After years of buying what I thought were great systems and then having to tweak them to get the open deep sound stage that I could listen to all day, but just missing the mark a little here and a little there. I realized that I needed a known master and professional who could end my streak of "almost right" and "if I did this different" experiments.
So I checked around a bit and Philip Bamberg's name came up again and again as one of the best out there who has quietly and consistently pushed the envelope of accuracy.
For a reasonable price Phil agreed to help me reach audio nirvana with an old system I had tossed aside in disappointment. The drivers were the Scan Speak 8545K and the Scan Speak 9300 which came out of a Borealis kit. He said he has worked with my drivers before and that he could bring my system into complete amplitude and phase alignment. That will get my drivers to display all they could into an open sound stage and accurate musical representation of what the recording engineer had intended.
What makes this easy for us is I have a modified Behringer DCX and he agreed to send me the program to make sure I am completely satisfied with what he did before we go passive. He said this is part of his normal development routine anyway. If all goes well, I'll know I can trust him to build my dream system. Starting with an existing rework, no matter what happens, I have a relatively low investment in a really good bet. And chances are I will end up with a really nice set of upgraded speakers. Besides, it’s even easy to do a before/after comparison this way.
After some back and forth emails and phone calls, I shipped him my speakers. Phil said he will need them for only a week or two. I will wait with great expectations to see what Phil can do to coax these old pair of drivers into bringing music to life. I finally turned to someone I believed could take a set of drivers and get real music out of them.