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Oh, I thought you had discontinued the 22s. That's why I was confused. I bet a full set with the 52s up front would sound great.

I hope I'm able to try out the Slims Jr's or the Philharmonitors eventually. All of your products seem to offer a lot of value for the money. Especially the Affordable Accuracy line.

Well, it would be less confusing if I got everything posted on my site, but I'm scrambling to get stuff ready for the Capital Audio Fest and to fill the AA orders I already have. I'll get everything together. Sometime.
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Well, it would be less confusing if I got everything posted on my site, but I'm scrambling to get stuff ready for the Capital Audio Fest and to fill the AA orders I already have. I'll get everything together. Sometime.
Haha, well have fun at the show, what are you taking with you?
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Haha, well have fun at the show, what are you taking with you?

Well, I'm starting with several dozen Philharmonic Audio chocolate chip cookies. They always seem to get the best reviews from Stereophile. If anyone wants to listen to speakers, I'll have a pair of rosewood Phil 3's, the new Phil Slims Jr's, the Philharmonitors, and the Affordable Accuracy monitors and towers.
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Wow, so the 52s are $275 a pair, I thought you were talking about the 22s, great job Dennis.
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Mmmm. cookies...
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If anyone wants to listen to speakers, I'll have a pair of rosewood Phil 3's, the new Phil Slims Jr's, the Philharmonitors, and the Affordable Accuracy monitors and towers.
Wish I could go and listen to those!
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Philharmonic "Slim Jr." Tower

Has anyone received them? Listening impressions?
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Has anyone received them? Listening impressions?
Which? I have the AA center and bookshelf fronts and surrounds (Dennis did different work internally as he knew one pair was for surrounds). I'm having the time of my life watching movies. Wife and kids can't be gone long enough (c:

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Has anyone received them? Listening impressions?
HI. I've only delivered a couple of the Slims Jr's so far, and not to people who frequent the forums. But I will have a pair at the Capital Audio Fest starting this Friday.
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My Salk built Philharmonic center with a RAAL, tangband mid and dual woofers arrives tomorrow along with a 15" Salk Rhythmik sub. Unfortunately, my wife has not yet picked out an entertainment center so I haven't mounted the TV or set up the system for the room it will be in but I'll post pics as soon as I do.
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HI. I've only delivered a couple of the Slims Jr's so far, and not to people who frequent the forums. But I will have a pair at the Capital Audio Fest starting this Friday.
I am surprised that you haven't sold more of the Slims. Although I haven't heard them, from hearing the Philharmonic 2's, I would think the Slims would be at the top of someone's choice in it's category. At the price, you can't beat it for a tower speaker that has a natural sound.

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Just got back from CAF after hearing the Phil 3's, Slim Jr's and Affordable monitors. All three were the most impressive in the show, IMHO, especially in their respective price categories! Great job, Dennis! You deserve all the accolades I'm sure you'll receive.
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Just got back from CAF after hearing the Phil 3's, Slim Jr's and Affordable monitors. All three were the most impressive in the show, IMHO, especially in their respective price categories! Great job, Dennis! You deserve all the accolades I'm sure you'll receive.


I was so busy listening to those great speakers and talking to you and Jim Salk that I completely overlooked the fact that your famous chocolate chip cookies were missing at your show
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I have heard a lot about the Affordable monitors as I am searching for some bookshelf speakers. I have already tried the Pioneers and while they were alright I was not blown away. Are the upgrades really that impressive? How much of a difference do the changes make and how high up the chain can they compete?

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I was so busy listening to those great speakers and talking to you and Jim Salk that I completely overlooked the fact that your famous chocolate chip cookies were missing at your show

You can blame the Sheraton Hotel management for that. They threatened to close down any room that had food or drink not prepared by the hotel. And I haven't heard great things about the Sheraton chocolate chippies.
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The best thing I can say about the Sheraton's chocolate chip cookies is that they don't have any.
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I have heard a lot about the Affordable monitors as I am searching for some bookshelf speakers. I have already tried the Pioneers and while they were alright I was not blown away. Are the upgrades really that impressive? How much of a difference do the changes make and how high up the chain can they compete?
The upgrades to the Pioneers that Dennis made were remarkable. Dennis had his large Phil 3's, Slim Jr's and the Affordable Monitors there at CAF, and, as I said, those monitors completely stole the show.

People kept constantly coming up front to look for the subwoofer when the monitors were playing (and there was no subwoofer!) or to see which speaker set was actually playing at the time. In fact they usually asked for "A/B's" between the monitors and the 3's because the differences between them were so unbelievably subtle. All that for $165/pair!

The enormous difference between the Pioneer's and the AAM's can be totally attributable to Dennis's remarkable crossover mods. He said it takes him a day to mod each set of Pioneer's.

I was truly impressed.

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The upgrades to the Pioneers that Dennis made were remarkable. Dennis had his large Phil 3's, Slim Jr's and the Affordable Monitors there at CAF, and, as I said, those monitors completely stole the show.

People kept constantly coming up front to look for the subwoofer when the monitors were playing (and there was no subwoofer!) or to see which speaker set was actually playing at the time. In fact they usually asked for "A/B's" between the monitors and the 3's because the differences between them were so unbelievably subtle. All that for $165/pair!

The enormous difference between the Pioneer's and the AAM's can be totally attributable to Dennis's remarkable crossover mods. He said it takes him a day to mod each set of Pioneer's.

I was truly impressed.
Thanks for posting your reactions, Preston. I just want to clarify a couple of points. First, the stock Pioneers are unquestionably an excellent bargain. And the woofer and cabinet tuning are superb--I'm not sure how Pioneer got so much clean and extended bass out of a little 4" woofer. I kept the woofer in tact, and all I did to the cabinet was add adhesive sound treatment to the inner walls. The main change is a new tweeter, which is made by the Scandinavian company Vifa. I revised the crossover to integrate the new tweeter properly, and to add some baffle step compensation to the woofer to provide more detail in the midrange and hand over more of the reproduction duties to the tweeter.
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The AA Monitors are amazing. I packed them to move and had to open them back up to listen. Tonally spot on and super resolving for such affordable speakers.
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I unboxed my Salk built Philharmonic center last night. Dimensions were 24.5" wide X 12.75" deep X 12.5" tall.







Pictures don't do it justice. It really is great looking. Heavy too. I don't know how accurate it is but the truck driver who delivered my Salk Rythmik 15" sub and this center said the shipping weight of the two items was 279lbs.

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Talk about personal service...there's this guy named Dennis Murphy who makes speakers and crossover networks that he sells, apparently one at a time, and usually to order. Heard about him? He does most of this marvelous engineering himself.

Well I took the leap after the CAF and bought his Philharmonic Slims off the floor at CAF. Well...not entirely true because I had really committed to them beforehand.

Well, the story all started when I originally showed interest in his speakers last month. Found him here on the Board. I told him I had a pair of 1981 Bose 601 floor standers that needed woofer attention after my 30+ years of "abuse", and that I was considering getting them rehpaired. I got a local estimate for $500 apiece for re-foaming and cleaning up the 4 8" woofers.

Well, I told Dennis the estimate, and he said that was a ridiculous price to pay. Dennis lives about a half hour away from me near DC. He actually drove over to my house to meet me and to assess the speaker condition knowing full well that my existing 601's might be restorable, and that he may well not sell me a thing.

Dennis came over, looked at the 601's and said he could take the woofers out himself and ship them to Parts Express for repairs. He did that...at his own cost at that point! I did nothing but sit and watch him go to work removing all the woofers.

Even before the woofers came back to him, I had already decided to buy his Philharmonic Slim, Jr's. after all the rave reviews here--no matter how the 601's would come back.

I heard the Slim, Jr's. for the first time at the DC CAF and was enormously impressed. Dennis drove up to my house today with a car full of speakers, and installed the repaired Bose 601 woofers and the new Slim, Jr's. from the show in our adjacent living room.

I'm sitting here enjoying the marvelous sounds bounding forth from both the Bose 601's (which should now last another 30 years when passed on to my grandchildren), and the unbelievable Philharmonic Slim, Jr's. now happily sitting in the other room fully balanced and personally configured by this guy, Dennis Murphy.

I am no expert on speakers but I can tell you I am one happy guy sitting here listening to my Bach and Beethoven classics as if I were sitting in the orchestra.

Back to Dennis. This guy must be the last engineer/musician/speaker designer/entrepreneur on earth who will pull ALL the stops out to make his customers happy. Of this I am convinced.

THANK YOU, DENNIS MURPHY for your so refreshing personal service and talents...and for your caring more about my music and making me happy than about making a new fortune--which you certainly could do!

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