Originally Posted by Dennis Murphy
I'll certainly second that. And the best part is--you never noticed the
0W2 tweet hiding behind that fake LCY face plate. It certainly was easier than designing a whole new crossover. Well..............gotta go.
Uh--Nuance? Just kidding. It was an 0W4. We wanted to give you something for that extra $$$$$.
OK--it was really a ribbon. I'm glad it survived the stereo test. I did have one advantage over you, though--I was able to A-B the 0W2 and the LCY with my magic comparo box, albeit in mono. And if you could have been there, I think you would have agreed that, although the ribbon does have superior HF extension and a more natural presentation of transients like cymbals and triangles, the more noticeable difference is a "rounder" or "fuller" sound in the transition area between the woofer and tweeter. I wouldn't have expected that. Ribbons certainly aren't known for their low frequency extension. But the LCY pulls it off, due I would presume to their "double" ribbon construction. (It's really one wide ribbon with a slit in the middle.) I've noticed this in every design I've done with the lcy. It's definitely my favorite ribbon of those I've tried.
Thanks again for the thorough (and articulate) appraisal. I can't say that I used any of those CD's in voicing the ST, but apparently what works on Mozart works on In Flames. Who knew?
Dennis - I love your sense of humor! You had me laughing out loud a number of times.
Yeah, who knew that a design tuned for classical would sound good with brutal heavy metal? Of course, I listen to a lot of classical, and let me say that while listening to "Firebird" today I was blown away. Truly amazing!
On a related note, rock and heavy metal both have heavy classical roots. I guess that's why I like all of those genres of music, though classical is much more pleasant and easier to listen to.
What you said about the ease and fullness of the transition between the woofer and the tweeter certainly makes sense to me. I heard no vocal "grain" or thinness, just a smooth transition. I wonder if that's the reason the vocals were so full, large and present? Either way, I love it! And it's funny, cause after reading about Tim's issues with "graininess" in the upper mids, I listened intently for it while listening to the Ribbon ST's. I heard nothing of the sort but rather a smooth transition. Thanks God (and Dennis and Jim
Dennis, you do fantastic work buddy. Thanks so much for making this possible! Now that Jim will have a pair of SongTower RT's to compare to the stock ST's and HT2's I'd be curious to see how close the ribbon ST's come to the HT2's in terms of performance.