Soon to be X-3 owner

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Shakeydeal

Soon to be X-3 owner
« on: 1 Aug 2019, 10:39 am »
Well I made the leap of faith yesterday and placed my order with Clayton for a pair of X-3s. I hope to have them by the end of the month.

As the new X speakers start to trickle out there, I hope owners will come here and share their experience.

Shakey

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #1 on: 1 Aug 2019, 12:29 pm »
Congrats Shakey.... I  sold just about all my collected stereo stuff from the 70"s /80's /90'  to fund a purchase of a set of Spatials. Some good stuff from a Marantz model 18 to Zu Omans,DCM time windows,MG II... and yes a set of Emerald Physics CS 3's . The CS'3 Sold me on OB and Spacials. I have not taken the leap as of yet because at 65 this will be my last , better be my last speaker.I have  $3000.00 to work with. I do have a set of Ushers in the family room. This set will be in a dedicated music room, 12.5 x 13.5 , powered by a Manley Stingray iPod. My hesitation is do I go with the old M4 / M3 Turbos or move up to the M5 Shpphire. I was so loving the compression driver and a bit afraid of the new design. The Manley is voiced at 6ohms so that to is a concern. What speaker did you own before the X-3's ? Enjoy your leap.

Shakeydeal

Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #2 on: 1 Aug 2019, 01:28 pm »
jazzman,

I have owned nearly 35 different pairs of speakers in the last 15 years. But I have klipschorns right now and I really love them. After having owned Danny Ritchie's Super V OB speakers, I know how addictive that sound can be. I have high hopes for the X-3.

After speaking with Clayton, my advice would be to go with the Sapphires.

Shakey

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #3 on: 1 Aug 2019, 01:43 pm »
jazzman,

I have owned nearly 35 different pairs of speakers in the last 15 years. But I have klipschorns right now and I really love them. After having owned Danny Ritchie's Super V OB speakers, I know how addictive that sound can be. I have high hopes for the X-3.

After speaking with Clayton, my advice would be to go with the Sapphires.

Shakey


  Wow 35 pairs in 15 years. The X-3 should cure your speaker disease :lol:. Ya think the electronics  might be an issue ?


charles

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #4 on: 1 Aug 2019, 01:52 pm »
Well I made the leap of faith yesterday...

Congratulations!  :thumb:  :thumb:

What finish / color did you go with? Did Clayton say anything about breaking them in, how long that might be and what to expect in the meantime?

Shakeydeal

Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #5 on: 1 Aug 2019, 02:16 pm »
Congratulations!  :thumb:  :thumb:

What finish / color did you go with? Did Clayton say anything about breaking them in, how long that might be and what to expect in the meantime?

Pretty sure electronics have never been an issue. I am just the guy that likes to try new things and never sits still for long.

Shakeydeal

Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #6 on: 1 Aug 2019, 02:17 pm »
The jury is still out on the finish.

Clayton says ~100 hours or so for complete break in. But they should sound very good right out of the box.


Shakey

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #7 on: 1 Aug 2019, 02:18 pm »
  Cool Man just was thinking why . ENJOY Man.


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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #8 on: 1 Aug 2019, 02:24 pm »
Windchaser-
FYI- My X-3’s should arrive on Saturday or Monday and I’ll be posting a review of the speaker once it’s broken in.
Cheers.

Shakeydeal

Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #9 on: 1 Aug 2019, 02:37 pm »
Congrats. Looking forward to hearing your impressions.

Shakey

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #10 on: 1 Aug 2019, 05:27 pm »
Windchaser-
FYI- My X-3’s should arrive on Saturday or Monday...

Awesome! Do you plan on taking any time off for “personal reasons”?  :lol:

Don_S

Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #11 on: 1 Aug 2019, 08:03 pm »
Windchaser-
FYI- My X-3’s should arrive on Saturday or Monday and I’ll be posting a review of the speaker once it’s broken in.
Cheers.

Please post some pictures right away. What finish did you get?

sumoking

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #12 on: 2 Aug 2019, 02:33 am »
Clear or the lighter color wood....
I’ll be posting pictures and a detailed review!
Can’t wait!
Cheers.

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #13 on: 2 Aug 2019, 02:35 am »
Awesome! Do you plan on taking any time off for “personal reasons”?  :lol:
Well, I am taking next week off on vacation! I guess that’s close enough.  :thumb:

Shakeydeal

Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #14 on: 2 Aug 2019, 11:53 am »
Clear or the lighter color wood....
I’ll be posting pictures and a detailed review!
Can’t wait!
Cheers.

That is the finish I told Clayton for mine too. But I'm having second thoughts. It almost looks too "faux" in the pictures. Maybe it will look much better in person. Please report what you think, I may end up getting mine sprayed.

Shakey


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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #15 on: 2 Aug 2019, 12:47 pm »
Photos and first impressions ASAP please! :popcorn:

I'm leaning towards the X5 strictly due to budget. Curious on the finish options you guys mentioned. Are there stain color choices available? The first production model appears to be natural or clear. Are darker finishes available?

Shakeydeal

Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #16 on: 2 Aug 2019, 01:00 pm »
Clayton sent me these pics, I don't think he would mind me sharing.

This is the lighter finish



This is the darker






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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #17 on: 2 Aug 2019, 01:07 pm »
Clayton sent me these pics, I don't think he would mind me sharing.

This is the lighter finish



This is the darker




FREAKING beauty! Man, both look amazing!

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #18 on: 2 Aug 2019, 02:19 pm »
Thanks Shakey, I'm digging that darker finish.

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Re: Soon to be X-3 owner
« Reply #19 on: 2 Aug 2019, 04:19 pm »
Thanks Shakey, Like em both. Is that the Sapele or Zebrano wood ? I am ready to jump in on the M5 s's. There are several choices of wood and finish I am down to the Sapepe or Zebrano. What power you using for the X-3's?