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  • Kairos 3-way vs Maximus 12lxe

    hi everyone
    im looking to build a pair of fullrange 3 way. having built Bagby Continuums, id like to build a 3 way by the same designer!

    what are the pro's and con's for the Kairos 3-way vs the Maximus 12lxe?

    thanks for your time!

  • #2
    I would say they are for different applications. The maximus 12 is for high efficiency home theatre (read loud) and the kairos for music. Both will probably sound fantastic in either application as Jeff is one of the best as you know.

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    • #3
      I think Jeff was trying to get a hifi experience with pro parts, despite diysoundgroup being known for HT products. It uses the Magnum 12 woofer which I recently tested and reviewed on youtube and it is very killer. I would want the Maximus myself, but the size difference is massive. Its more about what works in your space better for that reason.
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm2...oSKdB448TTVEnQ

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      • #4
        Originally posted by scottvalentin View Post
        I would say they are for different applications. The maximus 12 is for high efficiency home theatre (read loud) and the kairos for music. Both will probably sound fantastic in either application as Jeff is one of the best as you know.
        interesting, thanks

        So the Kairos 3 way would be definitely more refined over the maximus-12?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by youknowyou View Post
          interesting, thanks

          So the Kairos 3 way would be definitely more refined over the maximus-12?
          I think to Ryan's point above, I think size is the biggest factor to consider. Refined is probably hard to define. Both the Kairos and the Maximus will have very low distortion, very flat frequency response, and as you know, a crossover designed and voiced to the same standard as your continuums.

          So, that being said, the Maximus 12 uses a compression driver in a SEOS waveguide vs. a dome tweeter in the Kairos. These will be inherently different sounding for quite a few reasons. Both will be detailed, accurate, and top-notch performance on whatever scale you would measure by. The Maximus will definitely go louder at the expense of floor area. So, I think you should determine your size constraints and then judge your listening habits. If you never turn it up past 95db, then much of the potential of the Maximus is not used. It's probably good to 110db plus!

          But if I could do either, I would probably do the Maximus as I'm like 80/20 Home theatre vs. music use.

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