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Are those Eminence woofers?
Yes, they are made by Eminence for Clayton. There is a YouTube video where he talks about having worked with them a lot in the past when he was in pro audio manufacturing. He worked with them on these current Spatial designs, specifying what kind of characteristics he needed from the drivers and then prototyping back-and-forth until he got what he wanted. His goal, as he says in the video, was to be able to streamline the manufacturing process and order the drivers in large enough quantities so that economies of scale kicked in and he could get the prices down for the finished product. Spatial's top-of-the-line speaker, called Luminance, goes into five figure territory, but he's quoted somewhere else as saying, "I don't just want to make toys for rich guys." Here's a photo of one of the woofers:
I also wonder how much room affects the different models.
Anyone compare the Spatial's to the Emerald physics speakers? I am considering one or the other this spring and will more than likely make a purchase at Axpona. Currently am interested in the M3's but this M4 review seems quite good.
My 2 cents. I received my Spatial M4's Turbo Monday afternoon. First impression, well packed, foam protection where needed, top and bottom, protecting the drivers. The are not double boxed though, and I suggest that for at least air shipping. I used USPS 3 day Priority and it worked pretty well. There were some gashes around the box in one of the speakers but the speakers were not touched. As you can see they are satin red and beautiful. They will reach the 100 hour break in target in 2 hours and this assessment is right, it is now that they are starting to sound beautiful. I suspect that they might need another 50 to 60 hours more to reach their optimum performance. Soundwise nothing different that what has been said everywhere including this thread. Compared to my main previous speakers, Reference Line MM de deCapo's, they have more bass and are more dynamic. They also throw a larger soundstage and are about the same depthwise so far. BTW I listen near field though my room is only 12'x11'. Musically they are direct, no sugar coating here, what the recording offers is what you get. I was afraid they would be too forward and shrill sounding but this has not been the case and they are getting smoother every hour,. Maybe Rebbi can make some comments regarding the deCapo's, though I remember he had or has a pair. Really good speakers. The Spatials are 1 db more efficient so my 25 w First Watt amp is having a feast. It delivers 40w into 4 ohms though. I keep connecting on and off my Vandersteen 2W sw and let me tell that I am not convinced yet if It is needed. The Spatials project a very tuned and dynamic bass that I think the 2W does not have. Before the 60 or 70 hour mark I could not integrate the 2w very well though the Spatials bass was kind of disorganized, one could say. Hell of a pair of speakers recommended!
Yes Kevin that is your Supratek Chardonnay...... And Rebbi, can you post your blog's address?
couple more pics. long story short... I perfer the dipole sound field from the Omega's. ymmv.Dwighthttp://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=135334http://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=135335
The m4 are on my very short list. I love the red finish.
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