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Old 24th August 2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Alpair 7 first impression

Bought a pair of first-gen Alpair 7's a while ago. Life has taken a few unexpected twists and turns in the meantime, so there hasn't been enough time to actually get them into boxes.

Had a spare moment today, and hooked the naked drivers up to a pretty standard Yamaha integrated receiver. Playing at very low volume, and the bass is cut. Playing the old folks' radio - voice, accordion music, some guitar and piano.

From the first second on, they sound great. Simply great. Excellent even.

Somehow, everything is just so present. One senses the physical heft behind the sound. Very involving. There is a certain solid and clean majesty that gently but forcefully directs one's attention to what is playing, again and again.

When you put an ear up against the drivers, you can obtain a sense of the bass, probably before it is cancelled by the back wave. Again the word is heft and presence. There's an elusive quality to the sound, which is more than anything reminescent of a skilled live jazz band playing in a good venue.
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Old 24th August 2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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To sum up, the drivers first soundly present what is there, without flaws, then they get out of the way, and you feel. Emotionally, and as a sense of the physical world.

It is not dissimilar to the effect that a good Tripath amp has. (Or valve amplification, I can imagine.)
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Old 24th August 2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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Sensual authority. That's it.
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Old 24th August 2011, 05:24 PM   #4
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get them into some boxes, dude - anything to start with !
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Old 24th August 2011, 05:38 PM   #5
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Old 24th August 2011, 05:42 PM   #6
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I've been tempted to do that with my CHR-70's!

I ordered my crossover parts, but Madisound delivered them to
the wrong address - now I have to wait for my brother to ship
them to me.

I was thinking I could at least begin the break in process...
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