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Location: Iowa City, Iowa
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Off topic abit, but just wanted to share this with EMP owners. I recently bought a speaker pair from Dennis Murphy, as I wanted a really good ribbon tweeter speaker in my "mostly music" bedroom set up. This speaker doesn't show up on his web site yet, and I essential bought a "B" stock speaker that he built, tested and then sent to someone to review. I think only two pairs exist at this point. I will do a full review on it in a seperate thread when I have put a few more "ear miles" on the speaker. The one unique thing about this speaker is Dennis has installed a BMR driver as the midrange. The notion was this would allow for a more seemless crossover between midrange and tweeter, as there is greater overlap in the freq that a BMR can produce (in fact, the Cambridge Audio Aero2 using the BMR as a tweeter, which I think was a fail, but...)
Now, we EMP owners all know how outstanding the midrange driver is in the Impression series speakers! I was concern that after listening to those, I wouldn't like a speaker with a more recessed midrange and the BMR is a more recessed speaker for sure. No question, the EMP speakers have better midrange- you can argue that is their strength or perhaps their weakness, since I assume they wouldn't be complete "flat". The measurements Dennis showed me for this speaker are pretty flat, +/- 3 db from just below 40 hz to 20 khz, he said it is flat down to 32, but the graph didn't quite support that. I assume the EMP speakers have a bit of a hump in the midrange , which missing that will take some getting use to. Clearly, the scanspeaker 7" woofer is superior and produces lower and more accurate bass below 50 hz than the 6.5 of the Impression series. Of course, some of that is the crossover and that fact that the EMP are designed to not push it at the low end. Anyway, the Phil-BMR produces some very impressive and faithful bass!
And of course, what make the Phil-BMR sing is the RAAL ribbon tweeter- this is the same ribbon that is in the AA Sierra 2 and man, it really makes these speakers a full level better than most dome tweeter in terms of clarity and detail! From Classical, to Jazz and to Rock, the absolute clarity of the tweeter allows you to hear distinct string plucks, and it seems like horns become more distinct and clear. For musical detail, this speaker is really excellent!
Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub