Tempesta MK2

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Tempesta MK2
« on: 4 Sep 2018, 03:26 pm »
A new cabinet design and finish.






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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #1 on: 4 Sep 2018, 08:40 pm »
OK, what color is it Rick?
Gray, Taupe...Sorta hard to tell.

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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #2 on: 4 Sep 2018, 08:46 pm »
Very Nice!

Rick Craig

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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #3 on: 4 Sep 2018, 09:00 pm »
OK, what color is it Rick?
Gray, Taupe...Sorta hard to tell.

It's a gray dye over walnut veneer which allows some of the walnut's brown / golden tones to show. The finish is a Euro-matte look.

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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #4 on: 15 Sep 2018, 02:24 am »
Always been drawn to the Tempesta design what a cool finish.
Aniline dye?
Beautiful.

Phil A

Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #5 on: 15 Sep 2018, 12:32 pm »
It's a gray dye over walnut veneer which allows some of the walnut's brown / golden tones to show. The finish is a Euro-matte look.

Very nice! - I use the same dye on my hair btw :green:

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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #6 on: 15 Sep 2018, 02:14 pm »
Always been drawn to the Tempesta design what a cool finish.
Aniline dye?
Beautiful.

Rubio Monocoat.

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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #7 on: 15 Sep 2018, 02:14 pm »
Very nice! - I use the same dye on my hair btw :green:

Many of us do :)

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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #8 on: 14 Oct 2018, 04:41 am »
As recipient of Rick's phenomenal work, my gratitude cannot be expressed in words.

There was a mishap with one of the speakers stuck in the mail system for almost a month, so I had the displeasure of looking at a single speaker, anxiously waiting for its significant other to arrive and wondering how they would sound like as a pair. Just imagine my pain of how to have lived through that month.

The color, in retrospect, was a mistake on my part. I took a photo of my flooring with my phone and asked Rick what would be the closest finish to it. If you were in the same boat don't do it! Have to have the proper white balance and brightness calibrated for this to have worked. But, by accident, the result matches the color of my theatre room perfectly. And all in all I loved the awesomeness of this special finish, even if I only got it by accident.

For the longest time Tempesta had been Selah's flagship bookshelf and 'II' improves upon what was already the best. (Although now the baton seemed to have passed onto the DSP-based Epico.) Transparent would be the word I would describe them. There is nothing between me and the recording. The speakers did not add any sound of their own. The name of the game is speed. RAAL ribbons are fast and the Accuton C51's are fast. But they do not sound bright or brittle - the sound is as close as the real thing as can be. But don't expect any fat warm mellow sound, these speakers add nothing and they won't embellish what was there.

The setup is very sensitive to ear height (as can be expected because of RAAL's vertical dispersion) and needs to be rather far out from the front wall. I haven't figured out optimal placement for imaging yet, but this is my own problem as I am pretty certain these speakers are considered relatively easy for placement. (There are no abrupt dispersion changes at either of the crossover points.)

Having lived with them for only a week or so, maybe it is premature for me to hit the submit button, but these are my thoughts so far. (I listen to mostly orchestral and some jazz.) But I consider myself so lucky to be able to have a pair of speakers like these. I have always wanted to have an end-all pair to stop all potential future upgrades and I thought these will be passed onto my children and my grandchildren as heirloom, and they are that good.

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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #9 on: 14 Oct 2018, 12:09 pm »
Great endorsement.

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Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #10 on: 16 Oct 2018, 06:54 pm »
As recipient of Rick's phenomenal work, my gratitude cannot be expressed in words.

There was a mishap with one of the speakers stuck in the mail system for almost a month, so I had the displeasure of looking at a single speaker, anxiously waiting for its significant other to arrive and wondering how they would sound like as a pair. Just imagine my pain of how to have lived through that month.

The color, in retrospect, was a mistake on my part. I took a photo of my flooring with my phone and asked Rick what would be the closest finish to it. If you were in the same boat don't do it! Have to have the proper white balance and brightness calibrated for this to have worked. But, by accident, the result matches the color of my theatre room perfectly. And all in all I loved the awesomeness of this special finish, even if I only got it by accident.

For the longest time Tempesta had been Selah's flagship bookshelf and 'II' improves upon what was already the best. (Although now the baton seemed to have passed onto the DSP-based Epico.) Transparent would be the word I would describe them. There is nothing between me and the recording. The speakers did not add any sound of their own. The name of the game is speed. RAAL ribbons are fast and the Accuton C51's are fast. But they do not sound bright or brittle - the sound is as close as the real thing as can be. But don't expect any fat warm mellow sound, these speakers add nothing and they won't embellish what was there.

The setup is very sensitive to ear height (as can be expected because of RAAL's vertical dispersion) and needs to be rather far out from the front wall. I haven't figured out optimal placement for imaging yet, but this is my own problem as I am pretty certain these speakers are considered relatively easy for placement. (There are no abrupt dispersion changes at either of the crossover points.)

Having lived with them for only a week or so, maybe it is premature for me to hit the submit button, but these are my thoughts so far. (I listen to mostly orchestral and some jazz.) But I consider myself so lucky to be able to have a pair of speakers like these. I have always wanted to have an end-all pair to stop all potential future upgrades and I thought these will be passed onto my children and my grandchildren as heirloom, and they are that good.

Heirloom? Wow, what a nice compliment! Sorry to hear about the postal delivery delay. I will start offering the Express option for Canadian shipments - it seems 6-10 days has turned into 6-10 weeks!

Nick V

Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #11 on: 16 Oct 2018, 11:43 pm »
I had a similar issue with the shipment of my Vigore, although thankfully the delay between the first and second speaker arriving was more like a week rather than a month for me.

Also, I feel like my Vigore keep getting better and better as I become more accustomed to their sound (or if you believe in break-in) and you might find the same with your Tempestas.

I've been cycling through several different speakers in my main system over the past few years and I feel like I've also found a pair speakers that I'll be happy with for years to come!

Congrats on your Tempesta MK2's!!

AvFan

Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #12 on: 17 Oct 2018, 06:35 am »
As recipient of Rick's phenomenal work, my gratitude cannot be expressed in words.

There was a mishap with one of the speakers stuck in the mail system for almost a month, so I had the displeasure of looking at a single speaker, anxiously waiting for its significant other to arrive and wondering how they would sound like as a pair. Just imagine my pain of how to have lived through that month.

The color, in retrospect, was a mistake on my part. I took a photo of my flooring with my phone and asked Rick what would be the closest finish to it. If you were in the same boat don't do it! Have to have the proper white balance and brightness calibrated for this to have worked. But, by accident, the result matches the color of my theatre room perfectly. And all in all I loved the awesomeness of this special finish, even if I only got it by accident.

For the longest time Tempesta had been Selah's flagship bookshelf and 'II' improves upon what was already the best. (Although now the baton seemed to have passed onto the DSP-based Epico.) Transparent would be the word I would describe them. There is nothing between me and the recording. The speakers did not add any sound of their own. The name of the game is speed. RAAL ribbons are fast and the Accuton C51's are fast. But they do not sound bright or brittle - the sound is as close as the real thing as can be. But don't expect any fat warm mellow sound, these speakers add nothing and they won't embellish what was there.

The setup is very sensitive to ear height (as can be expected because of RAAL's vertical dispersion) and needs to be rather far out from the front wall. I haven't figured out optimal placement for imaging yet, but this is my own problem as I am pretty certain these speakers are considered relatively easy for placement. (There are no abrupt dispersion changes at either of the crossover points.)

Having lived with them for only a week or so, maybe it is premature for me to hit the submit button, but these are my thoughts so far. (I listen to mostly orchestral and some jazz.) But I consider myself so lucky to be able to have a pair of speakers like these. I have always wanted to have an end-all pair to stop all potential future upgrades and I thought these will be passed onto my children and my grandchildren as heirloom, and they are that good.

Congratulations on your new Tempesta MK2s!  I have the Ottavo (design now retired) that have a RAAL tweeter and Accuton midrange and they too are stellar.  Since I purchased my Ottavo in 2014 I have cycled through a number of pieces of gear but not speakers.  My system revolves around Rick's speakers and it sounds like your system will too.  Enjoy!

jonbee

Re: Tempesta MK2
« Reply #13 on: 17 Oct 2018, 02:50 pm »
I've owned 4 different models of Rick's speakers, and they are all excellent speakers, all performing at the very top of their price classes. All are honest and musically satisfying.
My original Tempestas were a marvel, but they didn't move quite enough air for my bigger, hard to drive room, and were 1" too tall for the cabinets in my office so they went away. One of my all time favorites, outperforming several well known ~$10K speakers  in my home.