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Well, I couldn't resist so today I pulled the trigger on a pair of M3 Turbo S in Satin Black. I'm really looking forward to hearing (and seeing) their performance in my current room before I move. I was impressed at RMAF and just couldn't wait any longer. Should be fun! I'll update if anyone cares enough.
I had listened to a pair of an earlier model at Mountain View Audio show, it sounded quite good then, I am sure you will enjoy your pair. BTW C. Shaw is really a nice guy I had a good chat with him, I don't think he remembered me. He was one of a a few pioneers in OB speakers design, I built a 2 models based on this earlier models(similar to those from Emerald Physics), all of them sounded quite good too.
HelloGreat review newrecordday. Thank you.I just have a question if you don't mind. I live in a smallish room/studio, pre-war building in NYC... Do you think the Spatial speakers work decently ok or am I better off buying a bookshelf speakers until I move to a bigger place?
Would love to hear what you think. What size room will they be in? Any thoughts of a subwoofer with them?
Also, box speakers don't sound great in a small room either.
Just so you know, that's totally not true. A proper CD speaker is exactly why they DO work in any room. I'm very curious to see/hear how a CD OB Speaker does too.
I've had my Spatial M2 Turbos in a very small ( 10 x 11 ) listening room and they can pull it off. The caveat being the presentation is very upfront.( front row ) That said, their sense of ease/ smoothness still make for an involving experience. In regard to this same room, I've tried several monitor type speakers in this room with some success. However, none of them have come close to the presentation of an Ohm 1000 in this room. Of course the 1000 is actually designed to work in a room this size and it shows. In regard to the M2 Turbo in a larger room.....it simply works better with the increased breathing room. The strengths( sense of ease/ smoothness ) remain in spades with a much better disappearing act. Bottom line here is that I think you'll be quite pleased with the M3 Turbo. The first 100 or so hours will have you thinking they sound a bit mechanical and not quite as involving as you'd hoped, but be patient. Like a fine wine, they continue to improve with time and you will start to appreciate how well voiced they are.
There is no doubt these are well engineered products, but I've heard a lot of well engineered products that bored me to death. Clayton's designs are not just well thought out from an engineering standpoint, they're musically involving. That's where some speaker designers fall short.
I for one am interested in hearing more reports about it. The issue that I find with all these discoveries and great giant killer products that lots of people advocate is that they are hip or trend intensely for some months and then people move on to something else. When this happens I often question the standards that people had when it relates to these products. Mind you that I honestly do not think that these new OB speakers fall on that previous line of being peddled as the latest and timeless products. I am eager to hear more about them. Amplifiers and other smaller products are easy to audition but these being larger products, I feel it is a little more intimidating to try.
Other than shipping cost, Clayton at Spatial offers a 60-day(!) trial, which makes it generously low risk to find out.
Hey folks, For those of you that might have missed it, I posted my review of the Spatial Audio M3s. They are a fun speaker to listen to and I am having a hard time going to back to my thinner sounding Gallo's after my audition. I highly recommend these speakers. https://www.newrecordday.com/spatial-audio-m3-review/Not trying to spam my own site here, just hoping to share the enjoyment of a job well done by Spatial. -Ron
Fair enough. I'm surprised that I haven't read more about them here considering their dollar/performance.
I think Clayton was having a hard time attracting an audience at the M1/M2 price points. So he redesigned the cabinet to reach a cheaper price point for the M3/M4 and it appears he has widened the appeal. A lot of audiophiles can probably afford to experiment with $1-2K, if there's a decent moneyback return policy. But harder to part with $4K+, even if just temporarily. And at those prices, there's a lot of very high performing speakers you can get used as well. I ultimately snagged some Daedalus DA-RMa's for just over $5K that are a quantum leap forward in refinement over the M1. Not knocking the M1's performance, as the equivalent current model of Daedalus is well over $10K new I think. It's just that I respectfully disagree that the Hologram series are world-beaters. They're very solid audiophile quality performance, will work well acoustically in a wide range of rooms, well-designed, with good voicing too, and will easily offer long-term listening pleasure. However, they are not the last word in detail or refinement, IMO.
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