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Corey
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Reply #60 - 07/22/05 at 18:12:02
 
Brad,Brad,BRAD

Have you called Devon?
If you haven't and truly wanted results then would not picking up the phone and calling her be the best bet?

What you are saying is its best to motivate by fear?

Corey
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brad
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Reply #61 - 07/22/05 at 19:15:45
 
Corey, Corey, COREY,
 No I did not call Devon. I sent her email, which she quickly responded to and said that Ziggy would be sending it out by Friday.  This is good. But you miss my point.

Look, I know a ~$100 sale is small potatoes and goes to the bottom of the priority queue.  But I shouldn't have to initiate communication to either 1) get status or 2) get the ball rolling.  And if Decware had hundreds of orders in the pipe and every customer did this, they'd be handling phone calls and emails all day long with little time to do anything else.  Who knows, maybe that's what's going on.  

I've heard of other intances of delays, lost orders, etc., from Decware, though to be fair probably low in numbers compared to the amount of orders they take.   I'm not trying to unduely hammer Steve/Devon for this. I know it's not easy and there will always be instances of miscommunication, lost or delayed orders, etc.  I personally like Steve allot - from what I know of him through various phone conversations.  And I absolutely LOVE the various Decware products I've owned. At present my system is almost entirely Decware products, save my Sony SACD player.  I just think their order process is less than perfect and could use some improvements. Is that such a HUGE criticism?  Am I a "meany" for pointing it out?

By voicing this in a public formum, maybe I am doing harm to Steve's business. I sincerely hope not, and I doubt it. What I hope is that if others have a similar feeling as I, it comes to light so that Steve/Devon finds out, and can address things to improve his customer satisfaction, and long-term have an (even more) sucessful business.

Is my opinion ok, ok, OK, or should I send it through the Corey (all feedback must be positive) filter before posting it to the Decware forum?


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Corey
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Reply #62 - 07/23/05 at 00:08:31
 
"Mommy, I want my cereal NOW"  >:(

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Corey
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Reply #63 - 07/23/05 at 00:12:42
 
Sorry Brad, I just had to use that pissed off smily face, its just so cute. It makes me laugh.
I apologise for judging you I guess, something just set me off last night reading your post on a $100 speaker tweak. Peace dude! I'll shut up now.

Corey
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brad
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Reply #64 - 08/02/05 at 17:01:40
 
I got the kit now. Will let y'all know how it changes things.  Anyone else doing, or did, this yet?

The passive radiators are interesting. they have double foam surrounds and are domed instead of flat. I'm thinking they may need speaker grills - if they protrude from the cabinet they could be damaged easily.  I'll try to post pics.
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zinker
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Reply #65 - 08/02/05 at 17:55:23
 
Brad,
Please keep us posted. I am particularly interested in how the mods work without the Gel added to the drivers. Is this the route yopu plan to take?
John
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brad
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Reply #66 - 08/02/05 at 18:06:38
 
for now. I may add the gel later.
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Reply #67 - 08/02/05 at 18:33:16
 
This is great Brad can't wait to hear how you like them with the new mods etc. Pics when you have a chance. Dave Smiley
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brad
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Reply #68 - 08/04/05 at 07:13:51
 
Well, mods are in place.  Only question I have is there are two square pieces of foam that were not labelled as the others were (with felt pen) as to where they should be placed. The are the same dimensions as the top of the cabinet but slightly smaller.  Do they go in the bottom chamber? if so, how? through the small port in the back of the cabinet?

I'll have to wait to comment on the difference in sound until I have more hours of listening. One thing though, I was expecting the most difference to be in the bass, but in fact the first thing I noticed was more "presense" - at first I thought it sounded brighter, but then the more I listened, it just sounds more "alive".  Not quite sure yet...  
In any event, at first listen I don't hear it as being a slam-dunk better thing.  We'll see if my opinion changes over time.  I'm wondering if the passive radiators have break-in time like drivers?

more to come...

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Reply #69 - 08/04/05 at 12:31:37
 
Hey Brad
The piece of square foam you have does go in the bottom of the speaker thru the port hole Grin
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Reply #70 - 08/04/05 at 17:51:12
 
Thanks bird-man  :)

Btw, what I meant with the "slam-dunk" comment was, while I do think it sounds better with the mods, I don't consider it a huge difference. While I'm glad I spent the couple hours to make the mods, it not like the originals sound broken by comparison.  It's  just the "signature" of the sound is changed with the mods. I think this is similar to what Steve said.

On some recordings with the TABOO amp I hear a brighter presentation - some people may not like it and I don't like it on (some) recordings. On good recordings the soundstage opens up even more and the speakers disappear more. I also hear more of a difference now when switching back and forth the TABOO "lucid" mode as well as changing the feedback settings.  Before the HDT mods I couldn't hear much of a difference changing these settings - now it's more pronounced.

If I were buying a new pair of HDT's I definitely would opt for the new configuration.

Anyone know the answer to the question of whether the PR's need break-in time?  Also, we'll see if those square foam pieces in the bottom change things much.

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Corey
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Reply #71 - 08/04/05 at 18:49:52
 
Brad,

It is nice having dynamics and acceleration close to a Lowther. I think I will eventually just buy new Decware 206 drivers with the wax applied. Less shipping(only one way) and that cutts down on huge loss chances by the UPS factor.

Right now these drivers can really pull off a speed act naked.

Take care,

Corey
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Reply #72 - 08/04/05 at 18:59:04
 
Yes, the passives need huge break in time. You got a new pair of sluts there to break in. The foams look like some type of poly coated foam.

Id bag on them for 6-7 hundred hours then really decide whether you want to build an SO sub. If I was building the sub I would go with the unwaxed drivers for parties. You want the mids more conjested and dynamic for the SO.

By the time you get those passives broke in you will have enough nickel/dime cash around to buy a new waxed driver at $295.
Some people buy $250 tubes like 300 B's yet add another 50 dollars and you have $295 and a new set of gel waxed drivers that really let the modifications sound through.

Corey

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zinker
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Reply #73 - 08/04/05 at 23:40:26
 
Brad,
When I spoke to Steve he said that the passives definitly need break in time, just like the drivers.

I do have a couple of questions for you.
When you installed the new foam did you remove any of the existing dampening material? Could you describe the existing dampening material for me? Is it 1/2" felt?
I am beginning to think that some of the poor sound issues I am experiencing may be due to insufficient dampening. I installed the convoluted foam as Steve describes in his mods, but other than that the only other material I've added is some poly fill  in the tops of the speaker chamber. I have not extended the port tubes yet , nor have I had the drivers gelled.
Please keep us posted.
Thanks,
John
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Reply #74 - 08/04/05 at 23:46:03
 
sounds good so far  :)  pics, pics Cheesy Cheesy     Dave Smiley
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