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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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Magnepan 3.6R McIntosh C41 preamp, MCD205 CD player, MC2105 amplifier (borrowed from a buddy, my MC2205 is in the shop). Bluesound Node2i streamer/dac streaming Tidal. Paradigm Servo 15 sub. Love the way this day up sounds together, the 2105 is definitely not enough power my 2205 sounds way better especially at low volumes.

 

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The ultrarare Wharfedale Option 1. Only 8 pairs ever made during the mid 80s. Full dipoles, actively crossed over and with Quad current dumper amplifiers in the pod at the bottom, and a balanced input. The large enclosure at the back was a bass reflex subwoofer that could be turned off if you only wanted it to go down to only 35Hz. The amplifiers were heat sunk to the bottom pod, which was cast aluminium. The reflex enclosure pod at the back was fibreglass skins around a honeycomb core.  It could go to 120dB without breaking out in sweat. Unfortunately, although apparently the sound was stunning, the price tag was about £10k (about £35k in today's money). Now if it was a Mark Levinson Cello speaker, or Apogee etc it would have stood a chance of selling. But it was hobbled by being a Wharfedale, which at the time made high volume consumer audio speakers, and not high end things like Option 1. Crap name too.

 

 

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^^ Also made me realize that the speakers are not that large!  Looking at them standalone (or less carefully in other pictures), they look bigger.

Either that or your cat is huge! 😊

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3 hours ago, skullguise said:

^^ Also made me realize that the speakers are not that large!  Looking at them standalone (or less carefully in other pictures), they look bigger.

Either that or your cat is huge! 😊

The cat does look, uhh, plump...

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