Re: Studio Speech and Harbeths
- Probably my last gasp for a while. I hope it doesn't sound
precocious on my part to say, that single instrument tracks and
speech etc presumably only form part of loudspeaker music tests. It
was sometimes said by reviewers of say Ralph West's generation, that
speakers can sound OK on single instruments and small scale stuff,
but all may not be so good when the going gets rough and the music
complicated, with many instruments playing at once.
I had some experience earlier this year, when trying out 11ohm LS3/5a
V1s and M30s for a day's session at a friend's house, with a largish
nicely proportioned listening room. He has Musical Fidelity MC2s
which together with the MC4s, had rave reviews 20yrs ago, but soon
disappeared off the scene, maybe because they used Audax drive units -
went out of business I think. They have always sounded fair -
extended non boomy bass - on a casual listening, but this session was
an eye opener. We'd both just heard Scheherazade at a concert the
previous evening and we started off with my friend's Beecham
recording (the one that has been talked about here before and agree
sounds very good).
The MC2s seemed a bit ponderous and also laid back to me, though I
kept quiet. The 3/5s were the opposite of course, but also held on
to the detail quite a lot more - but they had difficulty in coping
with a room this size, sounding a bit shouty on the loud stuff. The
M30s, not quite so forward, really excelled if you forgive the pun,
dealing with the loud complicated bits easily and cleanly when the
MC2s really seem to lose grip of any detail at times - even my friend
agreed. Also things could be heard in quiet bits on the M30s that
were sometimes there with the 3/5s, but more often missing on the
MC2s - but those speakers are 20 years old and maybe they've aged.
They use early metal dome tweeters so maybe this is a factor too, but
the reviews did comment on their good clean treble. Maybe I'll
include some response plots (which I remember looked good) in a few
My friend's wife likes the laid back sound of the MC2s though and
they probably are good for casual listening, whereas the M30s and
3/5s do force you to listen - but if you want to listen to music,
they are much more involving. My friend, knowing that he's due for a
speaker upgrade, hung on to the 3/5s for a while and said that they
made everything sound more interesting, but he needs bigger speakers
there. He's showing interest in the C7-3s following the recent HFN
review, and they probably are slightly less intense than the M30s so
lets hope they appear in some UK shops and he can try them.
- Hi Guys
Decide for yourselves if it is biased, BBC News 24 is streamed live, watch
it for a while http://news.bbc.co.uk/.
As to the organisation's liberal leanings I guess there are plenty of lovies
in there who tend to be that way but imagine the fracas if people were asked
to disclose their political leanings in a job interview.
There have been some real cock-ups lately in my view due to two factors:
1) Out-sourcing a lot of content production because it is cheaper.
Remember, it was a content providing company that messed up the interview
with the Queen.
2) As a rule the personality profile of lovies makes them poor managers.
The above has me painting with a very broad brush without much evidence but
I believe it's along the right lines.
Finally, few privatisations of national institutions really succeed
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Ted Rook
Sent: 11 October 2007 01:41
Subject: Re: [regsaudioforum] Re: Studio Speech and Harbeths
Well, it seems our biases are showing. I regard The Guardian as slightly
left leaning, or at least it used to be, and the Daily Mail to be right
leaning and associated strongly with Conservative/Tory party politics.
On 10 Oct 2007 at 14:49, Sethian1 wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ted Rook" <rooknrol@...>
> wrote:"Yes I noticed...that the conclusion is always the
> same..."something terrible is about to happen and you need to buy my
> book to find out about it!"
> If you were to read her some more, Ted,you would discover that she has
> been saying for years that somethings terrible have happened and more
> are in the process of happening. Her book--Londonistan, BTW, is
> fascinating and Amazon's reviewers have given it top marks.
> Unfortunately, The Guardian, the far-left British paper, gave it an ad
> hominem-back-of-the-hand slap instead of a professional review.
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