Originally Posted by Chicagorep
Koven......you had me at Totem Forests!
haha, not quite sure what you meant by that.. but i had the totem forest and fritz carbon 7's side by side and the carbon 7's easily came out on top... granted, it may be due to my electronics/room, it may be due to my bias against metal tweeters, but that's just how it was for me
the only thing the forests might
have did better than the carbon 7's, was bass, but i kind of expected that
funny thing is, i actually found another carbon 7 owner on audiogon (tim_j_thomas) who switched from totem forests to carbon 7's and couldn't be happier... it was hilarious when i told him i thought the same.. then we had a nice chat about how awesome the carbon 7's are, heh
also, the carbon 7's are $1700 new compared to the $3300 forests, i was seriously in shock. i honestly though i'd pick the forests (before i heard them) but man, i can't believe how easy the decision was
Originally Posted by KyaDawn
It's pointless to try to "compare" speakers from memory. The only true way to make comparisons are same room auditions using the same equipment and source material. Often we "hear" what we want to "hear" when trying to make comparisons with our previous speakers, especially when we just bought new ones!
The 805S to me are neither "bright" nor "harsh". Sometimes these characteristics can brought on as a result of set-up or room issues. They definitely are not as smooth and sweet as the diamonds, but there are very good and a reasonably good timbre match with the more expensive 800s with diamond tweeters. Really you need to demo them in person to see if they are right for you. In the right room, they can sound very warm, dynamic, and have surprisingly good bass output. For imaging and soundstage, they are one of the best at any price for standmounts.
i'm not sure if you're referring to me, but all those speakers i listed were demoed in my room and NOT compared from memory
actually five of those speakers (including the carbon 7's) i listed are STILL in my room and being a/b'ed... although i've come to the conclusion that the only two worth deciding between are the fritz carbon 7's and proac response 1.5's... the rest falls short... whether it's due to room acoustics, preferences, or electronics, who knows, but that's just my experience
also, i'm was referring to the 805 Nautilus, i have heard that the S and D get rid of the harshness/fatigue... but hey, i've also realized that b&w's are not the end-all of speakers... sure they're great sounding and great quality.. but they're not a great VALUE.. you can get better bang for buck elsewhere. for example, the fritz carbon 7's, i have no doubt in my mind that the carbon 7's sound better than the n805's, especially when you factor in cost, the choice is a no brainer.
Originally Posted by raulduke69
I already use a Musichall DAC 25.5, with rolled tube (currently using a NOS Tesla) and I have a tube buffer, though I don't use it very much because I feel like it adds some distortion at higher volume levels.
Driving a set of Magnepan SMGa's the sound is warm and lovely although it lacks the necessary "punch" for rock music.
I am looking seriously at a set of Fritz Carbon 7's.
I think I am just not in love with the metal tweeter sound. Subjective personal preference I know...
i hate to sound like a broken record... but again, judging by your preference you will NOT be disappointed, in fact, you'll likely fall in love w/ them
did you already speak to fritz about shipping a pair to you? i'm very curious to hear what you'll think of them