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"As the founder of Fleetwood Sound, it’s my honor to write the first post for our new forum. Let’s please open this up beyond the usual audiophile stuff. Tell us something about where you are coming from and where you want to go in audio. What brought you to Fleetwood? How are you experiencing things differently with the DeVille speakers? What kind of things would you like to see us make in the future?

From my side, I’ll be posting frequently about what’s coming up next from us, and answering your questions. You’ll also see an engagement from the people here who designed and made your speakers. They are all committed to our cause- giving you better sound and beautiful things to enhance your life.“


Jonathan Weiss
CEO/Founder Fleetwood Sound Co. and Oswalds Mill Audio (OMA).

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kodomo

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Welcome to WBF Jonathan, I am very happy to see you here! This is Okan from Turkey.
 
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Ron Resnick

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Welcome to WBF, Jonathan!

I look forward to your postings here!
 

Blue58

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"As the founder of Fleetwood Sound, it’s my honor to write the first post for our new forum. Let’s please open this up beyond the usual audiophile stuff. Tell us something about where you are coming from and where you want to go in audio. What brought you to Fleetwood? How are you experiencing things differently with the DeVille speakers? What kind of things would you like to see us make in the future?

From my side, I’ll be posting frequently about what’s coming up next from us, and answering your questions. You’ll also see an engagement from the people here who designed and made your speakers. They are all committed to our cause- giving you better sound and beautiful things to enhance your life.“


Jonathan Weiss
CEO/Founder Fleetwood Sound Co. and Oswalds Mill Audio (OMA).

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what brought me to Fleetwood?
My parents, I was born and raised in this seaside town famous for fishing (before the Cod Wars killed it), famous for The Cod Army (Fleetwood FC supporters) and famous for being the other end of the west coast railway from London Euston in days gone by. Also, home to a Mullard tube factory where my Auntie worked soldering pins on the production line.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleetwood

Interested to hear how Fleetwood arises in the US.

cheers
Blue58
 

Jonathan Weiss

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what brought me to Fleetwood?
My parents, I was born and raised in this seaside town famous for fishing (before the Cod Wars killed it), famous for The Cod Army (Fleetwood FC supporters) and famous for being the other end of the west coast railway from London Euston in days gone by. Also, home to a Mullard tube factory where my Auntie worked soldering pins on the production line.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleetwood

Interested to hear how Fleetwood arises in the US.

cheers
Blue58
Fascinating to find out about an original Fleetwood in England, where many people who settled in this part of Pennsylvania came from. Thank you for sharing this! Maybe I'll pay a visit on my next trip to London.
 

Blue58

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I wouldn’t advise going. It now has some of the worst poverty in the UK, home to drug addicts, high levels of obesity and possibly the least healthy Population in England. It really is grim up North.
 

WillR

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I was fortunate to have a reason to be in Brooklyn and was able to audition the Devilles in Jonathan's amazing space. He was a consummate host and salesman. I had never heard a horn speaker before and had a number of assumptions that turned out to be incorrect. In my view, the review posted by Steve Huff articulates my own experience in my own setting: it's detailed but non-fatiguing, and does as well playing Bill Evans quietly as Idles at ear-splitting levels. I haven't had a chance to try different amplification but hope to learn what the impact of something like a Leben or Luxman integrated amplifier might be in my setting. The Billie Amp is quite good but I'm curious about what a significant jump up might yield. View attachment 96994
 

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I wouldn’t advise going. It now has some of the worst poverty in the UK, home to drug addicts, high levels of obesity and possibly the least healthy Population in England. It really is grim up North.
Haha, Stoke Newington Rd has it's moments lol.
 

Silbatoner

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Greetings from Germany.

I am honored to be here in this forum of amazing audio.

It was a great opportunity to listen to the OMA booth in Munich, this year.

I had good time to listen to the Museum speaker and DeVille SQ there with nice people.

I didnot visit many other booths as I want to belong to the best.

I use DeVille SQ now for my references.

I interpret OMA as Oh My Amazing audio

Just amazing soulful speakers!

What's Best : We got an answer just right here!
 
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Ron Resnick

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Welcome to WBF, Silbatoner!
 
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Oliver at DelveAudio

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Back in the late 70's somehow I came up with $250 plus tax and went to some store (not known for hifi; Sears or Alexanders) and bought my first stereo..... two boxes..... included the TT, cassette, tuner and a pair of speakers.... it looked like something out of Star Wars - real Darth Vader like..... when anyone came into my room..... it was a conversation piece.... until they asked me to turn it on...... in truth, there were some tracks which made it sound good..... but most of the time it was relegated to background music or just plain 'off'.

I kept that system through grad school......

My second job (after selling Futons for a couple of months) was at Tech HiFi in Harvard Square...... Although most of the stuff we sold was less than mid-fi, Tech HiFi is where I got the bug..... over the next 40 years, I went from Onkyo, to Yamaha (remember the first Surround Sound processor) to Adcom (loved Adcom.... it was a big step up and every piece was around $1000) and beyond.

Klipsch Heresy 2 ended up in my system at some point, thanks to Tweeter etc...... I thought I was ballin' at that point...... and at that stage I guess I was....

I have been through many speakers in over 40 plus years.... and even more electronics..... I remember falling in love with quite a few pair of speakers along the way..... but I ended up in a speaker slump..... nothing made me happy..... I used to own speakers which cost 4x the DeVille and they were absolutely boring..... and weighed almost 200 pounds (Fleetwood weighs 36 pounds).... not mentioning names.... I also had a MAJOR speaker manufacturer remove their speakers and blamed my room for the poor sound..... was it me? I don't think so...... after that removal, I went through a few other famous brands.......

One night while surfing the web, I came across a short video, where an audiophile was describing his speaker journey, which was similar to my history..... he spoke of meeting Jonathan in Brooklyn, and falling for these speakers which were not EXPENSIVE and didn't take up his entire space..... it had a great back story...... horns.... designed like the good old days, etc......

I think it was a Sunday late afternoon, early evening....

I hopped on the Fleetwood sight to get a contact.....

I wrote an email explained to Jonathan I was a dealer and very interested..... I don't think he realized just how interested I was...... I was ready to drop the plastic and purchase a pair........ and so I did..... I think they arrived two days later..... by that time I was so enthused, I remember meeting my UPS driver at one of his other stops...... I tracked his truck down.....

I remember unpacking them and just like that new car smell, upon opening the box, the smell of the PA Ash brought a smile...

I think I was using Gryphon Audio at the time..... not 100% sure.... but since using various brands/types of electronics, I realize it didn't really matter as long as the upstream gear was good.....

Out of the box, I did not get punched in the face with this obviously great sound ( nothing was harsh or too far forward and stood out and made my eyes/ears pop).... it took a few tracks or perhaps the next day before the stunning quality of this speaker sunk in.... there is no long break in. period.....

And over the course of a week, I remember falling deeper and deeper..... also I started really listening to music which I previously only listened to as I was driving..... ie, pop songs/artists....

With my DeVille, I now listen to EVERY genre....... yes, even hard rock, which I am not a fan of (try Tool, Fear Inoculum) ..... but the DeVille has me listening.....

The speakers throw a wall of resolving sound.... height, width and depth...... nothing offensive... nothing dull..... pure.... rich..... and low level details for days....... piano sounds like piano.... singer songwriter, has you hitting repeat on you're streamer...... voices are open and life like.... no honky horn sound...... not to worry..... I am told it is because of the conical design.... late night, low volume listening is just crazy good....

I even bought a third speaker to use as a center channel for my HT.

I have a YouTube channel.... most of my later videos use the DeVille.... if you have headphones, look up Delve Audio on YouTube......

I use good mics, so its worth using good headphones.... yes, I know it's not like the real thing.... you can't hear the depth or imaging, etc.... but you get a great idea of what they are.

Jonathan is very passionate about these and so am I. If you can get an in-person demo, don't miss out..... a sub is NOT needed, but if you add a pair of subs at low volume; xover at around 40hz, it increases the width even further.....

Yes, I am a dealer..... but these are the words of a fan.....


Best

Oliver at DelveAudio
 
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Hello All,

I am happy to see all the posts on our first day of the new Fleetwood Forum.

To give everyone some personal background. I started with Oswalds Mill Audio and Fleetwood Sound Company in April of 2021, after spending over 25 years in Telecommunications. After working many years in an industry where success was measured and managed by hourly P&L reporting, working with Jonathan has been a fantastic experience. Here at Fleetwood Sound Company, we are driven by creating the highest quality handmade products and are not by our P&L. Every person who receives our equipment is part of our extended family, and we strive to build lifelong relationships with our patrons.

For those of you whom I have personally spoken with can attest, I admit that I am no audiophile. However, after testing and listening to the equipment we produce, it's hard for me to listen to music anywhere else. Our product's sound quality is flat out that good that nothing else can compare; everything thing else is just background noise.

We are eager to use this forum to strengthen and expand our community by opening the lines of communication with owners, prospective owners, and our staff. As this forum and our Fleetwood Sound Company community grow, we are excited by the prospect of sharing our unique craftmanship and world-class audio equipment with many more people.
 

Ron Resnick

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Welcome to WBF, Oliver and Paul!
 

Low325

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Excellent and finally!
 

Reference Analog

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Awesome. Glad there is a single place to talk about Fleetwood. The DeVilles have been a wonderful speaker, always musical, just the right balance of efficiency, crazy imaging and depth. We have loved demoing these for customers. Keep up the strong work guys :)
 

Fred Zheng

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Dear All,
I am seriously consider get a pair of Deville SQ. I would like to have your advice regarding electronics.
1. I will need to downsize the electronics from all separates (preamp, mono amps, dac, phono, etc) as much as possible. Thus I will consider super-integrated having preamp, amp, dac, phono all in one box, to the integrated having preamp and amp.
2. I listen to classic music 80% of the time, from piano and violin solo, to big opera and symphony, I LOVE piano sonata and concerto. I also listen to voices from Renee Fleming, to Adele, to Taylor Swift, from Pavarotti to Harry Styles.
3. I like mostly neutral, just a tiny on the warm side, electronics, to make Steinway concert grand sounds like one.
4. The system will need to perform well both at loud and at low sound level.

Another unrelated question,
The Deville SQ will be in either a 18'x13'x10' room, aligned on the 13' short wall, or in a 18'x50'x22' room, aligned on one end of the 50' long wall. Will Deville SQ even work in the latter large room?

Thanks for your advice.
Fred
 
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Jonathan Weiss

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Hello Fred, while we have been working on a new line of Fleetwood amplifiers and components for a few years now, we have found that the Technics line of integrated Gallium Nitride or GaN amplifiers are extremely good combinations with the Fleetwood DeVille and DeVille SQ. They are also insanely good value! I just brought a Technics SU-G700 integrated amplifier into the home of a very experienced audiophile with a $70K front end, and within about 15 minutes he decided to sell everything and simply replace with the Technics which is only $2800 retail. It is that good. This combination will do everything you ask for, from playing well softly in a smaller room to filling a very large room with incredible sound with no distortion or even strain. The DeVille will simply outperform anything on the market in a similar size range in a large room, given sufficient power, because we use real, professional drivers and not inexpensive home hifi transducers. This is a huge differentiation from the rest of the speakers on the high end market.

Jonathan
 

Fred Zheng

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Hello Fred, while we have been working on a new line of Fleetwood amplifiers and components for a few years now, we have found that the Technics line of integrated Gallium Nitride or GaN amplifiers are extremely good combinations with the Fleetwood DeVille and DeVille SQ. They are also insanely good value! I just brought a Technics SU-G700 integrated amplifier into the home of a very experienced audiophile with a $70K front end, and within about 15 minutes he decided to sell everything and simply replace with the Technics which is only $2800 retail. It is that good. This combination will do everything you ask for, from playing well softly in a smaller room to filling a very large room with incredible sound with no distortion or even strain. The DeVille will simply outperform anything on the market in a similar size range in a large room, given sufficient power, because we use real, professional drivers and not inexpensive home hifi transducers. This is a huge differentiation from the rest of the speakers on the high end market.

Jonathan
Hi Jonathan,
Thanks for the information about G700. Frankly, it was not on my radar previously (my budget for the new system is $200k), now I will have to give it a listen.
I am planning to visit your OMA showroom in NYC soon, hope to chat with you more and hear the Deville SQ in a big space. Actually, my new system will reside in NYC.
Fred
 

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