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post #46 of 67

Kingwa said once he felt the FBI was his "bang for the buck" to translate. I see an old email where his preference for monitor sound was Ref-1 to FBI via ACSS over Phoenix to C10 via XLR (since it doesn't use the ACSS connection). Something else to consider. If you're into the "warm" series, then the SA300 would be a good choice (this is probably what I'll do from the Phoenix).

post #47 of 67

The C10 and SA300 got upgraded several weeks ago with a quite big price hike. I am tempted to hurry up and sell the phoenix and get the FBI-500, but still I need good speakers :p anyone recommend used speakers under $1500? Or know what shipping method audio-gd might try to send speakers internationally?

post #48 of 67

Hey I just read the SA300 page again, and something caught my eye. Its sound is described as "extremely clear sense of space". That's something I always attributed to ACSS, even though I haven't tried diamond differential. That may be the main thing I am looking for.

 

Kingwa has described his diamond differential gear to add some  "orphean" distortion to pianos and violins, orphean meaning musical or enchanting. Maybe that's irrelevant since many of my recordings aren't so good quality anyways.


Edited by haloxt - 9/2/10 at 7:02am
post #49 of 67
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Or know what shipping method audio-gd might try to send speakers internationally?

 

Kingwa won't ship speakers out of China because no courrier will do it. There's a law against that and apparently the reason for it is economic. However, he can ship them to Hong Kong and from there it can be shipped to another country.


Edited by punk_guy182 - 9/2/10 at 7:16am
post #50 of 67

Economic??? Hmm I sent Kingwa an email asking if he could ship PARTS of the speakers while I buy the rest of the parts myself hehe. But I'll also ask him about shipping to HK then to here, thanks!

post #51 of 67
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The C10 and SA300 got upgraded several weeks ago with a quite big price hike. I am tempted to hurry up and sell the phoenix and get the FBI-500, but still I need good speakers :p anyone recommend used speakers under $1500? Or know what shipping method audio-gd might try to send speakers internationally?


these arent less than 1500, but they arent that much higher.

 

http://www.salksound.com/songtower%20pricing.htm

 

those are supposed to be absolutely amazing for the money.

post #52 of 67

Looks like good speakers, I will take those into consideration.

 

Kingwa said he can ship everything internationally except the speaker's drivers, and that he can't ship it to Hong Kong then to the USA. If I do the first option all I have to do is get the drivers and solder myself.

 

Right now I am thinking about holding off on the speakers, maybe go for the full-size SP-3 speakers in the future, and figure out what to do with amp. If I sell my phoenix I would have more choices in amp or speakers :), but I am really liking the sound of my headphones especially SA5000 I got a week ago which has amazing air :(.


Edited by haloxt - 9/2/10 at 4:47pm
post #53 of 67

Please get his speakers, I would love to get some impressions. A local, well known speaker guy here in Chicago has his own line- what do you think?

http://www.vanlspeakerworks.com/quartet.html - these are pricey though and don't seem largely better than Kinga's offerings given the spec's.


Edited by tim3320070 - 9/3/10 at 5:55pm
post #54 of 67

Those speakers look really nice :p too bad they are above my budget.

 

Kingwa's SP-3 and SP-9 use scanspeak 8545 and Eton 25SD1.

 

The bookshelf SP-5 I want uses SEAS H1189 and SEAS H1216, which are drivers that cost ~3x less than in the above two speakers. I am still waiting for Kingwa to give me a price quote of the bookshelf speaker without drivers, then decide if I should get the bookshelf one or the SP-3. I prefer small speakers but if he says the SP-3 is much better sounding I may have to switch.

post #55 of 67

I got quoted under $500 for the SP-5 speakers without drivers, acceptable price.... then $270 EMS shipping, but I guess that's about right considering the 25-26KG net weight. I asked if DHS is cheaper but still safe for speakers. If I can get over the price of the speakers, and considering I have to purchase 4 speaker drivers on top of that, I am going to try their 4S12 speaker cable too.

post #56 of 67

You can get the 4S12 pretty cheap from Markertek and terminate yourself for a lot less.

Let us know about the speakers.

post #57 of 67

I can find very little information about the 4S12, don't know how it compares to 4S11. The 4S11 is much more popular and easy/cheap to obtain. I may just go that way.

 

EDIT:

 

I think I am better off trying sonicwave 10 awg 8 ft speaker cables. Two pairs would cost me $88.31 shipped, quite cheaper than $150 for two pairs of 4S11 and I am very fond of the build quality of the sonicwave cables I have tried. And they come with all sorts of connectors :).

 

http://www.yourcablehookup.com/cables-sonicwave-speaker-interconnect-38069-p-3356.html


Edited by haloxt - 9/8/10 at 6:26am
post #58 of 67

Hmm after some research and thinking, I think I will have to pass on the SP-5 for now, and save up for either SP-3 or SP-9. Meanwhile I will use my honky klipsch rf 62 tower speakers and upgrade to fbi-500 integrated amp.

post #59 of 67

Badly off topic still, but.......can I suggest finding a pair of Mirage M5si, M3si, M1si- all can be had for as little as $300 used. These are warm sounding (no gritty highs with these) with serious deep bass. They need a bit of space and are big towers like not seen in modern speakers. I have the M7si (had M5si) and they still beat any headphone I have owned- bought them for $170 on Craigslist. I will tell you I had the 4S11 (big and heavy) and what I use now, Monoprice in-wall 14g cable. Sound the same to me and are rugged.

post #60 of 67

Tim, I looked for mirage speakers on craigslist and decided to go for the 3 foot tall Mirage 595is instead of the M3/5/7si because I don't have any rooms that meet the big size requirement for them.

 

I found a good deal on craigslist for a surround sound setup of 6 entry-level mirage speakers and an old yamaha receiver. I have only hooked up the main 595IS speakers, biwired to the old receiver and rca out of my dac9mk3. I followed the manual's placement instructions and use it in a decent sized bedroom, but the sound is not perfect, spacious but not so detailed. Can you tell me the sort of benefits I can expect from replacing the yamaha receiver with the fbi-500? I may also relegate this surround sound setup for tv and buy the m5is in the future when one shows up on the used market.

 

EDIT:

 

Ooo things have been warming up for a couple hours and it is sounding very ambient now :). These stereo speakers are the perfect size for my room so I think I will keep these and upgrade to either one of audio-gd's power amps or the FBI-500.


Edited by haloxt - 9/9/10 at 10:34am
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