Looking for owners..... X series

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jdavis37

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Looking for owners..... X series
« on: 15 Apr 2021, 10:22 pm »
Hi.... I live in Western NC and earlier this year was close to pulling the plug on a pair of X5's (though had not ruled out the M3s). I had talked briefly with Clayton, and it seemed either pair would work. Then, life happened, distractions happened and you know the rest.

I realize Spatial has a truly wonderful return policy and for that I am grateful. BUT, I would rather avoid any inconveniences if I can since I don't buy anything with an expectation of return and I'm sure Clayton would really rather not deal with returns of little things like nearly 100 pound speakers!

So, here's the question... my zip is 28739, and if there are any X3, X5 or m3 sapphire owners out there within a 3 or so hour drive of me who could accommodate a fully vaccinated (Covid) person spending a few minutes listening, please give a shout. By the way, that fully vaccinated (covid) person is me! I am curious to hear these guys, and think a brief hearing with my own ears would make me feel safer about buying a pair knowing they will be adopted and not returned! Thx in advance.

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #1 on: 16 Apr 2021, 02:32 am »
If you can stretch that 3 hours a bit you can go to Linear Tube Audio in Tacoma Park, next to DC.


They will make a two hour appointment for you to listen to an M3 Sapphire.


I did that two weeks ago and ordering a pair of X5's from Clayton.


You could also call Clayton and ask him if he would be willing to make an introduction for you to a closer owner.

jdavis37

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #2 on: 16 Apr 2021, 02:48 am »
If you can stretch that 3 hours a bit you can go to Linear Tube Audio in Tacoma Park, next to DC.


They will make a two hour appointment for you to listen to an M3 Sapphire.


I did that two weeks ago and ordering a pair of X5's from Clayton.


You could also call Clayton and ask him if he would be willing to make an introduction for you to a closer owner.

Doggie,

Thanks. I ran their address via Google maps and say 1 hr 30 minutes.. FLIGHT time lol It says the drive is just short of 8 hours. Ouch.And then I would have to listen to their amps and stuff and you know where that heads :)

I appreciate the information though, very much so. I would actually be tempted to fly out to Clayton's and listen there but there are no direct flights from here and having to hold my breathe the entire trip might be difficult!

Just tell me they have full meat on the bone tone qualities to the vocals, not thin in any way in their sound and not super super difficult to place in the room and I may just go all in.

doggie

Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #3 on: 16 Apr 2021, 01:37 pm »
When I listened to the Sapphires at LTA they had a rich sound with a LTA Z10 Integrated amp(EL84s) and an MDHT DAC which had a 2C51 tube output. I have not received my X5's yet so I will have to report back on those later.


From reading reviews online my guess is that they the X series are very neutral. Sounds like you might enjoy them with tubes or a warm, non-clinical sounding solid state amp.


I was surprised that it would take you 8 hours to DC. We go to Myrtle Beach often and that takes 8 hours. I guess it is because you are farther west in NC?

bbybaudio

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #4 on: 16 Apr 2021, 05:39 pm »
Google says I am 2hrs 50mins away I have the first pair of X5s produced.

jdavis37

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #5 on: 16 Apr 2021, 09:04 pm »
When I listened to the Sapphires at LTA they had a rich sound with a LTA Z10 Integrated amp(EL84s) and an MDHT DAC which had a 2C51 tube output. I have not received my X5's yet so I will have to report back on those later.


From reading reviews online my guess is that they the X series are very neutral. Sounds like you might enjoy them with tubes or a warm, non-clinical sounding solid state amp.


I was surprised that it would take you 8 hours to DC. We go to Myrtle Beach often and that takes 8 hours. I guess it is because you are farther west in NC?

Doggie, it surprised me as well but the path getting there is a tad tortuous. No doubt is an interesting place though. There just are not many storefronts any more.

My amp and preamp are not overly clinical (Coda) so I think I'm fine there. Will have to be as anything else bought might have a huge divorce pricetag attached! Thanks for the suggestion though. Was very appreciated.

jdavis37

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #6 on: 16 Apr 2021, 09:07 pm »
Google says I am 2hrs 50mins away I have the first pair of X5s produced.

Hey now, that is under 3 hours.. gives me 10 minutes to eat lunch :) I would be interested in hearing them if it is something we can arrange. I think just seeing them in person helps but hearing what they are capable of doing is a Godsend. especially if you are still happy with them! Learning about the setup is also helpful!

bbybaudio

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #7 on: 17 Apr 2021, 01:05 pm »
If interested, send me a PM to arrange a time for you to listen.

jdavis37

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #8 on: 18 Apr 2021, 04:19 am »
If interested, send me a PM to arrange a time for you to listen.

PM sent :) Thx!

jdavis37

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 10:37 pm »
PM sent :) Thx!

Just a follow up.. just got home from visiting. My biggest thanks for allowing me to visit today and see and hear your wonderful speakers and system!

bbybaudio

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Re: Looking for owners..... X series
« Reply #10 on: Today at 12:47 pm »
You are welcome John!