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Old 25th October 2009, 08:48 PM   #11
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Others have commented on the soundstage of the aksa. It can go deep or wide or high depending on the source material. I cant remember hearing this kind of variation with my previous amplfier. Is the soundstage of the aksa typical of high end amplfiers?
I wouldn't know because I've never owned a high end amplfier.
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Old 25th October 2009, 11:16 PM   #12
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Hello Professor smith

I've done lot of listening in high end audio stores and the Montreal audio show, to ear a variety of high end amps, preamps and cd players. I can say that yes the soundstage of the aksa is typical of high end.

Did you seen this article ? They compared the Aksa amp to some high end amps and the Aksa was the winner.

AVHub - Hi-Fi - News Articles - Audiophile Society of NSW - February 2009 meeting

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Old 26th October 2009, 12:09 AM   #13
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If it soundstage you want maybe try a small 2way with 5"woofer

I dont say its better than a 3way, in principle, but theres a much greater chance to find a good small 2way, than a good 3way, with regards to soundstage, within certain SPL limits
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Old 26th October 2009, 02:13 AM   #14
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Hello Professor Smith

I agree with tinitus, theres a much greater chance to find a good small 2 way than a good 3 way.

For myself, my favorites loudspeakers that I have eard in my region, are Dynaudio, Monitor Audio, and Spendor. Those are costly but hopefully I have a pair of Dynaudio from a friend who change them for Spendor S-100.

You can read magazines reviews to know a bit about bests 2 way loudspeakers.

Magazines reviews are not allways neutral, but if a loudspeaker are praise by both magazines and audio forum users, there is great chance that you have a winner loudspeaker.

Here is some magazines reviews of loudspeakers.

TNT - loudspeakers tests

Loudspeakers — Audiophilia

SoundStage! - The Authority on High-End Audio - www.SoundStage.com

Sound & Vision Magazine

Stereophile: Floorstanding Loudspeakers

Stereophile: Standmounted/Bookshelf Loudspeakers


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Old 26th October 2009, 08:28 AM   #15
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I'm interested to know whether the aksa colours the sound at the expense of neutrality and transparency such that it wouldn't be suitable for use in a studio monitoring environment?
The problem I see with using it as a studio monitor is that most consumer amps are crap - they will sound nothing like what you hear from your perfect listening room, perfect speakers, etc. So perhaps it's better to use a sort of harsh amp for studio purposes, so when you compensate for the amp's sound to make it sound good to you, you will be making the sound more pleasant and less harsh, whereas a very warm amp might give you the false impression that your music will sound warm on a consumer device.

Although people say that the AKSA does not color the sound, I'm still curious.

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Old 26th October 2009, 05:35 PM   #16
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The thing is the AKSA may be colored, but at the same time I am hearing all kinds of details which I have never heard before. There is a sense of clarity. That's why I was curious to know how suitable it would be in a studio environment where it's important to be able to hear what's going on in the mix.
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Speakers are critical, they distort the sound way more than any decent amplifier, AKSA or otherwise.

Perhaps headphones would be a better - more accurate - choice than loudspeakers anyhow ?
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Originally Posted by Professor smith View Post
I'm interested to know whether the aksa colours the sound at the expense of neutrality and transparency such that it wouldn't be suitable for use in a studio monitoring environment?

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The problem I see with using it as a studio monitor is that most consumer amps are crap - they will sound nothing like what you hear from your perfect listening room, perfect speakers, etc. So perhaps it's better to use a sort of harsh amp for studio purposes, so when you compensate for the amp's sound to make it sound good to you, you will be making the sound more pleasant and less harsh, whereas a very warm amp might give you the false impression that your music will sound warm on a consumer device.

Although people say that the AKSA does not color the sound, I'm still curious.

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AKSA 100 makes a fine nearfield powered studio amp.

I built up one of Hughs 55 modules and it ended up doing service for main
(nearfield) monitor amp duties. The engineer was more than happy with the
resolution and transparency of the amp. The only thing wanting was a bit more power, hence the 100W recommendation.

The musicality of these amps can actually work as a bonus in the studio in
much the same way that analog tape and tube electronics did to produce
some of the best recordings ever made.

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I'm interested to know whether the aksa colours the sound at the expense of neutrality and transparency such that it wouldn't be suitable for use in a studio monitoring environment?



AKSA 100 makes a fine nearfield powered studio amp.

I built up one of Hughs 55 modules and it ended up doing service for main
(nearfield) monitor amp duties. The engineer was more than happy with the
resolution and transparency of the amp. The only thing wanting was a bit more power, hence the 100W recommendation.

The musicality of these amps can actually work as a bonus in the studio in
much the same way that analog tape and tube electronics did to produce
some of the best recordings ever made.

cheers

Terry
Out of interest what monitors were being driven by them?
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Out of interest what monitors were being driven by them?
The monitors are Paradigm 2 ways. Sorry don't know the number. Good sounding
speakers, not the absolute best in the world but far from the worst.


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