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  • djg
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    It's an MLTL actually.

  • djg
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    The four Jeff Bagby designs I've built all are very nice. The Continuums I just finished are truly superior sounding. He had some talent. A builder of a pair of Continuum IIs with a Morel tweeter said in my build thread that they were nicer sounding than his two pair of Continuums.

    So there's that.

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  • djg
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    AVSforum, go big or go home.

  • tvrgeek
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    Those are a 4 OHM speaker. I STRONGLY suggest not to drive them from an AVR if it is a class AB. The distortion can be 10 to 100 times worse. Physics. I do not know about new class D amps or if newer AVRs are using them. Some good, maybe ( I have not heard one I can stand). Most not. Not blowing up is only one spec for an amplifier.

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  • tvrgeek
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    Don't know the Morel drivers, but they are well respected. Spec sheet ( advertising) looks good and they have a big fan following. I consider a TL to be an obsolete hack job, but some still love them. Sale price that includes knock down cabs and shipping is quite a good deal.

    I ran phantom center for years in both my living room and HT. But in both cases, the mains were at ear height and within a couple of feet of the screen, room treatments so very good imaging. In my current HT, the mains have to be near the ceiling ( doors in the way) so a center was a must.

    "Laid back" You are now looking at real hi-fi so they should have very little character of their own. They should do as told. Nothing more, nothing less. The better a speaker is for music, the better it is for HT. Sound is sound.

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  • AudioSQ
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    Been trying the Amigas, they aren't as laid back as the Fusions, but in a good way. Vocal clarity isn't as good, but I'm running them with a phantom center and it hasn't been bad. All that to say I think I'd be ok with less efficient domes for HT use.. I think.

    This still leaves me favoring the Solstice, but my only concern is I've always thought the Fusions were a touch too laid back. Since it's the same designer I'm wondering if I'll feel the same about the Solstice or if the Fusions are extra laid back to avoid the association of horns being harsh.

    The wild card is still the 1099 as it will be an upgrade for HT use, and probably better for music over the Fusions, but not sure if it's really HiFi. I've just spend too much time over at that AVS.

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  • oldloder
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    I didn't realize the Travelers or Finalists had the open back mid like the Statements.

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  • oldloder
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    $1k is good coin. Did you see Erin's review?

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  • AudioSQ
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    I did look at the BMRs. They are an interesting option, but paying $1000.. I don't want to be one of the first. I would want some feedback from others. I am sure they will be an excellent speaker though.

    I've definitely been interested in the Statements, Anthologies... the Curt speakers, but I worry about the open back mid and getting far enough from the walls. My TV would also be right between then.

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  • invaderzim
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    Originally posted by AudioSQ View Post
    I haven't been to Zaph's site in almost a decade.. glad to see he's still rocking that 90s web design look.
    Based on his "goodbye" post in his blog on the site it looks like it has been even longer since he's been there. But it is really nice of him to keep the information there for us.



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  • oldloder
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    Occurs to me that with the BMR's midrange dispersion if there was ever a candidate for an LR tipped over with a grill for a center ....

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  • oldloder
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    There is also a Finalist center that would be voiced to work with Curt's other designs if bigger is okay.

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  • oldloder
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    I'm thinking since these are largely for TV/movies i would think a quality center channel would be a really good place to start. I thought of a Statements center that could go with Finalists or maybe even the Travelers as both are voiced by Curt. Honestly though, I'm intrigued with Dennis Murphy's BMR monitors. You mentioned his Er18MTM which have gotten really good press and the ER15 center would again be voiced by Dennis and still comes with a ribbon tweeter ... the BMR's sound pretty fantastic by their reviews. They do terrific with a wide range of music genres and also do well with movies. Since you have the subs already you don't need a floor stander. In a room that size you may not want to give up rhat much real estate or to placememnt. I've read Dennis recommends a foot of space to the rear wall, they are a 6 ohm load and though they are not very sensitve with 80 watts you are near 100db in a relatively small room. Sure a power upgrade would be good in the future but not a requirement ... and you a couple bills under the speaker budget. If you have the option for a verrtical.center you could do 3 and their dispersion seems so good anywhere in the HT would have great response.

    That said, if you can do a vertcial center Zaph's SR71 comes with multiple BSC options.with a center option too.

    I'm excited for you and look forward to your build!.

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  • AudioSQ
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    I think I'm leaning towards the Solstice. I may try just two and run them on zone 2 of the amp for music only. I have this fear that while they will certainly improve my music listening experience they may not work as well for movies. I'm not sure I can fit two sets of mains in the room though. Maybe I'll bring in my Amigas and try them in the game room to see how a less effeceint dome tweeter rig works in the space for movies.

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  • ugly woofer
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    I just realized you mentioned the TD version , haven't heard it, but I like their voicing, so I would not be afraid, that looks to be an incredible tweeter.

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