My first Open Baffle speakers-Caintuck Betsy's

MWalt

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I finally got the chance to try open baffle speakers. I picked up a pair of Caintuck Audio Betsy clones from AK'er Hurdy_Gurdyman (thanks, Dave!). I was able to get them real cheap, so why not? I have always wanted to try OB's and now have a listening space large enough to do so. I used a lot of different gear and played a variety of different music with them over the last 3 days and have decided that these speakers have no right to sound as good as they do. Color me impressed. The soundstage is huge, imaging is excellent and the music seems to just suspend above the speakers even though they are close to the floor. I expected them to sound thin and rolled off, but they were fleshed out and highs had air. They were even better with the REL and Rythmik subs on although I did enjoy them without bass support. Will they replace my ProAc Tablette 10's or my Q Acoustics 3050i's? No, but they will be in the rotation from this point forward.

Pro's:
-Efficient. They play loud without a lot of amplifier power.
-Huge soundstage that extends deep and wide.
-Good imaging.
-Not expensive. They could be an anchor for an excellent budget audiophile system that would cost a lot to better.
-Easy to build for DIY'ers.
-Sound improves as you progress with better upstream gear.
-They present a "live" holographic sound.

Con's:
-WAF is not good at all. My wife (non-audiophile) said they were among the best sounding speakers she had heard, but in the next sentence asked, "Is there any way you can hide these?!!"
-Finicky about placement. They need at least 3 or 4 feet of space away from the wall. I had mine 4 feet out.
-They don't have quite as much resolution as my conventional speakers during complex musical passages.
-Off axis response isn't the greatest.

I am very impressed with the Betsy open baffle speakers ands can only imagine what some of the more esoteric builds I have seen online sound like. The house sound is something to be experienced.IMG_1303.JPG
 
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Any way you can hide them?
Lol that made me laugh and think about my sister in law and her comments once after a visit when I had my Lowther open baffle speakers.
Glad you got these, open baffle can be pretty stunning at times.
 

MWalt

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I laughed when she said that too. The drivers look like something that came out of a cheap set of speakers from an 80's Service Merchandise catalogue. What surprised me the most about them is that they sounded the best with my Primaluna Prologue Classic. I guess they like a little headroom.
 

StevenZ

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Cool speakers and congrats! There is something about the shape of those baffles thsts supposed to be magic. Decware scaled them up and is offering them with the Lii Audio Crystal 10” drivers as their flagship offering. I think Randy does an offering with this driver as well.
Are yours the albino versions?
 

MWalt

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Cool speakers and congrats! There is something about the shape of those baffles thsts supposed to be magic. Decware scaled them up and is offering them with the Lii Audio Crystal 10” drivers as their flagship offering. I think Randy does an offering with this driver as well.
Are yours the albino versions?
These were home brewed copies that the original owner built. I believe he got the plans from Randy at Caintuck Audio.
 

MWalt

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Sorry this new phone’s auto correct is brutal. Alnico is what I meant.
No, they are just the standard Betsy's. I did look at the Lii Audio drivers and definitely see the potential. I just am not sure I want to go down the OB rabbit hole just yet. I plan to play these for a while and then later switch back to conventional speakers and see if I am missing anything. This open baffle thing opens up an entirely different niche.
 
I'm glad you are happy with them. They worked great in my old house, but in my new home (mobile home) there just wasn't enough room to pull them out to give them the space they needed.
Dave
 
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