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This thread is being started in an effort to organize the overwhelming Diva traffic that has started to monopolize the front page of the AVS Audio Forum lately.

The Divas are a loudspeaker system that many of the current contributors to this Forum consider to be an extraordinary price/performance/service value in today's crowded and confusing audio market. While most of the owners who have purchased the Divas are enthusiastic about our systems, none of us to my knowledge has any professional association with the company who markets the product.

The Divas are designed and marketed by AV123, an American company, and manufactured in China. The owner and associates of AV123 occasionally post here in an effort to answer any questions that cannot be answered by the other contributors. Their posts are clearly marked as to their professional relationship with the company. They are:

Mark Schifter, President

Steve Ozmai, Associate

Russell Woolfolk, Associate

The Diva web site can be viewed here: www.**********


Clearly the groundswell of interest in the Diva speakers will result in the occasional battle of wits. I'm confident however that we can continue to post our questions and experiences both positive and negative in the friendly, conscientious manner the current Diva owners are famous for.

As an enthusiastic Diva owner myself, I would like to thank the Forum owners and moderators for allowing us room on their site to continue these discussions, and thank the other Divans for their past contributions and current assistance in directing traffic here for the time being.

Thanks, and have fun,

Russ Tarvin

Here are the links to the two monster threads:
Diva by Swans Part 1
Diva by Swans Part 2
Diva FAQ Page

Diva Audition Registry is here.

I never expected this thread to get so big, so now I've been asked to remind people that by using the search function they can easily navigate to any topic or post they are interested in, and believe me, if it has anything to do with Divas, it is in here somewhere you just have to look. And thank you all for making this thread such a success.

Russ
 

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Steve, I think this was brought up way back in the part 1 thread. I recall it was either weight limit &/or handling issue that AV123 decided to use private freight companies. Unfortunately even these folks still have occasional problems with individual local vendor/contractors. All you can do is notify AV123 and see if they can somehow straighten things out for you or at least so the next customer will fare better.


Btw, they do ship FedEx on some of their other products, I believe. Thanks for you great review on the 6.1 & Paradigm RS100. I agree your bigger room & smaller amp did have some influence on the outcome. Have a good one.


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Thanks Russ. I'm only bummed 'cause I was hoping the break the 'page views' record. Well, I don't know what the record is, but at DVDtalk.com, they have a thread with over 102,000 views :)


I am sure you are all waiting in dire anticipation *dripping with sarcasm*, for pics of my new audio rack. Well, it's done (almost) and in my home...well...apartment anyway. I'll get some pics up this weekend :D (I'm just happy I'm finally done - for a month or two anyway hehe)



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OK, if this is the unofficial thread...


Why doesn't AV123 use FedEx ground?


--Steve
We are actually looking at that now...


We LOVE USF and I used them for a long time at Genesis also. DHL as well is the best of the best for the type and style of package delivery they do...


Thanks...


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Where are the Divas made? In the US or somewhere else?
They are made in The People's Republic of China...


All the best...


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God bless this thread....
All of us join in your nice comment... :)


All the best...


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This thread is being started in an effort to organize the overwhelming Diva traffic that has started to monopolize the front page of the AVS Audio Forum lately.

The Divas are a loudspeaker system that many of the current contributors to this Forum consider to be an extraordinary price/performance/service value in today's crowded and confusing audio market. While most of the owners who have purchased the Divas are enthusiastic about our systems, none of us to my knowledge has any professional association with the company who markets the product.

The Divas are designed and marketed by AV123, an American company, and manufactured in China. The owner and associates of AV123 occasionally post here in an effort to answer any questions that cannot be answered by the other contributors. Their posts are clearly marked as to their professional relationship with the company. They are:

Mark Schifter, President

Steve Ozmai, Associate

Russell Woolfolk, Associate

The Diva web site can be viewed here: www.**********

Clearly the groundswell of interest in the Diva speakers will result in the occasional battle of wits. I'm confident however that we can continue to post our questions and experiences both positive and negative in the friendly, conscientious manner the current Diva owners are famous for.

As an enthusiastic Diva owner myself, I would like to thank the Forum owners and moderators for allowing us room on their site to continue these discussions, and thank the other Divans for their past contributions and current assistance in directing traffic here for the time being.

Thanks, and have fun,

Russ Tarvin
Hey Russ...


We most defintely join in expressing our sincerest thanks...


and for your kind words...


All the best...


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Rsg1,

Please see the first post in this thread. :)


My Divas came US Freight in 3 days. I wasn't home, but they were stacked neatly in my garage when I got there. Boy was Shelly surprised.


Sean,

Oops, sorry man. :eek: I had no idea we had a chance at a record. Did we hit a record for AVS? Parts 2 will continue to live on I'm sure. There is too much Diva historical info archived there as well as in part one. It's probably better than having it locked. This way, it can still be bumped.
 

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I forgot to mention that Russ is the man...


Here is the final breakdown:


rt297 118

pmf 64

Archrr 49

MaxC 43

Mark L. Schifter 36

HuskerHarley 31

Steve Ozmai 26

bigwally 25

phyre3 23

JoelO 18



Russ killed everyone with his DivaLove :D
 

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On with the new thread. I ordered my set of Divas earlier this week and they have shipped via US Freightways. The tracking provided seems very lacking. I have no idea where my speakers are. A portion of the tracking reads as follows.


Status: Short Form Booked Ship Date: 01/30/2002

Origin/Country: LAX / US Dest./Country: BOS / US


What does this mean? Where are the speakers? Any info would be greatly appreciated. I am eagerly anticipating their arrival. Thanks.
 

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I'd like to clear up some misconceptions regarding the "Made In China" issues some AVS members have commented on.


On occasions, I've seen members referring to the Chinese made Divas as "supporting sweat shops, supporting Communism, and inferior build."


These misconceptions are far from the truth. Steve, Russel, and Mark showed us the link to the Hi-Vi Research factory tour. From all evidence shown, the factory is modern and very efficient. The factory seem to be top notch with sleeping and recreation quarters (see basketball court) and I'm sure air conditioning in buildings. And as one can see, there are no employees "sweating" to make these speakers.


The Hi-Vi Research in Panyu qualifies as one of the better Chinese factories in the Donguang Province. I can tell you this because my company's factory is also in the same province. Our company started building the Chinese factory in 1992 and have since grown to 200,000 sq. feet. It is very modern with provisions for the workers such as AC, sleeping quarters, basketball court, sanitized bathrooms, and even food allocations. It was the first factory in the province to set this standard with hundreds to follow thereafter.


Chinese made should not equate to inferior parts (that honor belongs to the Taiwanese companies :) - an inside manufacturers joke). Hundreds of US companies use China for their products. In my company's case, we manufacture ethernet, power, and telecom components. And I can tell you that leading NASDAQ networking companies don't come to us for inferior parts; it's all about the quality. Many Chinese companies are either TUV or ISO certified and I'm sure Hi-Vi is no exception.


Chinese labor might be cheap, but I can tell you the workers would gladly work in these modern air conditioned factories vs. their alternatives.


And the so-called concern of "supporting communism" is ludicrous. What decade are these members living in when they make such comments! Look at your computers, clothing, electronics...without China, do you really think Wal-Mart would be the leading revenue company on the Fortune 500?


This is a global market and Hi-Vi fits nicely into that. Bravo to them and AV123 for bringing these speakers to our shores with high quality and value.


A side note - I'm only 50hrs. in breaking my Divas. A review of them vs. my old Monitor Audio Silver series to follow in a couple weeks.
 

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Well said Vu.
 

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On with the new thread. I ordered my set of Divas earlier this week and they have shipped via US Freightways.
Good luck David, I'm sure they will be there soon. You're lucky though. I ordered my 6.1's, c3, r3's on Wednesday and was told that the 6.1's are backordered until sometime around the 14th of Feb. Geez, I hope that Paradigm RS100 gremlin doesn't strike before they ship. :)


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I mentioned this on another thread but like to suggest it again here:


I think that we should re-direct "Diva" related questions to this thread so that duplicate questions don't get asked, so that all questions get answered, and so other threads don't get bumped off (to fast):D. Also, this would help others who may have the same question from having to read several threads, or doing a search and coming up with 30 possible hits. I think if new Diva threads pop up we should direct the person to post in this thread. What do you all think?
 

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OMG, I need to get some of these Divas just so I can join the LoveFest.


Kidding.


I've never heard em, but they really do look like a solid value for the $. My next puchase might be a few of the bookshelves for multi-room listening.


--Steve
 

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Just got my Diva package (sans the back-ordered 2.1s :( ... btw, anyone have an idea when the 2.1s will ship? - no biggie for now, as I can use a pair of B&W 601s for surrounds for a bit)


Had to leave work to meet the driver at my house, so I didn't have too much time to "tend" to them - but I did manage to unpack one 4.1 (man, it's true what folks say about the sweeeet packaging job AV123 does ... thanks, fellas!) and sneak a quick peak at the finish - looks beaut! It's true what folks say - the pix don't do these things justice!


Now if only they sound 1/2 as good as folks claim!! :D


I'll find out this weekend, though - will be picking up my receiver tonight (decided on the Denon 3802 - thanks for the input on the other thread, all!)


One question - while the brass-plated feet that came w/the 4.1s are quite nice, a satin/brushed nickel finish would work 100x better w/our decor!


Anyone know where I might be able to find feet w/this finish that would work w/Divas? If not, AV123 - have you folks ever considered selling a satin/brushed nickel finish "footer option kit" for the speakers?


Thanks again, all!


- Ali
 
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