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Bob....I had the opportunity to hear the Spirit 1 speakers yesterday at Evan's home...nice work !! They looked good....and "sounded" even better. I hope others partake in this audition tour...their well worth hearing. Good luck with the tour.... Chris
Chris, Can you expand on ""sounded even better"? What did you like about them?
Ted...Had my Mini's at Evan's to compare with the Spirit 1's.....both had a very similar sound, but I thought the new Spirit bass went a little lower than the Mini's.I don't want to "spoil" Evan's review...so I'll stop now and wait for his comments.
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Hi guysI just received from Aether Audio their new Spirit 1 speakers and just want to give a quick impression compared to my Songtowers. I will give a more detailed review later this week.These speakers can go low, like Bob had posted on AC.They totally disappear in my room. I also like the way snare drums and cymbals sound on these but compared to the Songtowers they are missing something in the Vocal area. The vocals seem to be faint ?? I know these are only a 2 way speaker so some may say that is the reason and the Songtowers do excel in the midrange dept. Piano is like WOW. I guess you could call it the attack and decay ? I am listening to Kenny Drew "Impressions ". I will throw more music at them later. I will also say that they are power hungry . I am using an Odyssey Candela preamp and a Butler TDB 2250 amplifier and my normal listening level for my volume knob is about 9-10:00 and these I have it about 12:00 or a little higher. These things are very heavy around 45lbs each. The cabinet seems to be well built and solid. I think the color is a dark cherry.So far I am pretty impressed with what this speaker can do for its size. Now if I can only get that bass from my Songtowers.More listening impressions to follow after I am done with the house chores since my wife fractured her leg last week Duh!
First one to demo them for his tour. I'm actually getting adjusted to the sound. Listening to Sara K. Very good imaging. Must resist.
I've been listening all day and I have to say I am enjoying these speakers immensely. They are very tranquil . They reproduce music very well even at low volumes.I guess my earlier observation of differnt volume settings were a mistake ? I can't believe that these go so low ,I feel like I am rediscovering music again in a different way.
Just a final summary of everything I have heard from the Spirit 1Well the time has come. I have not listened to my stereo all week and when I turned it on I was heartbroken. I knew something was missing. The Spirit 1's. Then I remembered Lonewolfe lent me his TP Mini's ,so I hooked them up and VIOLA . The sound that was missing. Almost, except for the bass.The Spirit1 goes much lower. The Spirit 1's were gone and this was the only way to experience them again. The Spirit 1's have a very natural "you are there" sound to me. I keep emphasizing the bass only because they go low and bring out the lower registers in my music and add such a great deal of dimension. The imaging is superb, the best I have heard in my room yet. Cymbals are so real sounding that I get chills up and down my spine. I can raise the volume and the music is clear and precise and no distortion,effortless. Every instrument is separated from each other superbly. I never thought I would be so GA GA over a monitor , but I am. And you know what is going to happen now ?Thanks to Bob Smith of Aether Audio for the demo and for making one of his designs easier on the wallet. And only because of no custom cabinet. Otherwise I think these would cost more than the Mini's.Here is a list of associated equipmentOdyssey CandelaButler TDB-2250marantz SA15S1Salk Songtowers
I was just reading the posts on these and it seems it might be what I'm looking for, but no one seems to be posting impressions ? I thougt this was a tour ? Need to upgrade from my Baby Advents.
So far I am pretty impressed with what this speaker can do for its size. Now if I can only get that bass from my Songtowers.
I'm listening to Bill Frisell "East meets West". I swear I am in the audience. on the first track "I heard it through the gravevine " the soundstage is so huge. The guitars sound like there coming over the halls sound system with a little reverb from up above with the drums dead center in the back behind the speakers. Wow. These speakers have such a realistic presentation.
I never thought I would like a monitor. In my mind I always felt that they couldn't sound like much
I have then spaced about 8 ft apart with a slight toe in. and about 10 ft away from me. And yes these guys love power.
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