How to double the cost of an SS 9.5

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DEP14

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Re: How to double the cost of an SS 9.5
« Reply #20 on: 13 Jun 2020, 12:06 am »
I've heard them... as I was visiting Jim and Mary today to pick up my new speakers.

I had seen them (look incredible), now I've heard them (but only vs a RAAL) and a very short demo.

They are very good, just an excellent speaker.

Diamond tweeters are very nice, I would say if you are looking for that ultimate nth degree of detail (though it's smooth like all Jim's designs).


jsalk

Re: How to double the cost of an SS 9.5
« Reply #21 on: 15 Jun 2020, 05:49 pm »
Mozel Tov!

Are you accepting visitors into the shop? I'd like to stop by  :D

Glenn

You are welcome.  Just give us a call.

- Jim

jsalk

Re: How to double the cost of an SS 9.5
« Reply #22 on: 15 Jun 2020, 05:52 pm »
I would be interested in trying the Gaia footers on my 9.5. Can you tell me how the stock cones are threaded?
Thanks!

They are 3/8-16

- Jim

jsalk

Re: How to double the cost of an SS 9.5
« Reply #23 on: 15 Jun 2020, 05:59 pm »
Jim, can you provide an update on these speakers?  How would you compare the Seas diamond tweeter to the SB Acoustics Beryllium and to the Raal ribbon tweeter?  Thanks for your input!

Sorry for the delayed response.  We've been quite busy here lately trying to recover from lost covid time.

This is a difficult question to answer.

The diamond tweeters are about as close to "no tweeter" I have heard.  They are very open, detailed and transparent.  If you close your eyes, you can almost reach out and touch the performers.

That said, you could almost say the same thing about the Be and RAAL tweeters as well.

I think the differences are incremental.  And all three are fabulous drivers. 

If you have low ceilings and/or hard flooring, the RAAL might be more applicable since less energy is directed above and below the tweeter (more limited vertical dispersion).  Off-axis response may be a bit better with the Be and diamond tweeters, but not by much.

The bottom line is that you can't really go wrong with any of these tweeters.  Each is probably the best in its category.  I would gladly use any one of them without a second thought.

I hope this helps.

- Jim

DEP14

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Re: How to double the cost of an SS 9.5
« Reply #24 on: 16 Jun 2020, 12:14 am »
So, they are crazy expensive (the diamond tweeters).

The only Diamond tweeters I've heard otherwise are the last few B+W D series.  Personally I really don't care for the B+W D series.

The 9.5's with the diamond tweeters don't sound like that.  They have the detail, hit the highs but true to Jim's designs - they are not bright or edgy at all. 

But, I also don't like many Be tweeter speakers, but every one of Jim's I've heard - detail without the edge.  The stock SS9.5's - outstanding.

If you must have a Diamond tweeter, then you likely should have Jim voice it (unless of course you like the B+W sound, which it's all personal preference).

I'm just partial to the Raal/Accuton combo.



« Last Edit: 16 Jun 2020, 03:42 am by DEP14 »

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Re: How to double the cost of an SS 9.5
« Reply #25 on: 16 Jun 2020, 03:39 am »
Sorry for the delayed response.  We've been quite busy here lately trying to recover from lost covid time.

This is a difficult question to answer.

The diamond tweeters are about as close to "no tweeter" I have heard.  They are very open, detailed and transparent.  If you close your eyes, you can almost reach out and touch the performers.

That said, you could almost say the same thing about the Be and RAAL tweeters as well.

I think the differences are incremental.  And all three are fabulous drivers. 

If you have low ceilings and/or hard flooring, the RAAL might be more applicable since less energy is directed above and below the tweeter (more limited vertical dispersion).  Off-axis response may be a bit better with the Be and diamond tweeters, but not by much.

The bottom line is that you can't really go wrong with any of these tweeters.  Each is probably the best in its category.  I would gladly use any one of them without a second thought.

I hope this helps.

- Jim
Jim,
Thanks for your insight. That really helps when I upgrade next, hopefully soon.
What I really like most about Jim's speakers are they keep on getting better with every upgrade I have done. Be it DAC, Power cord, Interconnects.
And that makes me wonder how will the next upgrade to Jim's speakers sound like!!!