Jim and I ordered a pair of the upper echelon radian 12" co-ax designs for evaluation a while back...maybe 2(?) years ago now...not really sure. Impressions were not good, not at all. When I unboxed them I thought..."okay, these LOOK very nice" It was all down hill from there.
We also ordered a couple of the crossovers radian recommended we use with them. We had no intention of using an off-the-shelf crossover but figured it can't hurt to see how they worked. Ugh. It was so bad we thought they had sent us the wrong part #.
Nope, after a few calls to their "tech" guys they confirmed we had the correct crossovers. Ok, so these $60 each(?) crossovers that were falling apart when we got them so we had re-solder/secure a few things AND they measured this awful? Not a good sign. But not a deal-breaker, like I said we never intended to use them for more than passing curiosity anyway.
The drivers were just as bad. First one assembly was built *off* so we had to try to re align one of the motors. But both units had raw FR measurements on our Clio system that were so bad there was no way we were going to waste any time even TRYING to get them to work with a passive network. Now this is one model out of I don't know how many they sell so it is a limited sample size to be sure. On the other hand, when we did voice our concern about the various build quality/performance issues no one there seemed to have much interest and we were even questioned why we were worried about poor measurements----we were told to just bolt them together and see how they sounded(sound familiar?). Now, if the measurements were OKAY, just not great, we probably would have done just that. But the measurements were so bad, I mean *bad*. We actually sent them back and asked for a refund. And Jim/I have been purchasing driver samples of some sort for almost 20 years now. And I have *never* asked for a refund for any of them, ever. If they didn't meet our expectations, hey, that's life. That's why we order 5-10 different designs at a time, just to see what platform works best for our goals and we can customize if from there for complete optimization. So we're USED to rejecting >90% in these scenarios. But these were just *so* bad there was no way they were keeping our money.
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