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Yes, that is a good looking finish! I think those speakers will do really well.
 

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Looks really good, albeit in the limited context of one shot. Up close. From one angle. Implemented on a curved cabinet.

Will be interesting to see if it still looks as good from multiple angles on a rectangular cabinet, when viewing the entire speaker at a greater distance.
 

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Looks really good, albeit in the limited context of one shot. Up close. From one angle. Implemented on a curved cabinet.

Will be interesting to see if it still looks as good from multiple angles on a rectangular cabinet, when viewing the entire speaker at a greater distance.
I've never known Dennis to do or be associated with anything that was done half ass, confident that other angles will be as visually pleasing as the one provided. Look forward to more speaker porn, hopefully soon.
 
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I've never known Dennis to do or be associated with anything that was done half ass, confident that other angles will be as visually pleasing as the one provided. Look forward to more speaker porn, hopefully soon.
I'm reserving judgement until I see more pics. Take the painting or wallpapering of a room example. You get a small section of wallpaper. Or a few paint chips of one color, or maybe a small section of sample paint that you throw up on a wall to see how it looks. And you decide you like it. But then, after painting or wallpapering an entire room with that color or pattern, you have the awful realization that the color or pattern is all wrong (too dark, too light, too busy, etc.).

So I'm not talking the quality of the finishing job, per se. But strictly the aesthetics of the finish.
 

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I'm reserving judgement until I see more pics. Take the painting or wallpapering of a room example. You get a small section of wallpaper. Or a few paint chips of one color, or maybe a small section of sample paint that you throw up on a wall to see how it looks. And you decide you like it. But then, after painting or wallpapering an entire room with that color or pattern, you have the awful realization that the color or pattern is all wrong (too dark, too light, too busy, etc.).

So I'm not talking the quality of the finishing job, per se. But strictly the aesthetics of the finish.
Here are more pics of the veneer and finish for the new mini monitor and the BMR. A flash always accentuates the grain and color, so the actual appearance is more subtle and darker. I don't have a suitable pic of the BMR because the test cabinet has a different finish, and the pics the factory took recently suck. Please note that the tweeter in this mini isn't the same as the one in the actual production version. This one has the usual suspect RAAL, and the real one will have an Aurum Cantus AMT driver that can be crossed lower.


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Just showing off... I'm really happy how good this setup is working: Philharmonic Audio Affordable Accuracy Monitor on top of a SVS PB-1000 subwoofer. And yes, that is Jim Clark in the awesome Lotus 49 at Silverstone 1967. The paintings are from my late mother.

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Here are more pics of the veneer and finish for the new mini monitor and the BMR. A flash always accentuates the grain and color, so the actual appearance is more subtle and darker. I don't have a suitable pic of the BMR because the test cabinet has a different finish, and the pics the factory took recently suck. Please note that the tweeter in this mini isn't the same as the one in the actual production version. This one has the usual suspect RAAL, and the real one will have an Aurum Cantus AMT driver that can be crossed lower.


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Hey Dennis how does that Aurum Cantus AMT driver compare to Raal?
 

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Hey Dennis how does that Aurum Cantus AMT driver compare to Raal?
One doesn't dominate over the other. For a 3-way intended for far field listening, I would go with the RAAL because of its superior horizontal dispersion. But for a 2-way, particularly one that will often be used nearfield, I prefer the AC because it can be crossed lower with less distortion. The AC version of the mini has a little more clarity in the lower treble, and that's more important in this application than a very wide and deep soundstage from, say, a 10 - 12ft listening distance. They're identically priced, so that wasn't a factor.
 

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One doesn't dominate over the other. For a 3-way intended for far field listening, I would go with the RAAL because of its superior horizontal dispersion. But for a 2-way, particularly one that will often be used nearfield, I prefer the AC because it can be crossed lower with less distortion. The AC version of the mini has a little more clarity in the lower treble, and that's more important in this application than a very wide and deep soundstage from, say, a 10 - 12ft listening distance. They're identically priced, so that wasn't a factor.
Thank you I look forward to hearing both the mini and BMR.
 

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hi dennis,would the mini work well as main's in room at a distance of 8-9 feet or is it tuned to work best near boundaries?
The answer is yes. It's tuned for near boundaries, and it's tuned for far field listening. One of the reasons I chose the SB Acoustics ceramic woofer is that its parameters allow it to work either ported or sealed. The mini's will come with a plug for the rear port, so you can run it open or sealed.
 

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rather than go back and try to find it..reminder for me...do both the mini and the new Phil use the SB acoustic ceramic woofer?
 

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The answer is yes. It's tuned for near boundaries, and it's tuned for far field listening. One of the reasons I chose the SB Acoustics ceramic woofer is that its parameters allow it to work either ported or sealed. The mini's will come with a plug for the rear port, so you can run it open or sealed.
that's good news.that will make this a very versatile speaker.i can't tell from the photos is it using the 4 inch or the 5 inch sb woofer?
 

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that's good news.that will make this a very versatile speaker.i can't tell from the photos is it using the 4 inch or the 5 inch sb woofer?
that's good news.that will make this a very versatile speaker.i can't tell from the photos is it using the 4 inch or the 5 inch sb woofer?
The Mini uses the 5" Ceramic, which is an amazing woofer. I'm finishing a new version of the Salk SongTower using two of them in a Paul Kittinger transmission line cabinet along with the Aurum Cantus AMT, and they shake the room at 34 Hz. But not in the mini cabinet. The ported version will make it down to 55 Hz, and the sealed is a hair under 70 Hz. No replacement for displacement and all that. The BMR uses the 6" ceramic and pretty much replicates the bass extension of the Scan woofer, but with a little less power handling. A major advantage of both woofers is their smooth response above 1 kHz. That simplifies crossover design and for the BMR allows 2nd order slopes for increased sensitivity. The missing element in the lineup is a tower, but I hope to remedy that fairly shortly. I already have a design using the ceramic 8", but I'm also in the middle of designing a version with the same Scan 8" Revelator that was in the Philharmonic 3. I'll have to see whether it's worth the added cost over the ceramic version (both with two BMR mids and a RAAL tweet).
 

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If you guys can accept "not exactly the same" pictures, I have quite a few BMR and Minis. Dennis has posted a few Minis. We've been selling the piano finish BMR in Taiwan and have lots of speaker pictures. The walnut piano finish is the new finish everyone likes.
 
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