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Spatial M3 and M5 Sapphire speakers

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I ran across Spatial Audio last year when they were demonstrating the M3 turbos at CAF, very impressive but they weren't quite there

for me at the high frequency end vs my Magnepan 1.7's This year they have new models with a full range dome tweeter and I'm seriously

considering buying the M5's to replace my Maggies, quite a dynasty change for me since I've not been found an alternative I liked

for under $10k since 2011. Like the Maggies they have no cabinet resonance because they have no cabinet enclosed drivers, just a frame

the drivers are mounted on.

 

Demonstrated at CAF 2019 were the M3 Sapphires, using an Innuos Zen Mk3 source, Lampizator Amber DAC and Linear Tube Audio

Z10 integrated amplifier. It was my favorite room at the show largely because it had the airiness I expect in good playback and bass reproduction

was spot on, with a total system cost under $20k. (1)Clarity of reproduction at low volume setting was excellent which is my big bone of contention

with the 1.7's... can't play music quietly with them, you lose resolution.(2) highly efficient speakers ~92db/1w. None the less with a 10w amp I could

detect a sense of struggle in more complex passages where more wattage was needed for a firm grip in controlling the speaker. But 92 db vs 85 db

for  Magnepan is a world of difference in amp dollars; I suspect with a 50~100 watt amp you could call it a day with the Spatials vs looking for 200 watts

on up for Magnepan. (3) dispersion was very good with the Spatials, you did not have to sit in the center spot to get full range sound although imaging

became more diffuse if you weren't in the center spot (4) did I mention the bass balance was  spot on even in a small hotel room space...

 

M5 model is 1 15" driver  and dome tweeter, impedance of 8 ohms, price ~ $2950  as of this date

M3 model is 2 15" drivers and dome tweeter, impedance of 4 ohms, price ~$4200 as of this date

 

manufacturers site

http://www.spatialaudio.us/products

 

Curious if anyone has made the switch from Magnepan to Spatial M3 turbos or newer  and what their assessment of the speaker was after living with

the speakers for a while

 

 

M3 spatial.jpg


Regards,

Dave

 

Audio system

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I haven't heard the Spatials, but one thing you'd lose is the 'vertical evenness' of sound coming from the ribbons on the Maggies


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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7 hours ago, Ralf11 said:

I haven't heard the Spatials, but one thing you'd lose is the 'vertical evenness' of sound coming from the ribbons on the Maggies

I’m good with a seated listening position and a wider sweet spot. Heck, they are short enough I could put a wide screen TV behind them for the ultimate in music player GUI laziness... black obelisks have nixed that idea so far


Regards,

Dave

 

Audio system

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I have black on black 3.7i's and they are a looming presence...


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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I ordered the M5s for a trial the other day.  

 

What the heck, I figure. Ill be out the shipping if they don’t knock it out of ballpark in my small 11 by 13 dedicated listening room.  Clayton says they will. Time, probably two weeks to delivery, will tell.

 

Am looking forward to my first OB experience.  

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