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Old 26th June 2008, 07:25 PM   #1
Tino is offline Tino  Canada
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Default Reference 3A MM Decapo

Anyone listen to these? I heard a set like 10 years ago and I was in love but I have not heard them recently since being exposed to more stuff. Is there anything else out there that is similar quality and price (or cheaper)? Are Totem speakers in the same quality range?
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Old 26th June 2008, 07:59 PM   #2
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You really need to hear them for yourself. Can't stress that point enough.
IMHO they are much more refined than they were 10 years ago. Also the cabinetry is considerable better.
I never really cared for Totem speakers, but that is a matter of personal taste. They are direct competitors though.

Please note I have an affiliation with Ref. 3A.
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Old 26th June 2008, 08:45 PM   #3
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The current Decapo Ref. 3A is a much better speaker than production from 10 years ago. The Totems are good speakers but not my cup tea. Take a look at the Sapphire from Audio Concepts. It is a similar type two way mounted speaker. I was involved in comparing the two speakers and the Sapphire was as good if not better than the Ref.3 for less money.
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Old 27th August 2015, 07:50 PM   #4
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Thread is a bit old but thought I'd throw something in..

I guy stopped in today with Reference 3a mm decapo-i

I quickly grabbed an in room FR measurement(blue) of 3a at 1m, compared the relative response to my closed box monitor(red) that has a 84 db sensitivity rating..

3A is more sensitive with ragged response..

Listening impressions from me and the 3a owner: my monitor is far better in everyway, except sensitivity.. Better bass definition, better midrange and high frequency detail and accuracy(3a treble sounds like it rings), more imaging precision and better balanced overall..

what's the point of this? not certain, I guess it blows me away how well we can do and how so many commercial offering, are just average, at best..
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