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RE: ADM9RS or good British passive system?

Mac,

It wasn't an amp I am familiar with, I heard Krell mentioned but not sure if that was the one that was being used. 

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Mac,

It wasn't an amp I am familiar with, I heard Krell mentioned but not sure if that was the one that was being used. 

Ah OK, no probs, just curious.

For more info on the Harbs, perhaps take a look at their website, www.harbeth.co.uk/usergroup they have forums for each model.

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I joined WHF for advice back in Nov 2011, see here:

http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/am-i-going-wrong-somewhere-your-advice-and-views-please

I've 'kept in touch' since then, having bought the ADM 40's.

I know Ashley James does not mince his words, and is often 'disrespectful' of the established brands; but frankly, a degree of honesty and a lack of obfuscation is very refreshing.

I've stopped 'worrying' about my gear since I bought the ADM 40's, and started listening to the music once again.

You might find a better 'British Passive System' than the ADM9RSS, but I seriously doubt it; if you've got the time and inclination to fiddle about and chop and change (I don't), then by all means, please feedback to us. My money's on the ADM's.

Let's stop the personal attacks, please. We all court controversy with differing views, especially those strongly expressed; if this offends you, then please take a number and deal with it; just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right.

Ashley is a nice chap (there, I've said it); I feel confident that if those of you who are so quick to take issue with his 'pronouncements' should meet him - you'd all get on with him immediately. He is one of the most warm-hearted people it has been my pleasure to meet.

He's big on AVi and not so keen on the 'established players'? Well, guess what, that's his job. I'm sure the established players can handle themselves, and if he's wrong, then who cares. If the established players produce kit that is so much better, then the truth will out and nobody would care what Ash says.

My opinion, for what it's worth, is that (at present), AVi HiFi offer the best sound quality per £ (or €, or $) that can be had. I'm happy, and, more importantly, the mem-sahib is happy.

When I spend my money, I like to think that the bulk of it is paying for the component parts of what I'm buying; and not for the associated Marketing, Salespeople and Head Office overheads.

And that's speaking as someone who works in Marketing.

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There was a point when i was interested in avi speakers i even tried to sign up to there forum but on to occasions i was rejected, god knows why. I wanted to ask questions and find out how they would handle r'n'b and hip hop music but i don't think i will ever know.

theres also mixed reviews and comments on here about them and i will agree that Ashley fella tends to think that his speakers are better many others. I heard a few actives that i really am a fan of and those company's are b&0 and meridian. The beolab 9s, 5s and the new 17s are all amazing sounding speakers.

the meridian dsp 5200s and 8000s are also amazing speakers, there audio core 200 system with the bookshelf actives sound amazing with great timing clarity punch bass and definition, and I would recommend anybody to hear it.

If i had the funds that would be my system.

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atticus wrote:

I joined WHF for advice back in Nov 2011, see here:

http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/am-i-going-wrong-somewhere-your-advice-and-views-please

I've 'kept in touch' since then, having bought the ADM 40's.

I know Ashley James does not mince his words, and is often 'disrespectful' of the established brands; but frankly, a degree of honesty and a lack of obfuscation is very refreshing.

I've stopped 'worrying' about my gear since I bought the ADM 40's, and started listening to the music once again.

You might find a better 'British Passive System' than the ADM9RSS, but I seriously doubt it; if you've got the time and inclination to fiddle about and chop and change (I don't), then by all means, please feedback to us. My money's on the ADM's.

Let's stop the personal attacks, please. We all court controversy with differing views, especially those strongly expressed; if this offends you, then please take a number and deal with it; just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right.

Ashley is a nice chap (there, I've said it); I feel confident that if those of you who are so quick to take issue with his 'pronouncements' should meet him - you'd all get on with him immediately. He is one of the most warm-hearted people it has been my pleasure to meet.

He's big on AVi and not so keen on the 'established players'? Well, guess what, that's his job. I'm sure the established players can handle themselves, and if he's wrong, then who cares. If the established players produce kit that is so much better, then the truth will out and nobody would care what Ash says.

My opinion, for what it's worth, is that (at present), AVi HiFi offer the best sound quality per £ (or €, or $) that can be had. I'm happy, and, more importantly, the mem-sahib is happy.

When I spend my money, I like to think that the bulk of it is paying for the component parts of what I'm buying; and not for the associated Marketing, Salespeople and Head Office overheads.

And that's speaking as someone who works in Marketing.

That came a little out of the blue - 11 day old thread, bumped to the top of the stack with a defense piece for Mr James' and his character?

I agree that the current line of products are interesting and offer good value for money.

As for the personal attacks, I don't know or ever met the chap in person, but as far as his forum activities, frankly he gets back what he deserves. Do you think this [LINK REMOVED - house rules] type of activity helps? That was on a quick browse on his forum. I say treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. With regards to informational value and "honesty and lack of obfuscation", although I agree to an extent, the signal-to-noise ratio is low. There is a strong and very apparent undercurrent of product placement which severely compromises the integrity of the "facts" delivered (often in a forceful way).

(9.1 is not bass light, it's about perfect, however nobody understands bass -> our new 9.1 has much better bass from better drivers; any speaker needs a least 200W on tap in order not to clip and compress -> 50W in our new range is absolutely enough; class D sucks -> class D is at the heart of our new flagship product; all DACs sound the same -> we've upgraded the DAC in our 9.1 speakers with audible benefits; magazine reviews are useless -> look at this great review of the N5 2.1 system, it must be good! etc etc).

Just my opinion of course. I agree there is no need for personal attacks - Mr James should take this to heart too - but his professional conduct and some of the strong rhetoric that comes out of the company should be scrutinized just like he would expect towards any other manufacturer.

 

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Heh.  Yes, never let the facts get in the way of new product design.  Not ventured into that little padded cell for a while, but while Atticus might say all he does about Mr J, and I've experienced his generosity in sending up a volume pot for an amp I had two or three years back, the public image, which is what most people will go on, says it all.  Whether that paints a true or false image is neither here nor there.  The behaviour both on here and other forums makes his and his sidekicks' comments ring rather hollow.  

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johngw wrote:

As for the personal attacks, I don't know or ever met the chap in person, but as far as his forum activities, frankly he gets back what he deserves. Do you think this [LINK REMOVED - house rules] type of activity helps? That was on a quick browse on his forum. I say treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. With regards to informational value and "honesty and lack of obfuscation", although I agree to an extent, the signal-to-noise ratio is low. There is a strong and very apparent undercurrent of product placement which severely compromises the integrity of the "facts" delivered (often in a forceful way).

Quite right that the link was removed. Anyone who clicked through could have seen something that might make them wonder whether Ashley James is a jolly nice chap after all. I hope he deletes the post. But for me, it’s too late …

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Is WHFS&V going to review AVI DM5 monitors ?

 

Or the current model ADM9RS, which is a significant revision of the previous 9T model (which they reviewed favourably) ?

 

JC

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jcbrum wrote:

Is WHFS&V going to review AVI DM5 monitors ?

 

Or the current model ADM9RS, which is a significant revision of the previous 9T model (which they reviewed favourably) ?

 

JC

 

I'm sure they would, if the manufacturer submits a review sample. I'd certainly be interested in reading their review.

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I don't think AVI make any provision for review samples.  Previously reviewed models have been purchased from normal sales stocks, irrc.

 

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jcbrum wrote:

Is WHFS&V going to review AVI DM5 monitors ?

 

Or the current model ADM9RS, which is a significant revision of the previous 9T model (which they reviewed favourably) ?

 

JC

no. we all know it's outstanding.

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jcbrum wrote:

I don't think AVI make any provision for review samples.  Previously reviewed models have been purchased from normal sales stocks, irrc.

 

JC

 

Sure, but IMO WHF shouldn't go that route again. If the manufacturer refuses to submit a sample for review, then no review should be done. I'm sure AVI is doing quite well and can aford to maintain even just 1 sample to send around to major mags for review. The issue is that AVI doesn't want to... So I think the approach should be to encourage Ashley to submit a sample, not for WHF to go out and buy one... 

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jcbrum wrote:

Is WHFS&V going to review AVI DM5 monitors ?

 

Or the current model ADM9RS, which is a significant revision of the previous 9T model (which they reviewed favourably) ?

 

JC

 

Subjective reviews are irrelevant. 

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BenLaw wrote:

jcbrum wrote:

Is WHFS&V going to review AVI DM5 monitors ?

Or the current model ADM9RS, which is a significant revision of the previous 9T model (which they reviewed favourably) ?

JC

Subjective reviews are irrelevant. 

Ashley James once wrote:

A Five Star review from WHF that we didn't want done produced not one single enquiry!

Magazines are not as influential as customers opinions on the net are now.

His bold.

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lpv wrote:

jcbrum wrote:

Is WHFS&V going to review AVI DM5 monitors ?

 

Or the current model ADM9RS, which is a significant revision of the previous 9T model (which they reviewed favourably) ?

 

JC

no. we all know it's outstanding.

Better than the Naim Statement with any passive speaker, apparently.

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