First time post from a new member. My name is Andrew. Matt and I had a chance to meet up this weekend to try out a couple of his speakers with a new Sherbourn receiver I recently picked up.. I wanted to get some ideas for a new set of speakers for my home.
First I'll say that I've never considered building a set myself. I was one of those naive suckers that typically walks into Best Buy or the local high end audio dealer and lets the sales person flip through their list of favorites and would make decisions based on the limited selections I was presented with. About 5 years ago I bought a full Paradigm home theater setup with Monitor 7's for the front. I compared them to B&W 684's at the time and ultimately decided on the Paradigms. I wanted the B&W's based on what I heard, but for $2500 (Paradigms) vs. $4000 (B&W), I couldn't hear a $1500 difference.
Matt brought over both his ER18's and this HiVi project he's working on. The we started with my Paradigm's then moved to the ER18's. I was sickened by the difference. Literally felt robbed. I'd never heard anything like the ER18's. I'm sure you guys have heard plenty that would give them a run for the money but for me nothing compared.
Then Matt hooked up this HiVi work in progress. I honestly had low expectations based on the looks (again back to my naive misconceptions). I was floored at how effortlessly this MT speaker handled some pretty difficult tracks. It has such a warm and accurate tone. Lots of mids, not too bright. I told Matt the only way I can describe was it's "milky smooth". I could easily listen to it for hours.
I was sold immediately. Matt put me in touch in Chad at Meniscus this week and we've put together some plans to build on the work they've done so far. We're going to use the same HiVi L6-4R driver and SB Acoustics tweeter in an MTM configuration for the front left, right & center. The rear will be the MT design that Matt worked on with Meniscus.
Chad I have the list finalized for what we're going to order. Once we have everything Matt and I will get the baffles and first MTM box together to drop off at Meniscus for the x-over design work. We'll keep you guys updated but I'm hopeful we should have everything done near the end of January!!
(p.s. Matt - thanks for leaving the ER18's, not sure I'll be able to part with them before New Years....