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I've been following audio (including Stereophile) for 45 years and never heard that. Care to name any names?
Sorry but you are wrong....Watkins makes their own woofers!
Having someone make what you want them to make, isn't all that far off. I mean for the integrity of the speakers they probably aren't different, it's just a point of discussion.
Any credibility was gone long ago. I know I shouldn't feed the trolls, but...
Bill Watkins is a good guy and has worked on great speaker designs since the 70's. Looks like the 6 1/2 inch mid/bass driver is built by Peerless which is used in the PTE self powered MTM's. This speaker looks similar in design to the highly rated ML1 with a 5 1/2 inch woofer. Not sure of the tweeter. http://www.lenehanaudio.com.au/ml1.html
I sat in on a couple of listening sessions in Atlanta on a prototype WE-1 around 1980 (?). They were very nice sounding speakers and quite large, nothing like the speakers in the current ad.But Mr Watkins is a legitimate innovator and well known designer, so these might be nice speakers.
HiFiSoundGuy has alerted me to products that were off my radar ..... and most likely will stay that way! Steve
No names, but many audio dealers knew back then and some dealers would make fun of Holt at the CES shows. Holt also loved and rode Harleys a lot. Not so good for your hearing.
Funny you should mention HiFiSoundGuy. Crossoverless reminds me of his breathless style and the way insults and challenges are effortlessly and completely ignored with his subsequent posts, the vacuous hyping tone undiminished. The style was so familiar I just finished looking him up to see if I was remembering correctly. I was.
If these Watkins Generation Four's are as good as they say they are, then even at "$2995...Dealers price", these speakers will still be one of the best bargains on the market today!..I'm waiting to see what some of the Reviewers out there have to say about these Watkins Generation Four's after they listen to them!
I knew Gordon pretty well when we both lived in Boulder in the mid 1990s and I visited him at home many times. Were it not for my difficulty with his cigarette smoke, we might have been much closer friends. Never heard any mention of Harleys but he may well have been involved with them when he was younger. As for his hearing, I never detected any problem there at all. The most I could offer on that topic is the observation that tastes differ. He was very much into surround sound, Tannoy speakers and his enormous laser disc collection. He's the guy who referred to cables as passive tone controls.http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/viewpoint/0809/j_gordon_holt.htm
I look on this forum almost every day. I just don't post on it much anymore! I see some of you missed me!
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