This is my first post on AudioCircle.
At 67 years old, I have received an inheritance that allows me to buy a great system. Not crazy money, well under 6 figures, but enough to splurge a bit where necessary.
My previous system was Martin Logan reQuests with Atmasphere MA-1 amps - a deadly-accurate delightful combination.
However, I was always bothered by the imaging of the ML's. That wide curvilinear screen doesn't pinpoint the image very well. You have to toe them just right and sit at the exact right spot and then magic happens, but it is such a tight head-in-the-vise experience.
And then I moved into a house where I don't have the room needed for dipoles.
I was told by Ralph Karsten (Atmasphere's creator - I'm keeping those amps) that you should have 5 feet behind a dipole for the back wave to reflect at the proper time.
So, I need a different solution, as I don't have the feet.
I'm looking at planar ribbons with the back-wave vented into the cabinet.
Been thinking about planar line arrays, but they are far and few between - and mostly crazy expensive.
Selah Audio, Funk and Wisdom are the only makers that I could find - and they still cost 20K, give or take.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
Atma-sphere has upgraded my amps to the latest standard and retubed them. This was my starting point, as these amps are amazing!
They are a unique design WITHOUT an output transformer. That direct connect sound has to be heard to be believed.
Then I found a great deal on a Lyngdorf MP-60 surround preamp - with the famous "Room Perfect" room correction. Piece 2 in place.
I followed this with a purchase of a NOS California Audio Labs 2500 amp, which is 500 watts x 5 channels. Overkill, but I can also use it to bi-amp my front speakers.
Finally, I found some NOS BG Radia surround speakers and a used BG center channel. Both sound so good that I've got that planar bug bigtime.
And then I am playing with a self-made active crossover, using Audio Vera's Acourate software, so I can feed the result into some high-end DAC's instead of the cheapies built into existing crossovers.
Bottom line, I'm trying to get as close to perfection as I can get by spending carefully!
These are my old speakers in my old house, a log cabin. (New house is also a log cabin, too)