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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBZ6IEKX4wA

Would any of you spend this much though? RETAIL PRICE: $180,000
Anyone on this site own this speaker or got to hear it at a store? if so what was your impression of it
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I heard the slightly smaller version of the grand utopia's once. They were incredible sounding, like nothing I have ever heard. There are other speakers in that price range, Magico comes to mind. Keep in mind that by the time you are done with associated equipment, 500k is about what you are looking at. If I had the funds and the right room, I would do it in a heart beat.

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I like your set up in the pic g_bartman. it is impressive. I saw on a site today some genesis speaker was like 400,000. You could buy a nice house for that.
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Would any of you spend this much though? RETAIL PRICE: $180,000
Anyone on this site own this speaker or got to hear it at a store? if so what was your impression of it

Begs the question how many resonances, buzzes and rattles are buried in that stack of black boxes.

I prefer audio systems that start themselves, and don't need cranking! ;-)
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Begs the question how many resonances, buzzes and rattles are buried in that stack of black boxes.

I prefer audio systems that start themselves, and don't need cranking! ;-)

Brings a new meaning to "crank it up." You would think for that kind of cash, it would have a push button start in stead of a crank.

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I had the opportunity to listen to the Grand Utopias as AXPONA about a month ago. They are stunning. More lifelike music reproduction than any other speaker I have heard. Simply incredible to listen to. I will never be able to afford them, but listening was a great experience. The Nova Utopias were set up in a different room. Same beautiful sound, just on a smaller scale. Can't say any of the other mega-dollar speakers I heard that weekend impressed me as much, but I also really liked the Sonus Faber Amati's.
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I heard the Diablo Utopia's a while back...... with Bryston gear if memory is correct.

Super, amazing, and borderline surreal sound?

Absolutely.

Was it any worse, or worlds better, than any other mega-mega-buck systems I've heard?

....................that may be up for debate wink.gif

2.0 > 7.1
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Anyone else got to hear these? Arny I also wasn't sure if I liked having to crank the speaker also.
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I hope for that money the crank is used to wind up an internal power supply so I could make these babies portable!
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I've heard a couple of cost-no-object demonstration rigs including one rig with the Utopias. They were rather boringly perfect. However, I didn't crank up any big orchestral works on them, which is probably why. If anything, that was one of the key things I've learned: What you're attempting to do or reproduce in your living room, home or office is most important. I am not interested in trying to simulate an orchestra in my living room, so my speakers are small.

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Yes, impressive looking. ..So much so that I wonder how much their appearance affects what people hear. I don't doubt those huge drivers facilitate greater SPL's, and perhaps eliminate the need for subwoofers, but are those speakers any more linear than a far more modest speaker? ..When playing at 85 db, how much better do they sound than any one of a boatload of other well designed speakers that cost less than $5-6 K? It's a fact that what we hear can be affected by what we see, and when what we see looks like THAT, it's going to be hard for many audio buffs to not be impressed.
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I don't doubt those huge drivers facilitate greater SPL's, and perhaps eliminate the need for subwoofers, but are those speakers any more linear than a far more modest speaker? ..When playing at 85 db, how much better do they sound than any one of a boatload of other well designed speakers that cost less than $5-6 K? It's a fact that what we hear can be affected by what we see, and when what we see looks like THAT, it's going to be hard for many audio buffs to not be impressed.

Large drivers have a place and can be advantageous.

Large drivers provide directivity control which can be advantageous in the upper bass and lower midrange. They facilitate greater air displacement which is important at low frequencies.

I've seen and heard up to 8 18" drivers used for a technical advantage in a subwoofer array.

It also depends on what you call large in these days of 3" LF drivers. ;-)
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