Originally Posted by Grenamc
I think it's great you enjoyed them as much as you did with their grills installed. That says a lot for your contentment. And the redwood hand-rubbed veneer is incredible. Nice stuff. Your wife's dislike of the coffin look turned out as well. Those are statement speakers.
Thanks Michael. Now I am glad that she insisted on a squared off cabinet, and that Jim was able to accommodate us, because I think your right, they are statement speakers. I can honestly say that they are one of a kind! Jim said that they haven't built any HT3s before mine with the squared-off cabinets, they have always been the "monkey coffins" (a term I lovingly borrow from Dennis Murphy) Now that there have been one pair made, I am sure there will be at least a few more requests in the future. Reactions have been a bit mixed to the shape... many like the rectangles, and several prefer the original shape. Thats cool, I love what I got, and it's great that we have options...
As to the sound with the grills on. They sounded good, but not great. Certainly better than what I had. They were missing the high end sparkle, the sizzle and crispness that influenced my decision to get them in the first place. I am still surprised that such a thin layer of fabric can affect the sound as it does, and that that effect is so localized in frequency.
Yesterday, I was listening to some Pixies and was amazed that I was hearing guitar tones and separation between instruments that I had never heard before. I have been a huge fan of the Pixies since about 1988 and have listened to their music on a regular basis ever since then, how could I possibly hear anything new in it? Well I did, and I have a feeling I will continue to for some time to come with the Pixies, and many other bands that I am very familiar with. Perhaps it is that very familiarity with the music that allows us to hear new things in it. I mean, unless we know the music extremely well, claiming to hear something new in a recording would be a somewhat common experience that comes with repeated listening. Not in this case. I was hearing two distinct guitars with two distinct tones with each having very much it's own character. Before, I only heard one loud wash of sound that was a blend between the two guitars. All this when I wasn't really paying attention to what was playing, and sitting well outside of the sweetspot.