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Old 15th January 2015, 04:36 PM   #151
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Old 6th February 2015, 07:20 PM   #152
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Yes indeed, modern equivalents thereof, and in theory, a lot more powerful / flexible.



I believe it. Fortunately, being perpetually broke, I never got financially hit (sighs with relief). Besides, my formative years were spent with a big old Rotel receiver, replete with very effective tone controls, and I acquired a great appreciation of being able to dial in a little requisite EQ. Especially useful with some early CDs, many of which were appalling, from

-Duff early analogue to digital converters in the studio (and many of them were)
-Engineers experienced with vinyl but not digital, which has a completely different set of compromises / characteristics -especially in the early days
-CDs made using vinyl masters & EQ'd as such, with predictably catastrophic results.
To name just a few of the more obvious causes.
Anyone have Alpair 7P (paper) updates? Testing, measuring, extended listening sessions? I agree tone controls are handy. Even if you have "perfected" your speaker design and room placement and listening position; there is still the matter of "crappy" sounding recordings. I have many CDs that greatly benefit from use of tone controls (even very recently made recordings sometimes suffer with bad tonal balance, etc.). Although not audiophile purist; I'm glad to have tone control. It doesn't solve the root cause/problem but it does make bad recordings more listenable (well, to my ears anyway!).
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Old 7th February 2015, 10:41 AM   #153
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Anyone have Alpair 7P (paper) updates? Testing, measuring, extended listening sessions? .....
Hi keep an eye this thread Designing of a FAST system from scratch... member chops ordered a fine package including A7P and measurement gear if we lucky he also share some data.
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Old 2nd February 2016, 10:53 AM   #154
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I have the Mark Audio 7p in my MDF FHMK3 . Have been breaking them in for about 2 months now . they just keep getting better and better. I did notice after a full day of music playing through them that they are much better than if you just listen for a few hours . So maybe after a longer breakin or a full day of playing after a good breakin , you should judge them then . heating them up as it were. All this can also be from not leaving the tube equipement on also. Regardless The 7p is a terrific little driver!
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Old 18th March 2016, 09:53 PM   #155
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I have the Mark Audio 7p in my MDF FHMK3 . Have been breaking them in for about 2 months now . they just keep getting better and better. I did notice after a full day of music playing through them that they are much better than if you just listen for a few hours . So maybe after a longer breakin or a full day of playing after a good breakin , you should judge them then . heating them up as it were. All this can also be from not leaving the tube equipement on also. Regardless The 7p is a terrific little driver!
Would you describe these as neutral sounding? Has the harshness or glare gone after considerable break-in? Some people have said they have some issues with this especially on the very high end; others have said the break-in just takes longer (then everything seems to settle out). I am thinking of buying just 1 piece to play around with. I have also considered just biting the bullet and buying a matched pair ENABLE from Planet 10. Have any of you heard the OEM vs. the ENABLE versions (in a direct comparison)? Thanks
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Old 20th March 2016, 05:38 PM   #156
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as I now have them for a considerably longer time now , I doubt there is a better driver out there for the same price.
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Old 20th March 2016, 07:47 PM   #157
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I have also considered just biting the bullet and buying a matched pair ENABLE from Planet 10.
I have given all the standard colour A7PeN another 1,000 or so hrs of low level break-inů they'll still need more at real playing levels but it is hopeful the extra hrs help.

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Old 21st March 2016, 02:24 PM   #158
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OK, thanks guys! I will get these eventually; the 7P (paper) just went to the top of my wishlist!
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