Acoustat, Eminent Technology, GT Audio, Janszen, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews

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SteveFord

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Acoustat 2+2
 Stereophile, March 1984
http://www.stereophile.com/category/floor-loudspeaker-reviews?page=3
 Tone Audio, No 6, 2006 pg 15
http://www.tonepublications.com/MAGPDF/TA_006.pdf

Acoustat Factory Tour
  http://www.audiocircuit.com/Home-Audio/Acoustat/Article:Acoustat-factory-photo-tour

Acoustat Spectra 11
  Stereophile, August 2014
http://www.stereophile.com/content/acoustat-spectra-11-loudspeaker

Acoustat Spectra 1100
  Stereophile, September 2014
http://www.stereophile.com/content/acoustat-spectra-1100-loudspeaker

Eminent Technology
  Manufacturer's Website
http://www.eminent-tech.com/

Bruce Thigpen Interview
 AV Enthusiast, Aug 2008
http://aventhusiast.com/audio/interviews/av-enthusiast-interview-bruce-thigpen-of-eminent-technology

Eminent Technology LFT-VIII
The Audio Observatory, Vols 3 & 4
http://www.eminent-tech.com/TAOreview.html
 Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, March 1997
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_4_1/eminent.html
 The Sensible Sound, date unknown
http://www.eminent-tech.com/SensibleSoundReview.html
 Stereophile, April 1987
http://stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/eminent_technology_lft-iii_loudspeaker/
 Stereophile, Feb 1993
http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/308et/

Eminent Technology LFT-VIIIAs, Stacked
 Positive Feedback, Vol V, No V
http://www.eminent-tech.com/stacked8review.html

Eminent Technology LFT-VIIIB
 The Absolute Sound, April 2014
http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/eminent-technology-lft-8b-loudspeaker/

Eminenet Technology ]LFT-16
 Bound For Sound, #171
http://www.eminent-tech.com/boundforsoundlft16review.html
 Stereophile, October 2008
http://www.stereophile.com/standloudspeakers/1208et/

GT Audio Works
  Manufacturer's Website
http://www.gtaudioworks.com/

 2015 Capitol Audio Fest Reviews
http://www.enjoythemusic.com/Capital_Audiofest_2015/Part1a.htm
http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/home-theater-audio-video-news/130625-2015-capital-audiofest-best-show.html

JansZen
 Manufacturer's Website
http://www.janszenloudspeaker.com/
JansZen zA2.1
  The Absolute Sound, Dec 2013
http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/janszen-za21-loudspeaker/
 Positive Feedback, July/Aug 2013
http://positive-feedback.com/Issue68/janszen.htm


King Sound
  Manufacturer's Website
http://www.kingsaudio.com.hk/index.html
 Best of Show, Axpona 2013, Enjoy the Music
http://enjoythemusic.com/axpona_2013/friday/

King Sound Prince II
 The Absolute Sound, February 2011
http://www.avguide.com/review/king-s-audio-prince-ii-electrostatic-speakers-tas-210
 Audio, August 2010
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A//www.magazine-audio.com/2010/the-prince-ll-by-king-sound/&sl=fr&tl=en

  Dagogo, Sept 2009
http://dagogo.com/king-sound-the-king-panel-speaker-review
 The Stereo TImes, August 2007
http://www.stereotimes.com/speak080807.shtml

Sound Lab
  Manufacturer's Website
http://www.soundlab-speakers.com/

A-1
  Stereophile, July 2013
http://www.stereophile.com/content/sound-lab-1-electrostatic-loudspeaker

A3
  Stereophile, Sept 1986
http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/893/index.html
  Stereophile, June 1988
http://www.stereophile.com/content/sound-lab-3-loudspeaker-j-gordon-holt-june-1988
  Stereophile, Nov 1988
http://www.stereophile.com/content/sound-lab-3-loudspeaker-j-gordon-holt-november-1988
  Stereophile, Jan 1992
http://www.stereophile.com/content/sound-lab-3-loudspeaker-j-gordon-holt-january-1992

Dynastat 
  The Sensible Sound, Jan/Feb 2004
http://www.pettinaudio.com/Dynastat_files/Published%20Review%20of%20the%20Dynastat.pdf

Millennium 1
  The Absolute Sound, Feb/March 2000
http://www.soundlab-speakers.com/m1_review.pdf

Sound Lab Overview 
  Essential Audio, Vendor
http://www.essentialaudio.com/lit/SL_paper.pdf
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audiobat

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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #1 on: 16 Nov 2011, 06:35 pm »
The King Sound speakers are quite nice electrostats, the Prince 2's at $6000 are a killer speaker, IMHO.


jimdgoulding

Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #3 on: 2 Dec 2011, 10:31 am »
Thank you, Steve, for the topic and the work it took to make.  Old Acoustat owner here.  Three's.  Miss em.

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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #4 on: 3 Mar 2012, 06:42 am »
Steve,

I have a pair of Acoustat Model 4s, with one model 121-2 that will not stay lit.  Do you know of a source for the schematics? 

Does anyone in the Planar circle have a source?

Thanks,

Bob

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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #5 on: 3 Mar 2012, 09:46 am »
Is this what you're after?
http://www.izzy-wizzy.com/audio/acoustat.pdf

If not, this would probably be the best place to find what you're looking for:

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/planars-exotics/183168-acoustat-answer-man-here-19.html

although it may be in the form of someone helping you to diagnose and repair the problem. 

fmrnykr

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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #6 on: 4 Mar 2012, 05:44 am »
Steve,

This is a great start.  I most certainly will enlist the aid of someone far more qualified than I.  The 4s have a bad habit of retaining serious juice for a long time.

Thanks,

Bob

MrAcoustat

Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #7 on: 2 Jul 2012, 02:27 pm »
There are many good stats out there BUT for me this is one of the best dollar for dollar and most IMPORTANT they are reliable yes Acoustat's these are my 1984 1+1s modified by Jocelyn Jeanson Quebec Canada 14x94x3 - - - - - 200 pounds and a picture of me with Jocelyn's one of a kind modified Spectra 8800 = 43x102x10 - - - - - 800 pounds both are all steel metal frames, more pictures in my Flickr photo galery. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mracoustat/





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MrAcoustat

Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #8 on: 2 Jul 2012, 02:37 pm »
Steve,

I have a pair of Acoustat Model 4s, with one model 121-2 that will not stay lit.  Do you know of a source for the schematics? 

Does anyone in the Planar circle have a source?

Thanks,

Bob

Hi Bob i don't know if you have found what you're looking for but here is a link to everything there is to know on Acoustat's if you need more specific information you can email me at mracoustat@videotron.ca and i will direct you to my friend Jocelyn.

http://www.audiocircuit.com/Home-Audio/Acoustat

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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #9 on: 2 Jul 2012, 09:13 pm »
That picture of you made me laugh thinking about how dangerous those would be in an earthquake! 
Thanks for posting that.

OzarkTom

Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #10 on: 6 Jul 2012, 11:08 am »
There are many good stats out there BUT for me this is one of the best dollar for dollar and most IMPORTANT they are reliable yes Acoustat's these are my 1984 1+1s modified by Jocelyn Jeanson Quebec Canada and a picture of me with Jocelyn's modified Spectra 6600.





Now find you a pair of the Acoustat DD tube amps, and you will be in audio heaven. :thumb:

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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #11 on: 6 Jul 2012, 08:31 pm »
Mr. Acoustat,

Thanks for the All about Acoustat link.  The next step is the repair phase.

Bob

OzarkTom

Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #12 on: 8 Jul 2012, 01:53 am »
Acoustat factory photo tour, or how they use to make the Acoustats.

http://www.audiocircuit.com/Home-Audio/Acoustat/Article:Acoustat-factory-photo-tour

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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #13 on: 7 Jan 2014, 12:58 pm »
For those who consider JansZen speakers a worthy entry to this thread, here are two recent reviews.

Robert Greene for the absolute sound
http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/janszen-za21-loudspeaker/

Hugh Mandeson for the audio voice
http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/janszen-za21-loudspeaker/
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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #14 on: 10 Jan 2014, 08:59 pm »
A small blurb from Robert Harley about the mighty Sound Lab in this month's TAS from the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest highlights:

It's a rare treat to hear the Sound Lab A-1 full range electrostatic - one of the greatest loudspeakers ever made.
MSB Technology had a pair driven by their entry-level analog DAC with wonderful results.
This system had a startling tangibility with the massive panels completely disappearing in the tiny hotel room.


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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #15 on: 11 Jan 2014, 01:12 am »
I'd like to see a review of Essence Electrostats.  At least on paper they do everything right, and for a lot less $$ than everybody else.   

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Re: Acoustat, Eminent Technology, King Sound, Sound Lab Reviews
« Reply #16 on: 13 Jan 2014, 06:16 pm »
I've never heard of the Essence speakers so I went to their website.  They are very, very nice looking and as full range panels have the potential to be special.

With a bottom reach of 48Hz +-3dB that doesn't really ring as full range for me however.  Most people will need augmentation with a subwoofer (their web site says as much) and now you've got a hybrid design, with the added cost of a quality SW or two, with integration up to the skills of the buyer, and that now levels the playing field.  It would be great if full range could be had at $4-6k, but truly full range stats cost way more and get you into those room dominating big panels.

It took the industry awhile to offer a couple really good hybrid ESLs (JansZen zA2.1 & Martin Logan Montis) where the woofer integration was really seamless, bass reach is flat to 30Hz, and could be had under $10k.  Earlier hybrids, especially from ML, had some integration issues IMO.  I have the JansZens so I'm biased for those.

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Steve, I just noticed that you adjusted the subject line on this thread to include the JansZens along with a couple of useful links.  Thanks.  These are somewhat newer to the stat scene, but I think we will continue to see additional models from David in the future as well.

Scott

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I think so, too.
We could use some more major players in the planar field and I keep waiting for The Year of the Electrostatic Speaker. 
Maybe it will be 2014.
Hopefully, the prices will come down as the manufacturing volume goes up.

Brian Walsh

I hope no one has a problem with this post but thought some might be interested in a recent photo of the new demo room here which is nearing completion. The sound traps with enclosures are not in place yet.



We will be demonstrating Sound Lab speakers at the Axpona show here in the Chicago area in late April.