Single driver, interesting. I read two reviews where owners of Totem Forests replaced them with Carbon 7's, and said they were more open with better defined bass. They didn't go quite as low as the Forest but said the over all presentation was better. Now, I own Totem Sttaf's and to say the Carbon 7 out performs the Forest it quite a statement. I think I would like to hear these speakers one day.
Me too, although I think they may be a little to inefficient for my little 30W amp. I see he's changed his website a lot since I've visited last, and I no longer see single driver offerings. Maybe he no longer makes them.
Yeah, you might need a little more grunt than that. Don't know if you read this one or not it's a very detailed review from a guy who demoed them in his house side by side with Totem Forest, ProAc Response 1.5, Usher X-719, Harbeth Hlp3-Es2, BMW 805's. I'm really intrigued with these speakers.
Give him a call a have a chat about them. If you have questions, there's nothing like talkin' to the man himself. There is only a few ways for you to satisfy your curiosity. Call him up and see if anyone in your area already owns a pair, travel south of the border to do a demo, or order a pair and take the risk that you don't like them and need to eat the shipping costs to send them back.
Is there something specific you're not diggin' about your current speakers ?
He never got around to the Harbeth's. To compete with the other speakers he was looking at he would have been better off choosing the Compact 7. The P3's are a mini monitor and the best I've ever heard.
Chris, I gave him a call and had a very educational chat. A great guy to talk to as well. When I'm ready I'll have to order and demo at home, which is ideal anyway. I've also been looking at Salk Sound speakers. These look very impressive as well but much more $$, double the $$ for a similar performing speaker. Mind you Jim Salk is a master cabinet maker, very few speakers look as nice imo. As far as why I'm looking for new speakers, I like the Sttafs but would like more of a full range speaker. I'm also going to upgrade the Rega Mira 3. I think separates are in order this time.
Art, I think the compact 7 would have been a better comparison as well.
There is something to be said for being able to pick up the phone and talk to the guy that designed, built, markets, and supports a product you own or are thinking of purchasing. I've never been disappointed in the pre or post sales support I have received from these types of organizations......and I've done business with a few. Red Wine Audio (Vinnie), Channel Islands Audio (Dusty), Vista Audio (Boris), and Ascend Acoustics (Dave). Great guys to talk to and do business with.
Are you sure the 7's will be truly more "full range" than the Sttafs ? The specs aren't that much different.
Chris, from everything I've read, and after talking with Fritz, yes they should be more full range with a superior sound stage as well. I find with the Sttafs, regardless of location, I don't get much depth to the sound stage at all. The people who have demoed them side by side with the Forests prefer them over the Forests. They also mention bottom end is not far off the Forest either. Anyway I need to see, or more appropriately, listen for myself. When I do I will post the results.
The Gallo fever has spread to a few more guys here, all used items. If I had not been a dufus, I would have made the Mani 2's work properly with the Classe gear, but I messed with the setup and went down this path, which is now fine, after $$$. sigh
Steve, I replaced a pair of B&W 603 S3's. I have a 24" pair of Target MR stands. If you visit Fritz's web site the second pair (walnut are my mine). I met Fritz at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last month. Nice guy to talk to. Chris, I drive the carbon 7's with a Prima Luna prologue 2 and use a Musical Fidelity A-5 cd player.As far as their strengths I would say nice balance, nice soundstage and just alot of fun to listen to. They have a rich sound. I really like the sound of accoustic guitar on them. Without a doubt a real bargain.
A long, long time ago, in galaxy far, far away, I was talking to a neighbor about a pair of speakers my grandfather had given me. I made a point of calling them one-way or single driver speakers. There was no way I was calling them "full range". They were 8" drivers with wizzer cones! Anyone remember wizzer cones? The neighbor asked me to bring them over. We went into his shop and he connected them to a receiver he had there and made sure the tone controls were flat. The sound was mediocre at 1KHz and deteriorated as it moved away from there. He then pulled the jumpers from pre-amp to power amp and ran the signal through an electronic crossover. He filtered everything below 120 Hz out. The speakers now sounded way better than they had, still not great, but noticeably better. He then ran a line to a subwoofer and turned the level up in the ball park of where it should be. I couldn't believe they were the same speakers. Single drivers have come a long way since then, so the idea that they compete with 2 & 3 way spkrs doesn't surprise me.
I heard the Carbon 7's at the 2009 RMAF i will say they were in my top 6 or 8 monitors that i heard,along with the Joseph Pulsar,John Blue jb3,LSA Statements,the little 5 inch monitors in the Monarchy room that was playing 40 htz japaneese drums, a pair Chinesse speakers in the Grant Fidelity room,and the Omega 6 inch monitors.....