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I intended to quote a request for review, but just got the +1. This is for you Saturn. Let me know what tracks you would like me to compare, and I will be happy share my notes. In my mind this is the easiest/best way to provide you with useful information. Paul
At the price point you got stuck with that speaker at I wouldn't mourn the loss. Good deal for the consumer, but I never thought sustainable for you, even at $1300.
So I've got the reason for the demise of the KEF driver, why did the separately powered bass driver go the way of the dodo? I always thought that was the more groundbreaking innovation. (You can tell me to shut up any time, no offence)
And why the separately powered rear driver on the 2? Why not wire it in series with an on/off toggle a la Snell? (I should mention I love the rear firing tweeter design)
Lastly, for now, why the in between size? The question is 1/2 marketing question and 1/2 design question. I'm guessing larger cabinet for SPL as you didn't design a deeper bass extension? For marketing I'm thinking either extend the size to floorstander or integral stand? Thanks in advance for any answers or thoughts you'd be willing to share, and of course wishing the best of luck with the new model to one of the truly gracious gentlemen in high end audio.
Thanks for the great answers AJ. I can see how I was looking at the M2 as the evolution of the M1 when it's not, which makes much more sense to me. This is good news as I assume that means there will someday be another M1 variation, as your schedule permits. I suppose we'll just disagree on the rear tweeter. Although I understand the added flexibility, where I come from is owning Snell speakers with a rear supertweeter that has a toggle switch and I always left it on for every recording, from rock to classical. What we'll agree on is the added ambience of a rear firing tweeter, or other drivers a la 1812, opens up the sound so much that I can't imagine why more designers don't include it.There is a significant history of larger monitors in the marketplace, think Polk, B&W, JBL 4311 (had 'em), and even older Altecs and Tannoys. And there's plenty of stands that fit the M2. But there's a reason why zillions of bookshelf speakers are sold in the sizes popular today, and why Polk, B&W, JBL, Altec, and Tannoy don't offer those sizes anymore. Now of course your marketing model is much different from theirs and the distinction may be a clear advantage as exclusivity and pride of owning something that no one else has (relatively) is a strong suit for you. However the marketer in me says don't make it too hard or complex for the public, we think "Man, extra cables and amps, I gotta buy new stands, I dunno". So I would respectfully suggest in the future thinking about implementing the dedicated stands you mentioned (maybe as option or upgrade) and a more complete solution for the tweeter, possibly an inexpensive Chinese T amp with a little remote, they cost about $10-20 in reasonable lot sizes.And it goes without saying we know all of the products you bring to us are put together with limited time and I'm sure everything you want yourself doesn't always make it in. It's amazing what you do with that time as it is, the speakers are better than what full time engineers with corporate budgets do, I hope you'll take my suggestions as constructive.
Interesting points, my man. Seems to me that one of the features of Soundfield Audio up to this point has been something of a conscious disregard for a lot of the marketing calculations that normally go into building and branding audio gear, in favor of science-based implementation of available technology using utilitarian design principles- IOW 'get the best sound, with the least extraneous costs.' Now, for me, it was kind of a no brainer when the SAM1s were offered, because they offered these sound design principles without the magic audiophile markup (a la 'marine' equipment... go to a marine supply store and see how much a bag of screws cost ). And this is possible because, correct me if I'm wrong here, but AJ's prime motivation, even second motivation, is not the money, or being able to send his kids to college with the proceeds of his speaker sales. So, I don't know if I'm correct about this, but it seems to me that as long as AJ's making and selling this stuff, better get some of it, because it can't be a forever 'business' model.
I'm not charging at the door this year Jim, come on down. No, it means I'm still scrambling to get ready for LSAF. Tour might happen, though it's not priority #1. Or 2 right now.cheers,AJ
So how was LSAF? Hope it went well for you.
So I would respectfully suggest in the future thinking about implementing the dedicated stands you mentioned (maybe as option or upgrade) and a more complete solution for the tweeter, possibly an inexpensive Chinese T amp with a little remote, they cost about $10-20 in reasonable lot sizes.
What time is it? Time to start a Soundfield Audio Monitor 2 thread. Somebody please start a new thread.
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