, great job on the build and flat packs.

Neil

Its not as bad as it looks in the picture.  I had an overhead light and a fairly bright lamp on and then on top of that I used a flash.  Under normal conditions you can still see them a little but its no where near what they look like in the picture.

**UPDATE** I definitely prefer the side wings to the inside.  I take back what I wrote earlier (pycho-acoustics maybe?).  The midrange is just loads better with the wings to the inside.
« Last Edit: 26 Jan 2017, 09:04 pm by AKLegal »

Philistine

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #85 on: 7 Feb 2017, 02:20 pm »
Delete - wrong thread.

Captainhemo

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #86 on: 11 Feb 2017, 02:43 am »
There's a bunch of Ottica threads  now  so figured here's as good a plcae as any

Mike from Mivera Audio was by  today.  He brought over   his digital stack and new  Pure Volume  (based on  4  Bent Audio  slaglaformers) and   nothing but in the signal path.  Everthing  is  upsampled to  DSD 256 via a separate server/upsamler based on the  Intel i7 6700. It's passed on to to  a hub/router then  via  fiber cable to the  Super Stream, and finally on to  the  DSD 256 optimized Pure Stream DAC via USB.  We drove   the   speakers with a sample of the new ICE   100wpc amp. 
Wow,  sounded    good :)  (excuse the mess, always   swapping   gear in and out ).   This  particular  version of   the Mivera Pure Volume only had one set of ins and one set of outs so we went subless  this afternoon...I was surprised at just how much bass the Otticas produced on their own 
The Mivera front end is impressive !
 


jay

Captainhemo

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #87 on: 7 Mar 2017, 11:28 pm »
Jeff,  I apologize but could yo uplease re-send that email yo  sent me this am ?

jay

Captainhemo

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #88 on: 14 Mar 2017, 01:22 am »
uhhhm,   a picture speaks a thousand words,    no, thats not ours (


 
Cudos Steve,  amazing   :thumb:

jay

ebag4

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #89 on: 14 Mar 2017, 01:38 am »
uhhhm,   a picture speaks a thousand words,    no, thats not ours (


 
Cudos Steve,  amazing   :thumb:

jay
Agreed! Very nice.  I hope we get to see the rest of the build!

Best,
Ed

Captainhemo

Re: NX-Otica build thread.
« Reply #90 on: 14 Mar 2017, 02:35 am »
I'll get him to post some pics Ed  !   He's  building out a set of Otticas and sloped triple  12's

jay