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04-sep-09 µFonkens arrive in UK

Posted 5th September 2009 at 03:39 AM by planet10

We work closely with Scott Lindgren in the UK. To help facilitate communation, we sent him a set of uFonken with FF85KeN so that we would have a common reference. He got them earlier today and had these initial impressions:

Speaking of small speakers, got the uFonken's etc. about 1.30pm & been throwing different albums at them ever since. They haven't batted an eyelid. Christopher Lee reading Dracula on an audiobook? Check. June Tabor? Check. Yo Yo Ma? Check. Loreena McKennitt? Check. Frankie Goes to Hollywood? Check. Mike Oldfield? Check. This is actually bloody annoying. They've no business to work this well. I figured I'd catch them out just before I started typing this by introducing them to PJ Harvey's albums To Bring You My Love & Is This Desire? (officially the eeriest / most disturbing records ever made). Bugger. They haven't keeled over. (Highly recommended albums BTW.) OK, compressed on some of the synth bass (everything short of multiple 15in HE woofers per channel compresses on these albums, so they're in good company), but everything else is magic. Ride cymbal in particular -decay is as good as I've heard from FR units.

I haven't got them properly set up yet, but even way off axis, imaging's very impressive. I won't try making any real assessment until I get them on the end of my B1 / F2 & sitting on decent stands away from boudaries. One thing I'm really impressed with is their LF extension though. It might be faint under 100Hz, but they go down quite a ways. Sod the ultimate computer speaker; you're not pitching these things right. Point them at the hi-fi monitor market. Even with only a few hours listening, I'd say they'd take most of those things to the cleaners with the added benefit of not needing one million watts rammed up their terminals. TBH, I think they're more impressive in their way than the Fonken Primes. Many thanks for sending them. :^) Oh yes -and not least, hat off to Chris; build & finish is excellent. Love the veneer. Nice detail touch too, painting the vents black & the brass screws.

I'm off to listen some more... ;^)


Spent another hour listening to them; they really are very nice little micro-monitors indeed. General 'criticism' thus far: they're not as neutral as, say, the A6 with that upward-skewed balance & they certainly do compress more. But they're much cleaner than anything I've heard to date with the FE83/7E, or any of the 3in Visatons the Germans rave over (and which I think are chronically over-rated). I like them. Lots.
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Scott's are the ones on the right.

The 1st of the critisms can be largely dealt with by adding a woofer (as in Tysen) -- we did send Scott a pair of woofers too.

The rising top end above 15k is something we are still working to minimize (for us old guys it isn't a real big issue)

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    BudP's Avatar
    This isn't Scott's first encounter with EnABL is it?
    Posted 6th September 2009 at 12:17 AM by BudP BudP is offline
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    Geek's Avatar
    The rising top end above 15k is something we are still working to minimize (for us old guys it isn't a real big issue)
    Time to play with a Zobel?

    It does play nice with Enabl (at least on the Markaudio units)

    Posted 6th September 2009 at 07:27 AM by Geek Geek is offline
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    planet10's Avatar
    Bud, this is the 1st pair of EnABLed drivers to live in Scott's house. He has had passing aquaintance with a few others at some of the Egg-Fests.

    Posted 9th September 2009 at 03:54 PM by planet10 planet10 is offline
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    There is nothing to Zobel... because of the copper cap on the FF85 the impedance is already flat.

    Posted 9th September 2009 at 03:56 PM by planet10 planet10 is offline
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    Posted 9th September 2009 at 03:57 PM by planet10 planet10 is offline
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    After the initial raving impressions, I would very much like to hear what Scott thinks now. Now that hes had the monitors for a few days.

    Posted 12th September 2009 at 09:23 PM by dviswa dviswa is offline
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    Geek's Avatar
    *bangs table with a speaker magnet*

    Yes! More impression reports

    Posted 22nd September 2009 at 09:03 PM by Geek Geek is offline
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    Scott tooks these around to Ed's the other day (In pursuit of music) and he had this to say:

    Scott brought round a pair of your micro fonkens a couple of days ago and I
    was just moved to drop you a line. To my ears they are superb and quite
    honestly the most impressive little speakers I've heard, congratulations. I
    resisted the urge to measure them(totally unnecessary) and once I'd jiggled
    about with positioning they really came on song. With a blindfold I'd swear
    they were much much bigger.

    I'm mystifies as to why you don't cut back on the outstanding fit and finish
    and aim them competetively at the project studio chaps. I'm sure you'd clean
    I also received a positive comment the other day from Mark Fenlon who also has a pair.

    Posted 27th October 2009 at 09:11 PM by planet10 planet10 is offline

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