Meadowlark Little Wings

Discussion in 'Meadowlark Audio Forum' started by MikeO, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. MikeO

    MikeO Active Member

    I am hoping to get a bit of information about these speakers as their seems to be little information available on the web. I have to admit I have become a bit obsessed with the idea of hearing a pair of these for several reasons. First, I have always loved very small speakers that can really go on a bookshelf. I love the sound of large speakers (hearing large Altecs was an eye opening experience for me) but I really always preferred that my system just blend in with the room and not dominate it. Second, they look absolutely beautiful. Surprisingly this has become very essential to me. Have seen some very interesting monitors from the recording industry but the industrial finish just does not appeal to me in the least. Beautiful walnut is always my preference. Finally, the simplicity of a system that does not require a lot of boxes. Again back to the idea that I want my system to look beautiful but just blend into the room and not take it over and turn it into a laboratory.

    From what I can make out from my limited information, these speakers may be exactly what I am looking for. But I do have some questions.

    1. For someone who wants to play vinyl and one digital source is there any need to use a preamp (other than of course a phono preamp) or can the two sources be directly plugged into the speaker?

    2. Is there some kind of cable used to allow configuration of the dsp from a computer?

    3. How is volume controlled?

    4. Could these be close enough to full range to be considered for a main system as opposed to a secondary system.

    Thanks,
     
  2. Hi Mike -

    Sorry I overlooked your message. My snooze.

    A key advantage that Little Wing has over conventional speakers is its size; for a tiny speaker it punches way over its weight....if you'll go along with that silly metaphor.

    The driver set is an SB Acoustics 5.5" with excellent Xmax and a Seas Excel tweeter, heavy frame large BCAV, low Fs. Each driver is driven directly by one 250W amp. Here's the amp specs:

    file:///C:/Users/Pat/Downloads/ICEpower250ASX2_Datasheet_1_4-2.pdf

    Each speaker has both a digital and analog input. One can toggle the inputs and set amplitude via ordinary network connection to your PC or a hand held. CAT 5 to your router is nicest. Or connect directly to your PC. That connection also gives you access to the PEQ you'll use for room correction and to four presets that you are free to configure. You may, for instance, make one preset for low level listening, another for energetic levels and yet another that flatters your phono. The presets are handy because you can readily A/B your adjustments. The configuration files save and load like any other computer file; the underlying platform is Adobe so it's pretty rock solid.

    For phono you will still need your phono pre to bring you up to line level and do the RIAA EQ. For a more familiar set up you could bring all of your sources thru your preamp then just go analog into each speaker. Then your stereo will operate just as it does now.

    That phono pre setup is a stop-gap that will go away soon. We're expecting next generation of phonographs to have onboard ADC with the RIAA EQ done digitally. Frankly, the analog RC circuits in your phono pre that accomplish the RIAA EQ ain't so hot. Most I've benched have been way off spec. Plus they work in exactly the same way as tone controls that.....ahem.....no one tolerates because of the degradation. Doing that function in the datastream sounds much better with the added bonus that you can equalize the nonlinearities in your cartridge in the same stroke.

    Analogously, 20 years ago I spent thousands of dollars on lab grade microphones. Now it's commonplace to use $100 mics, apply digital EQ and get better results. Heresy alert: the same thing is about to happen to the phono cartridge. This will come as very good news to younger music lovers.

    Here, we easily get energetic levels with convincing bass in my 24' x 32' studio. Just me, I listen to a lot of big music and enjoy the sensation of dynamics, body and force. Now, a 5.5 incher is only going to get you so far, but the 'Wings do surprisingly well; easily as well as well driven Kestrels did.

    If you want to step up your LF, powered subs are coming soon. Easy add-on integration by the same DSP platform that's in the mains; you'd just upload new files to your mains raising their LF corner frequency. I presently have a 13" cube on the bench that's doing quite well.

    I'll try to pay more attention to this thread. Again, sorry.

    Best!
    Pat
     

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