But, unfortunately, I cannot afford to purchase them. And, since I snagged the Dues for $400 for the pair (NOT a typo), I've pretty much convinced myself that the sound is good enough . I'm a STRONG proponent of the "good enough" philosophy, especially when money is involved .
In my case, the AVs would have been 5x as expensive as what I paid for the Dues. Case closed.
Thats fine, I just got the impression from your previous post that the dues were just as good as the AVs or Center. IMO the dues are lacking somewhat in my system and the Centers are overkill, I would prefer something with the same mids and tweeter as the 3.1 but not as large and expensive as the C or AVs.
Nope, I simply listened. The effect is not "dramatic", but for the meager investment it is worthwhile. It's that "good enough" thing once again.
Well, now RLW says the same thing. For a meager $5.00, it's worth trying...
As I stated before I personally won't try it as I have found more reports to say it has negative effects, even damaging, then positive ones. Not to mention I have strong bass down to 21hz, so I have no need to amp the 2nd voice coil anymore.
Here I gotta disagree. Anthony Gallo designed the speakers and settled on their current height. It would have been a simple matter for him to raise them up. In addition, Gallo doesn't offer a stand to raise them up. Maybe Anthony knows what he is doing? Keep in mind that the floor is another boundary (just as the walls and ceiling are) and the Ref 3s are certainly designed to use that boundary for bass reinforcement. Raising them 12" *has* to change that interaction, and I'm betting that the change is not for the better.
Actually last I checked Gallo endorses the Bright Star Audio IsoRock stands, they make a stand specifically for the Ref series. I have read in reviews that Anthony himself recommends these stands for any users, and also was told this by a Gallo rep when I contacted them about raising my speakers up.
If you can't measure your speakers you can't really tell how your changes will affect them, and aren't really qualified to statements about bass output. I do freq sweeps in order to determine the effect of changes and have spent a very long time getting my system to where it is now. I am happy to say I have ~ +/- 4db from 120hz-20hz with just the Ref 3.1s being powered with the 1st voice coil. Raising the 3.1s up contributed to this flatness, not to mention the benefits to vocals and highs having the tweeter at ear level.
They are held together with Scotch tape. Works great. They do not slide whatsoever. Also, the speakers are sitting on wall-to-wall carpet so the spikes are burrowing into that. The speakers are very stable, and much more so than they would be if sitting on 12" boxes. Just *try* my tweak, it doesn't cost a dime, and is easily reversible if you don't like it. Plus, the stands don't look very good if you have the Cherry or Maple bases.
I have tried your tweak, I preferred it to the normal orientation but didn't prefer it to having the speakers 12in up, they also measured much better higher up.
As for stability my speakers are just as stable on their 50lb platforms as they would be on the ground. I agree that if you have any color other then black they would look funny.