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Ah - the good old battleship grey Cambridge Audio livery. It was panned by the reviewers, as were the buttons on the CD player (they described them as reminiscent of poking dead flesh). Very unfair, b

R5s arrived:  

Maybe not Speaker Porn these days, but back In the day these were pretty hawt.  Altec Model 19. Woofer: 15” 416  , Mid/high compression driver: 802 , Sectoral horn: 811 Very efficient: rated

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They were set up in a mastering studio, full of excellent quality pro gear like Lavry DA-924 + LE3000. IIRC power amps were Bryston, but I'm not 100% sure. The model was the previous one using black mid-woofers. Not that I had the chance to play my music or pay any "critical listening" whatever that is, but could get a grasp on their character. Rather impressive I must say. Those things can play loud and doing it without distortion. Cristal clear sound, a bit in the cold analytical side of things, but that could be due to many other things, including the amps. I suppose they're a very good tool for mastering, mixing and any professional application, but not that sure they'll give "musical bliss" in the Harbeth, Spendor, Quad way.

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They were set up in a mastering studio, full of excellent quality pro gear like Lavry DA-924 + LE3000. IIRC power amps were Bryston, but I'm not 100% sure. The model was the previous one using black mid-woofers. Not that I had the chance to play my music or pay any "critical listening" whatever that is, but could get a grasp on their character. Rather impressive I must say. Those things can play loud and doing it without distortion. Cristal clear sound, a bit in the cold analytical side of things, but that could be due to many other things, including the amps. I suppose they're a very good tool for mastering, mixing and any professional application, but not that sure they'll give "musical bliss" in the Harbeth, Spendor, Quad way.

Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing your impressions.

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