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Old 30th December 2018, 07:46 PM   #1
Veeren is offline Veeren  Portugal
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Hi all,


After having worked for a large PA company I came across a few PA speakers that sounded good enough on my test system to be used for home hi-fi use.
One was a DAS audio coaxial top box and a other a Peavey HiSys xx with the big horn and two black widow 15 inch speakers.
One that I started to use at home was a EV Sentry 4 studio monitor.
I liked that one very much and had it for many years.


So are there any more of those speakers out there that can be used as such?
Would be very happy to know about them.

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Old 30th December 2018, 08:40 PM   #2
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I'm quite happy with the Peavey SP2 which has one BW 15" and a 1.5" driven horn tweeter. It tops out at 14 khz which is where my ears roll off, also. My ears confirm the specified Harmonic Distortion of 2nd Harmonic 20 db down all frequencies @ 1W. Pianos and tinkly bells sound as good as anything built of wood and brass in my music room. Bass organ and low piano notes are good down to 54 hz, which is A1 on a piano. (A0 is 27.5 hz). Bass drum hits are time aligned, compared to say, Klipschhorn the folded horn model.
I suspect the equivalent JBL and Yamaha 15" plus horn tweeter models are as good, but haven't run across any in a suitable listening environment to audition them.
Somebody said Klipsch La Scala was the reference model in this design, but I haven't had a listen to any of those either.
These are all copies of the classic Altec Lansing Voice of the Theatre, which sounded so good in Long Point Cinema in 1967 that my band director suggested we go listen to a movie on them. Which have origin in the original Bell Labs designs.
By contrast I had a friend with a pair of Bose 901's behind a Heathkit AR15, which did not impress me as being realistic.
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Old 30th December 2018, 09:19 PM   #3
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I have jbl cabaret 4623 refurbised and modified filter with hypex ucd400 amps build in. Plays all the music except modern deep bass.
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Old 30th December 2018, 09:29 PM   #4
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Currently listening to my Danley SH50ís. Mmmmmm.

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Old 30th December 2018, 09:48 PM   #5
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Apogee AE5 (no longer in production) Tannoy VX 12.2Q and i also like the EV ZLX 12p (that's self powered) but that's just my opinion.
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Old 30th December 2018, 10:01 PM   #6
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Currently listening to my Danley SH50ís.
bragging eh...oh well at least i have scotch to console me!
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Old 30th December 2018, 11:35 PM   #7
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"After having worked for a large PA company I came across a few PA speakers that sounded good enough on my test system to be used for home hi-fi use."
Hard to understand the question.
How can any Pro speaker (I mean pro speaker, not cheap'n'loud-speaker) be NOT "good enough" for home use?
Pro speakers have the efficiency. They are designed for a certain coverage angle and frequency range.
In contrast, "hifi" speakers are the ones, where the efficiency is low, and most of the money goes to some rich self-proclaimed gurus peddling BS like "oxygen-free" cables, expensive shielded AC line distributors, ressource-wasting sound-distorting tube amps, standoffs to prevent speaker wires from touching the oh-so-terrible floor, "audio grade" electrolytics at the DC rails (where only capacity, lifetime and equivalent series resistance is what really counts), the "service" to "burn in" cables, which are said to be "directional" etc.......
(Sorry for my disgust at the "hifi" world. Trust me, I am an engineer...)
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Old 30th December 2018, 11:43 PM   #8
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holy cow Vienna Tom...i think you need scotch more than me!
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holy cow Vienna Tom...i think you need scotch more than me!
I'll drink to that..

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Old 31st December 2018, 11:58 AM   #10
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Very nice, thank you all so far for contributing!


@ViennaTom, the only reason I can think of is that PA loudspeakers may not do low level detail as good as some HiFi speakers.


But then again the trend towards more and more audioph(ool)ile detail seems to get in the way of the music and it seems only be done to satisfy the reviewers that test them..


The Peavey SP2 with the rounded horn flare looks very much like the HiSys but without the second BW.
I remember bending the voice coil tinsel wires solder tabs back on those BW`s as the wires are short and can be ripped out from the solder lugs or break there.


I have heard the Tannoy Pumas and thought they were good as well.


Again thank you very much and wishing you all a great turn of the year and a Happy New Year!
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