Well, life has bowled me a bit of a googly. A couple of months ago I was sitting in a waiting room with the younger 49 lass who was flicking through the estate agents’ ads in a local glossy magazine and spotted a house round the corner from us she liked the look of. Things have snowballed, and now, decisively, Mrs49 has decreed that we are going to move.
When this will happen is unclear: maybe two months, maybe a year. What is clear is that, whilst I need some new speakers for my Dev, taking the plunge with e.g. a pair of shiny new SF Olympica IIs or Vivid V1s would be unwise. For all I know, the hi-fi room in the new house might be bigger and might bring a new category of speakers into play that I've so far excluded on grounds of size. (Quads?)
So having consulted my guru, I think the logical next step would be to see if I can pick up a pair of ex-dem SF Cremona Auditor Ms for a reasonable sum, which I could later sell on without taking too much of a hit on depreciation.
Does anyone think this is a terminally stupid idea? (I can almost hear davedotco sniggering into his Horlicks as he reads this.)
What classical music are you listening to?
It's exactly what I'd do, except the speakers might never leave.
The "old" SF sound could be gone forever, so this allows you to nab a (bargain) pair while still available, live with them, and then decide to "stick or twist" later on. They will be one hell of a benchmark.
Just do it.............you only live once!
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
One thought comes to mind, moving house in your neck of the woods could be very expensive, we sold up in your area about 10 years ago so know the score. Spend as much as you can now before your wife desides she wants another bedroom.......
Something similar happened to me about 15 months ago, I had a budget of a couple of grand to buy a little system to make our stay in the uk more pleasant but in this case Mrs ddc decided that if we were going to stay in west London she was going to stop paying the rediculous rents and buy a small flat for when we are in London.
Bye, bye hi-fi budget........
Cremona M Auditor, mmmmmmmm
Edit for spelling.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
Thanks for the reassurance, Cno. That's pretty much what the guru said, only without the funny little faces obviously, him being a guru 'n' all.
I've got mixed emotions...
Happy that you will have a wonderful set up, but sad not to be reading any more of your experiences.
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From him, it's (very) convincing sales patter; from me, it's good advice.
I will be envious, and I don't say that very often.
Quad ESLs, that looks like a pleasant prospect!
And I'm sure in the meantime a Dev - Cremona combo will be tolerable too!
Interesting, Dave, as always.
The thought of Mrs49 wanting another bedroom is alarming though. What for? Not another little 49? Help!
We'll see how things turn out. If I know Mrs49 at all well (after n years of marriage), she'll indulge me.
Mac, you're too kind. I plan to keep on exploring and reporting. So there'll be plenty more of my turgid prose.
The guru isn't a dealer, if that's what you meant. He's utterly impartial and collects no commission, unlike some people.
On a serious note, Doc, do you think a Dev-Quad combo would be OK? Just yesterday a dealer (who doesn't sell Quad!!!) tried to persuade me that it'd be a disaster, but my understanding is that the Quad ESLs' impedance doesn't drop below 4 ohms, unlike e.g. Martin Logans. Any thoughts?
I think I found myself a guru too! I plan to meet him next month!
It is my understanding indeed: they don't behave like your average ESL. Actually there is a Devialet - Quad owner on the forum (whose name escapes me; he has a D1 and 2905s), who is over the moon with this combo.
I never heard them work together, but it must be spellbinding!
"Interesting, Dave, as always.
The thought of Mrs49 wanting another bedroom is alarming though. What for? Not another little 49? Help! help, I`m sinking
We'll see how things turn out. If I know Mrs49 at all well (after n years of marriage), she'll indulge me."
Studio or sewing room Matt.....
Wives expand to fill the space available, one of the immutable laws of the universe. Ie, we have a five door wardrobe, I get one!
Regarding the possibility of another little 49, the solution is simple.
Give Mrs 49 a single asprin tablet at bedtime, works every time.
Seems a very sensible solution, especially if you can get the Cremonas at a good price. Gives you lots of time to really get to know your Dev, make the move, audition other speakers. Whether any will provide a significant step-up from the SFs to warrant replacing them I wonder though - though of course if you end up in a much larger listening room that may force your hand. I look forward to that Devialet-Quad review with anticipation
Yes, that was my thinking too. K J WestOne in central London stocks both, but I wouldn't demo the combo if I wasn't sure I could accommodate the Quads. No point in spending the rest of my life haunted by the sound of a speaker I can't have.
That is the mistake I made, indeed... It wears off, but very slowly...
OMG, priceless, I wonder who on earth you could mean?!!
I've been reading your thread with interest Matt, sounds like you've reached a fairly reasonable outcome.
I'm betting however that if you're new place has a larger room, that you'll be getting a suggestion to give the Ref 205s a go!!! BTW have you heard a Linn DS hooked up to that new amp yet?
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