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thethanimal
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SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
08/09/20 at 22:31:52
 
I just received my SE84UFO with 25th Anniversary mods last Wednesday, and what a huge improvement over using my Integra receiver (Class D) to drive my 10” Audio Nirvana speakers. The speakers are in the 2.8 Mk II cabinet design supplied with the drivers from www.commonsenseaudio.com; these are full-range drivers with a claimed 99 dB/W/m efficiency, and considering the volume I get with the amp turned only halfway up I believe that rating. The Integra driving my KEF Q100 speakers sounded good, but stepping up to the Decware/Audio Nirvana setup took the experience from listening to good recordings to listening to musicians in my room. Actually the same quantum leap I experienced when I moved up from Logitech computer speakers to the Integra/KEF combo.

Rest of the system:
AudioQuest PowerQuest 2 power filtration
Decware DHC-1 sending power to the amp
Bluesound Node 2i streaming DAC
SVS SB-12 NSD 12” subwoofer using Node sub out
AudioQuest Evergreen interconnect and Black Lab subwoofer cable
AudioQuest Slip 16/2 16 ga in-wall speaker cable

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Re: SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
Reply #1 - 08/10/20 at 02:51:07
 
Thanimal, not long after I got my SE84 a few years back, I took a long, hard look at these speakers. I had read good things about them. At the last minute, I went another direction. They are very nice, and I know you are enjoying them!
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Re: SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
Reply #2 - 08/11/20 at 13:57:52
 
Looks really nice, I'll bet the sound is lovely and pristine!
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Re: SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
Reply #3 - 08/12/20 at 07:57:42
 
Really beautiful setup and speaker cabinets in particular.
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Reply #4 - 08/12/20 at 13:44:05
 
Thank you. Those cabinets were my first build, but I got a lot of help from my father-in-law who has a really nice shop set up. My wife says they look better than any of the options I showed her when I was speaker shopping, before I decided to go all in for the build. (I never showed her the Devore Orangutan speakers since they were far too expensive, but those definitely influenced my build.)

My next upgrade might be to a REL sub in white for aesthetics and performance. It’d work better with the system too, using the high level inputs off the amp instead of line out from the Node.
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Re: SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
Reply #5 - 08/12/20 at 23:55:46
 
Looks great - nice and clean!
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Re: SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
Reply #6 - 09/10/21 at 08:41:24
 
Built an open back cabinet with 12 inch AN super drivers. Added a helper 12 bass driver with a simple low pass filter. I’m a big fan of Audio Nirvana drivers after listening and owning almost every speaker type out there over my 40+ year audio journey. You get the sound of a dipole like Maggie’s and Martin Logan’s but you also get the coherency of a single driver setup. Also very high efficiency. Dynamics of a horn without the horny coloration.
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Re: SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
Reply #7 - 09/10/21 at 17:08:07
 
Is love to see pictures of that build. I feel like I’m getting some colorations or distortion in the midrange, on female vocals and piano, and I wonder if it’s from my cabinet construction or damping (or speaker cables).
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Re: SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
Reply #8 - 09/10/21 at 22:46:21
 
What a beautiful set up and room.  If the sound matches (and I'm sure it does) the good looks of your room, it must be a perfect setting for listening to music.  Nice work.
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Re: SE84UFO with Audio Nirvana 10” Speakers
Reply #9 - Yesterday at 14:00:16
 
In for build pics as well.  Been looking at these drivers for a while.  Did you go with a rear port I assume?
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