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  • #31
    Originally posted by Wolf View Post
    I think the best commercial offering I've heard would be the Polymer Audio Research MKS-X:
    http://v2.stereotimes.com/utils/tiny...aded/axfm1.jpg
    https://www.stereophile.com/images/s...olymer-600.jpg

    Later,
    Wolf
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    • #32
      Originally posted by xmax View Post
      I spent some time with this wilson system up in the Rockies, they were good but not as good as the first time I heard Wilson 20 years ago
      (because they blew my [email protected] mind back then!
      There are a couple of bucks in that system

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Wolf View Post
        I think the best commercial offering I've heard would be the Polymer Audio Research MKS-X:
        http://v2.stereotimes.com/utils/tiny...aded/axfm1.jpg
        https://www.stereophile.com/images/s...olymer-600.jpg

        Later,
        Wolf
        What made this speakers great? What quality did they possess to get your vote?

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        • #34
          Originally posted by stephenmarklay View Post

          What made this speakers great? What quality did they possess to get your vote?
          They do nothing wrong and everything thing right. Just a great sounding speaker. Soundstage and imaging really great. Tight tactile bass. Very impressive speaker.
          craigk

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          • #35
            Originally posted by craigk View Post

            They do nothing wrong and everything thing right. Just a great sounding speaker. Soundstage and imaging really great. Tight tactile bass. Very impressive speaker.
            ​Craig do you know what drivers they use or do they manuf. their own?

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            • #36
              Pete, Vapor definitely has its own design style on the cabs. I think I could identify Vapor at a show without seeing a logo. How much of the cab shape/design play
              ​into the overall Vapor sound vs. just a great looking cabinet that stands out in a field of boxes?

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Squidspeak View Post

                ​Craig do you know what drivers they use or do they manuf. their own?
                They build them, so they are unobtainium.
                craigk

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by mattk View Post
                  I heard a pair of electrostatics late 77, early 78, which means they were not Martin Logans. I guess they could have been planars like Magnepans, but I'm pretty sure they were electrostatics. I only remember hearing them and asking where the grand piano was.

                  What did they look like?

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                  • #39
                    These are the best I've heard...Legacy Aeris. Solid state on the lows, all tube from mid-bass on up. Mucho cone area....

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by craigk View Post

                      They build them, so they are unobtainium.
                      WOW! if these guys would make the MKS-X speaker active, they have exactly the same philosophy as I do for speaker design. But!!! why I diy, even at dealer cost I can build my 7 floor channels for the same price as one pair. And my entire Surround system for the retail price of the speakers. A little DIY love.

                      Why I posted: They look just like Accuton and Skaaning for the top 3 drivers, I am sure they may have them built to their parameters but their description on the website is generally what Accuton and Skaaning call their drivers. Soundstage review confirmed my original hunch.

                      For 10 years I have hoped to build a system like these... so I can imagine these are very good, but I wanted to have a Shootout between custom Seas magnesium and Skaaning mid woofers.to pair with the Cell (now) or Diamond drivers.

                      So I add Polymer Research to my shortlist of manufacturers I would buy. Where are my lottery tickets?
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                      • #41
                        These are some seriously unreal systems.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by skatz View Post


                          What did they look like?
                          They were tall, so more like MLs than Quads. I heard them in a high-end audio shop in Berkeley, or maybe SF while I was visiting friends in the bay area. Looking online, they were a lot like Sound-Lab's offerings, but again, those weren't available until 78, and I saw these between semesters 77-78.
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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Squidspeak View Post
                            Pete, Vapor definitely has its own design style on the cabs. I think I could identify Vapor at a show without seeing a logo. How much of the cab shape/design play
                            ​into the overall Vapor sound vs. just a great looking cabinet that stands out in a field of boxes?
                            While people listen with their ears, they buy with their eyes. Never hurts to make a nice looking, unique cabinet. But shape does affect diffraction which does have an impact on imaging and staging. A very dead cabinet is also a plus. You only want the drivers to do the talking. The less the cabinet contributes via resonances and sound transmission through the walls also helps them disappear with only the performers floating in the air around the room.
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Squidspeak View Post

                              ​Craig do you know what drivers they use or do they manuf. their own?
                              I'm not Craig, but they use the Accuton diamond mid and tweeter, the Audio Tech 5" mid, and a pair of Audio Tech 7" woofers. The newer version uses Illuminator woofers.

                              Later,
                              Wolf
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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Wolf View Post

                                I'm not Craig, but they use the Accuton diamond mid and tweeter, the Audio Tech 5" mid, and a pair of Audio Tech 7" woofers. The newer version uses Illuminator woofers.

                                Later,
                                Wolf

                                Correct, these are the companies that are building the drivers for Polymer, but they are specifically made for Polymer. You can go buy the Accutons or Scans and build these speakers.
                                craigk

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