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    Joseph Audio Pulsar speakers

    Just got a pair to audition. Don't like the MBL 116's in my new living room. Doesn't work with the rest of the furniture, etc. Time to look at something smaller that plays big.

    Anyone had any experience with this product?

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    They sounded ok at an audio show. But I was expecting more.
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    Thanks Folsom for your observation. Audio shows and good sound? From my experience, somewhat of an oxymoron.

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    Listened to the Pulsar at dealer's. Sounded very nice but not mindblowing nice. I did not recall it to sound that big, but a very proportionate and enjoyable sound. I have listened to 116 before and can imagine the Pulsar to sound more open with delicate midrange. Does this match your experience?

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    I liked them. Aren't you worried about the bandwidth limitations coming from your MBL's. Maybe the Joseph Perspectives might be a better fit. The footprint isn't much larger. They will surely play bigger than their little brothers.

    What amps are you using by the way Dude?
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    Jack, the JA speaker has a fair amount of low end so bandwidth is not necessarily the problem. Amp is the Pass Labs 250.5.

    Leyenda, soundstage size is the issue. Given the omni nature of the design, the MBL's really "energize" a room unlike a monitor size dynamic speaker and sound quite big.

    My main issue is that I really want a smaller speaker that can get close to the soundstage size of the 116's. Don't know if it exists.

    Thank you both for your constructive comments.

    Best.

    Gordon

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedudeabides View Post
    Just got a pair to audition. Don't like the MBL 116's in my new living room. Doesn't work with the rest of the furniture, etc. Time to look at something smaller that plays big.

    Anyone had any experience with this product?
    I personally had the Pulsars for about 2 years. Was happy with them in a small room. Tried the Pranafidelity Bhava speaker and it was so much better than the Pulsar. Has so much more weight and authority-plays big. Its a 2 way but has 2 woofers. Another one to consider is the Marten Duke 2.

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    After some substantial auditioning, decided to buy. They are perfect for my current needs.

    Will likely add an REL T7i subwoofer (or two) in the near future.

    Thanks for all the input.

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    Dude!

    I was so interested in this thread I just joined the forum to add this comment :-)

    I'm really curious to hear more detail from you in terms of your impressions of the Pulsars.

    I'm in a similar situation. I have a wonderful large set of Thiel 3.7 speakers (and some others) that are ergonomically and aesthetically a bit big for my room. Sound-wise they work perfectly - my room acoustics are great and the speakers are incredible. But if I can downsize a bit it would work better in the room aesthetically. So I've been on a speaker search for months now testing all sorts of different models, seeing if I could find something smaller that would still sound big enough for me. And like anyone here I'm picky as hell - for me an accurate, beautiful timbral quality to voices and instruments come first, and after that dynamics, soundstaging etc. The problem is the Thiels are so great, even more expensive speakers are letting me down when I audition them.

    Then I heard a demo of the Joseph Audio Pearl 3s at a show and I was amazed not only by the clarity, but by the gorgeous tonal quality to voices. It was special. So I hunted down a Joseph dealer, and first auditioned the Pulsars. They were terrific, but since they also had the floor-standing Perspective models I decided to check them out. Whoa! THOSE babies really grabbed me - I felt they had an even more impressive midrange, but with a fuller, deeper sound, with great texture in the upper bass region. I home auditioned the Perspectives and in most aspects they blew me away. They are really the only speaker that made me think I could let go of the Thiels and I'd be trading up in some aspects of the sound.
    My ears hear with the Josephs what other have said about them: an amazingly liquid sound due to what seems like a super low noise floor, just pure sound that comes out of a black background. "They are quiet between the notes" as one person put it. They are super clear, with zero hash to the sound, and seem to just nail the sound of voices and instruments. One of the best midrange tonality I've heard in a speaker. All that, and they are both very compact and perfect sized for my room, and among the nicest looking speakers I've seen.

    So at this point I'm saving some pennies for the Perspectives, unless some other speaker shows up to take their place.

    And, BTW, I also own MBL speakers - the stand mounted 121 version. They share to my ears similarities to the Joseph sound - liquid, incredibly refined in how they present detail, and able to reproduce a rainbow of timbral sounds convincingly.
    They just don't go quite as low as I want for a main speaker (and I hate subs), so I just throw them in the system now and then, marveling at what they do.

    Anyway, I was going to suggest you check out the Perspectives since they will give you that bigger sound, yet at a size even smaller than the Pulsar with stands. But it seems you settled on the Pulsars which is great, and I'd love to hear more about it.

    Cheers!

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    Hi COF,

    Agree with you regarding the sonic qualities you describe. I really wanted a small monitor type speaker and this, I believe, will fit the bill. As expected, they do some things better than the 116's and some that are not. My "overall" feeling at this point is that I can live with and be satisfied recognizing the aggregate differences. And this before I've done some serious tweaking.

    Have a new pair in piano black arriving next week along with some target stands with upgraded options and 50 pounds of lead shot. I assume this will be better than my current arrangement which is the monitors (at the recommended height) placed on open backed wood chairs sitting on Mapleshade brass cones. For the moment, they are very responsive to small adjustments which, to me, is a very good sign.

    I will wait for my new pair to break in and optimize the placement with the new stands. Once I've done that and made some additional room adjustments, I will make a decision on the REL sub.

    Thank you so much for your post and your interest and welcome to WBF.

    Best,

    Dude

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