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Hmm...and I thought this was revolutionary! Nobody thinks so?
Of course we can only tell if it is truly revolutionary after listening to it. But just going by the spec sheet, I thought it had some truly unique features - given my limited knowledge of speakers and Hifi.
The DAC integration that iaudio spoke of is interesting, as is the separated volumes for each of the drivers. Finally the really, really interesting aspect is that you can adjust the crossover yourself thereby balancing your mids, bass or treble as per your and/or your listening room's needs.
Correct me if I am wrong, but this appears to be a first as far as speakers are concerned. Again, my knowledge in these matters is extremely limited. Going by that I thought these were amazing features. Maybe some of the experts and the learned can chip in and tell us more about this?
not sure about the implementation in the technics loudspeaker, but sure that it cannot be as good as the one in the epos.
in the design of loudspeakers, cross-overs are considered a necessary evil, and certainly the one most important attribute of a well-designed loudspeaker. Allowing complications (in the form of user-adjustable attenuation, however sophisticated that might be) in the cross-over may not be such a good thing, and may have been implemented to satisfy a larger section of the buying public than otherwise possible ( eg., a person might want solid punch (bass) at low volume with rolled off highs, and the epos will do it for that person, but then, the loudspeaker is changing the fabric of the music, and the way the composer wanted the listener to experience his/her creation is lost).
that said, this epos loudspeaker could capture the minds of the public and become a runaway best-seller!
The new Encore 50 from Epos is a joint effort of Dave Berriman & Phil Knight (the main Speaker engineering Team at Epos) along with inputs from Mike Creek, the electronics man of the consortium, Epos-Creek.
It promises quite a few radical flexibilities that are most sought for the average domestic installation in fine-tuning the entire system for a balanced sonic spectrum in its immediate environment.
However, the aspect of having a 'digital active crossover' is encouraging as it would be quite noise & loss free, allowing the entire amplification path to freely amplify the signals independently. Nevertheless, this would be prone to a costly affair with 3 separate stereo amps driving the speaker or 6 monoblocks.
Its still too early to forecast its future at present and only time will tell that story as more unfolds IMHO!
Yes, indeed! that speaker is a 3-way, so a ch each for Bass, Mid & Treble.
Correct me if I am wrong, but the crossover in this EPOS is again simple as has been the company's way for long.
I understand all about the adjustments you are talking about. I am just not sure that this crossover adjustment that is being talked about in the link is the same as the tonal controls you are talking about. Do I make sense by any chance?
I dont think they are talking about tonal controls. For that matter I abhor tonal controls and dont use them in any case. Again feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
Well - people like ATC have followed this path for years & have done well. Only difference is that ATC actually package the whole thing for you so that all you need is a source & preamp, and then voila!! If you have a cup of tea/coffee or a mug of beer in your hand, believe me, you'll drop it when the dynamic slam comes forth out of the SCM-50 or 100 active models.
Well...the better half may make me clean the broken cup as well, in that case. I better do without the ATC or the EPOS Encore then .
Enjoyed that post, Suri. Well, mine is 8 years and counting and fat chance really of us leaving each other, however much each of us is a nuisance to the other! At least that is the belief I hold in principle.
I dont think I will be able to afford the the Encore 50 anytime soon though. So, no worries whatsoever.
Would that be a DIY effort?