I have enjoyed reading the threads each of you have posted on this site and am looking forward to learning more, moving forward.
I just realised that I have neglected to share one more important member of our hifi family. These humble (not so little) MONITOR AUDIO R252 stand-mounts sound KILLER on our CREEK 4040s3 and fully deserve a family photo opportunity here.
The MA R252 is an early (circa late 1980s) design by loudspeaker design legend, ROBIN MARSHALL. We are big fans of these speakers - which will be undergoing surgery - as our next project - with a full internal refresh. Certainly, they will have been built to a price, so we just can't wait to see what they are really capable of!
I have been reading with great interest and impression about your design journeys also.
We are currently doing all of our listening with the little CREEK 4040s3 - as we are packed-up and preparing to move house.
Present speakers are the MONITOR AUDIO R252 that are pictured above.
Damn they sound good!
I don't know why, but I have a sense that your CLAYMORE RETRO probably sounds similar to the CREEK. The only justification for this view relates to what I have read from others. This would be a very good thing IMHO.
In any event, I guess I could be quite wrong... See! I'm a bit mad too LOL!
Thanks mate. Like a lot of you here on the Haven, we see no reason to limit ourselves to one flavour.
It's like when I read posters battling it out over HI-REZ DIGITAL v HI-END ANALOG. It's just crazy! Surely its okay to enjoy both?
Just because I prefer paperclips, doesn't mean I can't use a stapler from time to time, right?
And on the rare occasion I treat myself to an ice cream, I don't always have to have my favourite SALTED CARAMEL right? I mean BUTTERSCOTCH PECAN is pretty bloody good too... right?
You get the picture.
Anyways, I'm glad you guys are open-minded enough to understand that many roads lead to Rome.
(Which road shall we travel today? LOL!)
You're so right! This humble little speaker is one of very favourites! The interesting thing is, the passage of time does not render a well-designed speaker invalid. As long as the at-risk componentry - typically electrolytic capacitors and tweeters - are all performing on-spec, they are as good as the day they were built. With judiciously selected new componentry - probably better IMHO!