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Lon
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Reply #15 - 02/04/05 at 20:38:28
 
Grin Grin Grin

Another member of the Radial family!

Welcome!  I'm happy for the discovery you will be enjoying this weekend and beyond!
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nodiak
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Reply #16 - 02/05/05 at 14:51:59
 
Good to hear from you Chip. Be interesting to hear from you as they age, also nice to hear your so's comments. Funny thing for me is that the guitar I'd like to get costs the same as 1.5's. Don
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Gary_H.
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Reply #17 - 02/09/05 at 17:02:51
 
I have a minor point to bring up regarding Radial 1.5s setup.

I know it mentions this in the site info and owners manual, but it is important to realize the significance of adjusting the cone feet height for best base and lower mid clarity.

I initially left the lower spike tips off the main cones so that I could easily move the speakers for best room placement without damaging the carpet. However, I eventually noticed that the bass and lower mid frequencies seemed somewhat bloated and heavy. I put the lower spike tips back onto the feet and this really improved the overall coherency and settled the speaker response into an overall balanced sound.

I know this probably sounds elementry, but because I was just starting the breakin period I didn't intially realize what I was "adding" to the passive radiator response by having the speakers that extra 3/8s inch closer to the floor withouht the spike tips.

Just a "tip"...

Gary
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scott_m
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Reply #18 - 02/10/05 at 23:02:40
 
Gary,

Congratulations on your new radials!  I have to say, of all the speakers out there the radials are the only ones I'd consider shelling out the money for (okay, Terry Cain has some really nice looking speakers too. . .)  I'd love to hear them sometime - but am afraid that listening might cause me to do something unwise with the visa card. . .

Out of curiousity, which amplifier are you considering?  

Scott.
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Gary_H.
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Reply #19 - 02/11/05 at 14:41:01
 
Scott,

Good to hear from you. You are welcome anytime to hear the Radials, either with my amp or your Zen.

Give me a call or PM.

Gary
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Chip P.
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Reply #20 - 02/11/05 at 15:42:03
 
Hey guys,
My radials are still just breaking in, so I have really given much of a detailed review yet.  Hopefully soon.  
At any rate, I noticed that the three of us are all in Oregon [meaning Gary, Scott and I.]  Small world.
Chip
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Gary_H.
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Reply #21 - 02/11/05 at 16:28:37
 
Chip,

A belated welcome to the forum.  :)

I live in Medford, as does Scott (moved here last Oct. form Portland) We have gotten together twice, and I have also met Albert from this forum and he also lives in Medford. My wife and I go to Portland infrequently to see family and friends, perhaps we'll meet sometime.

As you can read from the above posts, I am a recent 1.5 owner (mahogany) so they are still breaking in, but man, am I pleased.  ;D

Best wishes, Gary
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scott_m
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Reply #22 - 02/11/05 at 19:46:44
 
Hi Chip,

My wife and I certainly miss Portland - but we're happy doing our own thing in the rogue valley (we're opening a plant nursery).  I have to say, I lived in Portland for 4 years, and I never really took advantage of how many audiophiles are in that area.  Not just Oregon, but up into washington.  In retrospect, I wish I had been more sociable in that respect.  Anyway, we always tell our friends from Portland that if you're ever traveling to California, we're just off I-5 and you're welcome to drop by!  That goes for any Decware-ites as well.

Scott.
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nodiak
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Reply #23 - 03/03/05 at 17:55:47
 
   are they breking in?
   bump  ;D
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Gary_H.
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Reply #24 - 03/03/05 at 21:18:41
 
Don,

I've run into some misfortune since I got my radials. I was happily breaking them in for about two or three weeks when my amp right channel went out. So, I don't have any tunes for now, but will soon - hopefully.

I will post more review info as I can.

Gary
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Chip P.
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Reply #25 - 03/04/05 at 02:07:18
 
All right, here's my best attempt at a very non-expert review -- or better yet, here's an update of the radials as they continue to break in at my house.  I'd imagine that I've got about 100 hours on them by now as a conservative estimate.

The woodwork (maple in my case) was beautifully done by Ziggy and although I was prepared for an extended and painful break in period, the speakers sounded very good out of the box.   I do hear an improvement over time, for example, the sound has smoothed out a little and is a little more relaxed now -- not laid back -- just more like the driver is getting more accustomed to doing what it's supposed to do and doing it with less effort if that makes sense...

It is very difficult to describe the sound of the radials.  My previous pair of speakers were Omega TS2R's, a smaller box speaker built by Louis Chuchos, a heck of a nice guy who makes some pretty good speakers with pretty high quality craftmanship.  Well, no offense to Louis, but the radials, in my system, are just in a completely different league.  The best way I can sum it up is to say that the Omegas presented what I thought was a very accurate, detailed sound which I enjoyed.  But the radials yield an entirely different level of realism -- there is a "trueness" to the sound that goes well beyond mere accuracy.

The depth, resonance, and fullness of individual instruments reaches a level with these speakers that is really astonishing.  I recall Lon once referring to a system that he'd heard as "hyper-real" or something like that - and after hearing the radials, I can understand what he meant.  There is an autheticity to the sound of the radials that is really special.  I've heard alot of high end speakers that sound very good, but never let you forget that you're listening to a high end speaker.  The radials are not like this at all.  My musical tastes run the gamut, with a heavy concentration in jazz and blues, but I can't seem to get the acoustic guitar recordings out of my cd player - that's how good they sound.  I had the day off today and spent the afternoon listening to Leo Kottke and John Redbourn discs and the sound just drenches the entire room.  I should note that my listening room is my living room - probably 15 x 20 -- with hardwood floors, glass on the front and back walls and all sorts of other issues that make the room less than optimal -- still the radials disappear and image in this room without a problem and better than any other speaker I've ever had.  Others in my household are also duly impressed, which I can assure is no small feat.

Needless to say, I am extremely pleased with the radials, and all of the Decware products in my system.   A year ago I'd never owned a tube component -- slowly but surely I've begged, borrowed and traded my way into a system that reproduces music in a way I did not think my system could get to [with much thanks to all those who helped along the way.]  There's still a couple holes to be filled down the road, but I'm one satisfied listener these days.  I will hopefully continue to provide more updates as the speakers get more hours.  
Chip

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nodiak
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Reply #26 - 03/04/05 at 03:32:54
 
   Gary, sorry about your loss  :'( , maybe an old receiver in the garage ? Bought $30 Onkyo at a yardsale for times such as that. Anyway, hope the amp gets fixed soon. I keep in mind your offer to visit and may take you up on that.
   Chip, that just kicks a** to hear what radials are doing for you. That's the kind of story that got me into Decware tubes, and I really want to end up with Radials soon. It's weird that you can't just buy Radial drivers from Madisound like the hundreds of other drivers, but that's just a testament to  Steve's originality. I can believe they are that different. Oh well, as soon as I can stretch my budget I'm going to buy some. I keep trying to decide what's first-upgrade source, cables, pre, but it will get clear.
   Thanks for the review, it gave me a good feel for that other level. My Fostex FE167e's have recently broken in and disappear now, but the music is still  mostly "centally located" tho a pretty wide soundstage. I'm anxious to hear the radials pattern. Cool stuff.
   Don
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Lon
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Reply #27 - 03/04/05 at 10:36:59
 
Gary, very sorry to hear about your misfortune!  Hope you can clear it up soon!

Chip:  Thanks for the great review!  I know you are enjoying your Radials and believe me, I think they'll sound even better in say . . . another 300 or 400 hours! Shocked  And you're going to keep them that long, right?  RIGHT!  ;D
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Reply #28 - 01/31/07 at 15:00:19
 
Just picked up a pair of 1.5s and really love them.  They are Steve Deckert's old RL2s modified to 1.5s. They are pretty much all broken in and sound great even on my crappy SS receiver.  Amazing sound.  Looks like we have at least two 1.5 owners here in Masschusetts -- hopefully more Baystaters will "see the light." Smiley
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