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nubz69
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Life after parker 98's?
02/14/11 at 02:15:44
 
So I have owned a Decware Zen Select and a pair of parker 98s for about 8 years.  About 4 of those years they were in storage while I was away at school or living someplace I did not have room for them.  Well now I have a place to setup my system again and what do I do a few months after setting up the gear?   I knock over one of my speakers.  the enclosures are still unfinished so that was not a big deal but I damaged one of the drivers. So now I am at a cross roads, I have been considering upgrading my speakers for a while but now I have an excuse.  I truly enjoy the parkers and think they are a great match to the Zen Select, I just want more now.  For those of you who have owned parker 98s, what did you replace them with?  If I were to point out any factors that I would like to see improved in my next pair of speakers, it would be a bit more detail and bass extension.
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Re: Life after parker 98's?
Reply #1 - 02/14/11 at 02:42:36
 
I had Parker 95s and went to HDTs.
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Re: Life after parker 98's?
Reply #2 - 02/14/11 at 02:55:51
 
Decide what it is you don't like about your present speakers, or where you feel they can be improved upon.
Once you clarify your objectives, it should help you make your choice!
Best, Don
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Re: Life after parker 98's?
Reply #3 - 02/14/11 at 06:21:08
 
I guess I should say that when I upgrade something, I only spend the money when I am going to find a huge improvement.  I don't want to get rid of the parkers only to find that what I bought is just different, not better.
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Re: Life after parker 98's?
Reply #4 - 02/17/11 at 19:52:04
 
Howdy nubz,

If you like the basic sound of the Parker 98s, I might suggest that you take a look at the new Troll Signature speakers :

http://www.parkeraudio.net/trolls.htm

http://www.parkeraudio.net/new%20troll.jpg

You will lose a little in the efficiency department, but gain a lot in the way of detail and the ability of the speakers to "disappear within the soundstage".

I have always preferred the 5 1/4" Parker Audio driver over the 6 1/2" driver that is used in the model 98.  To my ears, it's a lot more natural with more realistic detail ..... and the VERY high quality ribbon driver is the cat's keister, IMHO .....

The cabinets are absolutely beautiful ..... the photo on the Parker Audio website doesn't do them justice.

When you pair these speakers with an inexpensive plate amplifier and either one or two Parker Trogs or one or two Hawthorne Audio Augies, you have a full range system that will embarrass a lot of much more costly speakers.

I have run these speakers with a Decware Select amplifier and the combo sounds absolutely wonderful.

Take care,

Randy
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Re: Life after parker 98's?
Reply #5 - 02/18/11 at 02:28:31
 
I understand that Parker Audio is transitioning all of their floorstand speakers to bookshelf (like the Troll Signatures).  Has anyone heard the '95's or '98's in their new form?
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