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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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17 minutes ago, Craig Sawyers said:

Looks a bit like a Workmate mated with a bandsaw, and this was the result

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This love child is very cool looking in person and is the best speaker system I have ever heard anywhere. 

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Interesting linear profile - turns out that the radiation pattern for a (infinte) linear horn is exactly the same as a pulsating sphere. I actually had to look that up, because I'd never heard of a linear profile horn before https://www.grc.com/acoustics/an-introduction-to-horn-theory.pdf

And sorry but it still looks like a workmate screwed onto a pallet, with a few bits and bobs welded on,  whatever it sounds like.

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I like the industrial look. It's true to form, and I believe that a more stylized carriage would only detract from the beauty of the wooden horns. And that is where the beauty lies IMO. I think there are better looking versions though...

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Personally, I'd choose Cherry wood with the Black frame.

And it looks like OMA has a new speaker! Want!

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Without research, it looks like a Heill AMT with a 12" woofer. Having owned the ESS AMT 1D's, I can attest to how good that combo can be. 

EDIT: Indeed it is a Heill AMT unit and 12" woofer. However, it is not an NOS AMT, but rather a new unit, built for OMA in Germany. Nice!

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Seriously though, those blonde wood OMA Monitors would match my new desk eerily perfectly. They say "mid-field" and boundary reinforcement would likely be an issue with the big woofers, but maybe on risers and about 6-1/2 feet back from my earholes might work?  

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I'm going to guess them to be about 22" wide x 26" tall. They are large! I'm imagining sitting atop a desk, no riser would be needed. I'm not sure that the name "Monitor" should be taken as desktop monitor.  I think you'd want to be at least 8' back. Those AMT units have a wide dispersion but sound best further back. At least with my old ESS's.

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7 hours ago, swt61 said:

PS: That's a solid slate baffle.

It's called aptly "Monitor". I can't find a price but if I ever win the lottery...

Slate is a great baffle material. Inert and highly damped. I'm actually thinking of replacing the upper baffle on my LX521's with slate. My local "Monumental Mason" Abingdon Slate and Marble made a superb plinth for my Garrard 401, so they have the capability to do a great job.

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^ My dream TT also has a slate plinth. The same slate as the "Monitor", as this TT is put together by OMA as well...

 

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It is SP10 based.

I would love to see your 401. And agree that the slate would be a very effective, as well as beautiful baffle.

8 hours ago, Hopstretch said:

Yeah, just noodling. Think I'll have about 6" of free air space behind the desk so could also push any speakers back there on tall stands. Probably a discussion for another thread ...

Now, a wealthy man like yourself could probably commission OMA to build you a smaller version, using the smaller AMT and an 8" midwoofer.

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PS: I thought Oskar Heil was spelled with one L, it seems that OMA misspelled his name (and I followed suit).

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