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    New TAD bookshelf 3-way. https://www.stereophile.com/content/...ne-loudspeaker. micro at a macro price.

    If you can afford that, what do you purchase as a floorstanding speaker?

  • #2
    Ugly as sin, but measures up.
    Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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    • #3
      $12,495 damn. I guess I'd do a pair of B&W 804's. Or I could DIY clone some Tidals.

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      • #4
        And then Magico bring out a 3 way floorstander for under 10k.. boom

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        • #5
          Originally posted by johnnyrichards View Post
          Ugly as sin, but measures up.
          He he, yeah.... it's attractive from the side view... the same way Tupperware is attractive.
          I guess it is different, though.

          TomZ
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          *Part 2 *Gluing multiple curved laminations of HDF

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          • #6
            I don't know what you think is so ugly about them...
            Wolf
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            • #7
              For me, the overall speaker design isn't necessarily bad, the front view is okay enough... but the sides look like sheets of cheap textured ABS plastic screwed on as an afterthought.

              If you're selling bookshelf speakers for the price of a new Nissan car, it really ought to be extraordinary in sound and sight in my opinion. I think most of the guys on this forum could have done something much nicer with the sides regardless of price.

              TomZ
              Zarbo Audio Projects Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEZ...aFQSTl6NdOwgxQ * 320-641 Amp Review Youtube: https://youtu.be/ugjfcI5p6m0 *Veneering curves, seams, using heat-lock iron on method *Trimming veneer & tips *Curved Sides glue-up video
              *Part 2 *Gluing multiple curved laminations of HDF

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wolf View Post
                I don't know what you think is so ugly about them...
                Wolf
                Well, other than the amateurish roundoverswith the clumsy meeting of side to top, the cheap looking side panels with exposed bolts, and the obnoxious trim ring on the TM module? They looking like a cheap White Van speaker.
                Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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                • #9
                  Performs well, but you should be able to acheive that level of performance with one less zero on the price tag. You're paying quite the premium for the emblem on the front.
                  I'm not deaf, I'm just not listening!

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                  • #10
                    They look like detachable speakers from an 80s boombox.

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                    • #11
                      Okay- the trim ring- meh. It is also on the Reference models, so maybe it's a translatable finish emblem of sorts. I agree it seems a bit out of place and should likely just be black.

                      Amateurish roundovers? I don't find them to be that bad looking. I don't mind the look of exposed bolts either as that can lend to a fit/finish look. The side panels might be cheap, but aren't our professional looking store-bought ports cheap as well? It is a port after all...

                      Should they be that expensive? Likely not. The tweeter is Be, the mid is magnesium, and the woofer is dual-layer aramid fiber. The drivers should be no slouch. I have to add that I think the transition of the mid to tweeter appears to be well done on these.

                      I will also say that I heard the Reference stand mounts a few years back, and was kinda disappointed. I felt the xover could have been better, but the associated equipment and the room could have jaded the results heavily.

                      Later,
                      Wolf
                      "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
                      "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
                      "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
                      "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

                      *InDIYana event website*

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                      My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
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                      • #12
                        Seems incredibly overpriced, but I’d like to hear it. Seems to carry on from the designs when Jones was there. I tend to enjoy anythingthing he has his fingers on. A while back I listened to the inexpensive Elac coax 3-way and found it quite good for the price.

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