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  1. Brian Beck

    TAD 3415 Horn System

    I just found your post from 2017 showing your Fulton FMI-100s which are used in your home theater system. I too have a couple of pairs of this model as well as other models, including the big J Modular. It's been decades since I moved on from Fulton speakers in my main audio system, where I...
  2. Brian Beck

    Is Audio Research becoming a “lifestyle” brand?

    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”
  3. Brian Beck

    Is Audio Research becoming a “lifestyle” brand?

    About the CEO of Audio Research, from Barron’s: “Poggi, 50, boasts over two decades in the industry, with previous stints at Harman International and the Bose Corporation. At Bose, Poggi managed the General Motors account and also oversaw car audio at Harman, where he worked with BMW, Toyota...
  4. Brian Beck

    Apogee Diva with Infinite Baffle

    Another vintage amp that MIGHT be worth auditioning is the Marantz MA-9S2 monoblock. A good buddy of mine, a former Pass Labs engineer, uses a pair of these with his huge Sound Labs electrostatic speakers. Granted that electrostatics and ribbons present different challenges to the power amp. But...
  5. Brian Beck

    Most beautiful amp and or preamp

    Analog meters are irrepressibly cool, aren't they?
  6. Brian Beck

    Most beautiful amp and or preamp

    I tend to like things that look like they just crawled out of a laboratory. Form fits function, as they say. I tend NOT to like the current trend in some parts toward organic, swoopy, curvy objects that look like self-absorbed statements by art majors. Just sayin'... I'm glad that someone...
  7. Brian Beck

    Apogee Diva with Infinite Baffle

    Thanks Christoph. I don’t have the time, or, frankly, much inclination, to post in forums these days.
  8. Brian Beck

    Apogee Diva with Infinite Baffle

    To the OP: Congratulations on getting Divas! I have Divas and Full Ranges. I wanted to make sure you saw the following post to avoid a pitfall that happens to many Apogee users. Enjoy. https://whatsbestforum.com/threads/apogee-full-range.19104/page-36#post-498198
  9. Brian Beck

    Is Audio Research becoming a “lifestyle” brand?

    I have been an ARC fan since the mid seventies when I bought an SP-3 and D75A. I’ve had numerous ARC models since then and I still have 6 pieces (a few are silent “museum” pieces). I was a little concerned when Bill Johnson sold ARC to an Italian investment group, and it is now of course part...
  10. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    I just saw your ceiling limitations. Tough situation!
  11. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    I’d be the last one to arm-twist someone into a speaker that might not work for him. There are just too many variables in room acoustics and listening preferences to make blanket predictions especially from afar. But consider this: the Eminence 12” subs in the Zu have a driven surface area of 78...
  12. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Except that a 300mm (11.8”) ribbon cannot confer the all-important advantages of a line source that the bigger Apogees have.
  13. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    My room is about 18.2’ x 26’ x 12’ H. It clocks in at about 5500 cu ft. But the back wall and part of the rear left wall are irregular and open up to a much larger part of my house; so the 26’ dimension is not completely descriptive. I think the key here is that I listen fairly closely to the...
  14. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    I don’t see why not, especially with the 1-ohm Scintillas. Side note: I have been involved in electronics industries my entire adult life, both as design engineer and as a head honcho. I have always loved audio but never attempted to offer anything commercially in audio because the hi-end...
  15. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    LOL indeed. I’ll grant you the “simpler” part anyway...
  16. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Hello Ron, Thanks for asking, but I have nothing new to report regarding my TSW FR system. I have reached a level of satisfaction where I have been enjoying it more than improving it. It is by far the best sound I have enjoyed in my decades of audiophilia. Yes, I will be working on...
  17. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Geesh! And I thought I was a collector. I need to show that list to my wife...
  18. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Somehow this Apogee thread devolved into a discussion of field coils and paper cones :)
  19. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Sure, pure tones can work. The reason I recommended noise is that pure tones will set up standing waves with peaks and nulls in the room. If you move your head even a little bit the perceived loudness will vary a lot, due to reflections, even between left and right ear. This might confuse the...
  20. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    A cautionary tale for FR owners (and probably for owners of other Apogee models): I am guessing that many people are innocently listening to these speakers incorrectly. Why? The polarity (phasing) of the drivers relative to one another can easily be incorrectly connected. This topic can be...
  21. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Ah, yes, that’s right. That’s a lot of Krell. D’Agostino probably stood to make as much money on each Grand sold as did Bloom and Siegel! I would probably be happy with a pair of big Krell monoblocks on my FR’s woofers. But I will insist on big tube amps for the MR and TW. Just my preference.
  22. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    I will be curious to read about that in TAS. Thanks. Here is a photo from what must be a few years later, showing a pair of Grands set up in what was purported to be D’Agostinos’s listening room. Normally driven by built-in Krell amps but here we see a collection of amps on the floor...
  23. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Some of you requested that I keep you updated on progress with my new FRs. I started by using the system in its stock configuration, with passive crossover and using the interface boxes with their transformers for bass and for midrange. I biamplified with four channels of 250 watt ARC tube...
  24. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    It’s really hard to judge very much at all from the scant description. And impossible to judge its potential sound quality, of course. My guess is that the 300B is for the first stage of voltage gain only. Since the mu of a 300B is only 3.8, they probably could squeeze no more than 11 dB of...
  25. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Thanks. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lamm amps. I need to listen to a pair some day.
  26. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    That’s a new one on me. Did they ever actually build any of these to sell? Since one cannot squeeze anywhere close to 1000 W out of a pair of 300Bs, they must be using the 300B as a voltage amplifier and following that with a FET follower stage, and then a low-ratio OPT. It’s a hybrid then. The...
  27. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    The 211 and its sister the 845 are great tubes. How much power do you want? A parallel push-pull (dirty words) amp using 211s could be devised with as much power as you like. Bias it deeply into Class A if desired. I have played with 833s too (hence my avatar).
  28. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Yes. I had a 50-pound 316L stainless-steel platter made with a different cross-section to break up resonances. I then topped that with a MS CU-180 copper mat which quenches any lingering resonance by constrained-layer damping. I clamp the record directly onto the copper mat with no squishy mat...
  29. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    Even if I never improved this initial system set-up, I can confidently attest that tubes can work with Full Ranges. At least with this one particular tube amp, but I am sure that others such as your big VTL would work too. I have long been an unabashed fan of Audio Research’s sound quality (with...
  30. Brian Beck

    Apogee Full range

    OK, I shall, if only irregularly is possible.

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