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Flat speaker vs. traditional speaker... pros/cons please?!..

by shawnlin / February 15, 2007 6:50 AM PST

I've been attracted to flat speakers for a while, but I'm having a hard time believing that they can provide full, rich sound that traditional speakers have.

Anyone have some technical explanation or real-world experience to share?

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vienna on ebay yesterday
by jostenmeat / February 15, 2007 7:39 AM PST

I don't know how flat you are talking about. Or your budget. But I was looking for Vienna Acoustics on ebay yesterday or the day before. There is an excellent price on the flatter Schoenberg set. Myself, Im not looking for such, don't have a flat screen. Generally speaking, larger cabinets means better sound. But I guess some companies deal with the compromise better than others, which I do not know. J

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Vienna Mozart speakers are they worth the price?
by charnaB / March 16, 2007 2:52 PM PDT

I am looking for reviews of the Vienna Mozart speakers.
They sound GREAT to me. Are they worth the money??

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have heard one strong rec
by jostenmeat / March 17, 2007 5:10 AM PDT

for those from one of the many dealers I've talked with. I believe it was his favorite from the Vienna line, including the more expensive ones(!). Those are what, $3k?

"Are they worth the money??" You'll have to answer that one. But you might already have Happy

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Physics does always apply. Expensive flat but big ribbon
by NM_Bill / February 15, 2007 9:32 AM PST

speakers have been around for some time. As to smallness itself, it had a big push 30 years ago. Now, I would like to experience Orbs if I got the chance.

So, no technical contribution here. Your posts seem that you are young, intelligent, very inquisitive, & impulsive. Similiar to my youth. Get out there & experience things.

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(NT) copy that - loud and clear :)
by shawnlin / February 15, 2007 10:59 AM PST
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Start here
by HTHMAN / February 15, 2007 9:55 AM PST
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Electrostatic speakers,, very nice mid range and highs,,
by jcrobso / February 16, 2007 12:59 AM PST
In reply to: Start here

but weak on bass, as the link said usually need a sub woofer.
If you can supply a link to the speakers that your looking at that would help. John

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The "fret" audio system.
by ahtoi / February 15, 2007 3:44 PM PST

Sound very impressive but I suspect it's nothing more than a electrostatic speaker. But don't sell it short though; it could be a very good system.

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by Riverledge / February 16, 2007 1:47 PM PST

MARTIN-LOGAN speakers, yet???

Flat speakers are fantastic, but very expensive.

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martin logan electrostats
by jostenmeat / February 17, 2007 5:09 AM PST

Ive listened to them a couple of times. They weren't for me. I believe that their advantages are having a much lighter material so that they can me more responsive/faster. Of course the large ribbon means larger soundstage. Also, the salesman strongly interated that they are at their best with stringed instrument recordings, and not as good otherwise. Finally I think a 5.1 setup of those would look pretty hokey in my room, just me.

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I Have One Word For You.....
by Psych Doc / February 17, 2007 10:16 AM PST


Their 3.6 is arguably the run away best deal in high end audio. The immediacy of the planar panels mated to a pure ribbon tweeter. There are no sweeter highs in all of audiodom.

And they have smaller speakers appropriate for HT applications.

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Thanks for the tip
by jostenmeat / February 18, 2007 7:56 AM PST

I've noticed that name numerous times. Want to hear them.

I take back most of what I ever said about Martin Logan electrostats. Listened to them again yesterday. They are sooo adept at details, especially at lower db's. The only thing I wished for just a few times was actually a wee bit more coloration from the speakers, which would usually be a bad thing. Otherwise, extremely good speakers. Very easy on the ears as well, fatigue-wise it seemed.

They have made me really reconsider upgrading my 5.1, and just getting a 2.1 music system. But, 2pr's of fronts might look like too much. Would need new amplification at 4ohm down to around 1ohm at high frequencies. Wasn't planning on new amplification. What a balancing act this is going to be.

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