How can you trust an "objective" magazine that gives every piece of gear, even down to resonance footers, a good review? That was obvious to me when I first picked up the mag, and I did't know anything about hi-fi. I"m not saying anything about the little dot, just that Stereophile reviews are worthless.
Joined Sep 12, Posts Likes Joined May 16, Posts Likes I have to agree with tvrboy. I would never base a purchasing decision on a review in an audio rag, especially the glossy referred to here. Advertising shill, in my view, nothing more.
Joined Mar 15, Posts Likes I've recently read negative reviews on Stereophile of some Totem loudspeakers and a Bryston power-amp. I hope it's indicative of a change in their policy - though I would never base my purchasing decision on a review either. On the other hand, I do take measurements under serious consideration and that is an area where Stereophile is good at, or at least better than the non-existent competition.
Joined Jul 27, Posts Likes I trust reviews from Head-Fi more than the magazines.. Joined Jan 29, Posts Likes Joined May 26, Posts 7, Likes DarKu Reviewer at Soundnews. Joined May 7, Posts 70 Likes They review this?
Interesting points about 'Stereophile'. Perhaps Art D. I don't imagine the difference is earth-shattering. However, I haven't done any direct comparisons myself. A number a valid points have been raised. If the picture of the "finished" speaker sans grill is correct, I believe the tweeter was install incorrectly.
Thus the offset is to the outside when it should be to the inside. Accordingly, the grill cutout for the tweeter will not align. I do find it quite amazing that such an article would appear in a magazine that typically reviews components costing more money than I would dream of spending on an automobile.
The Stereophile Website now has kindly posted a copy of Art Dudley's article on restoring old Advent speakers. It's available here:. The posting also includes some letters that readers sent in response, and a "mea culpa" of sort by Mr. Now that it's finally online, the article is disappointing. One reason I'm dragging my feet is the complications associated with the Masonite woofer ring.
So Mr. Dudley has the wrong woofers, incorrectly installed tweeters, yr-old capacitors. No wonder he was underwhelmed. And you'd think he would have replaced the grille cloth so his daughter's speakers would be "pretty.
Maybe the good thing about the article is it won't motivate people to run out and buy up all the remaining OLAs. Actually, the one picture with a tweeter in it shows that it is, indeed, installed correctly with the tweeter itself toward the outside.
Too bad about the dent in it though. The date thing isn't quite as egregious as it first seems because IS when Advent was created. It's just that the Advent Loudspeaker wasn't released until The surround issue is the biggest gaff. Orange County Speakers sent him the wrong surrounds or he ordered the wrong ones. The ones he used are for the masonite woofers because the outer flange is much wider than ones for the all-metal woofers. When you try to attach it, it will wrinkle on the angled surface.
It also appears that the surrounds are the thick, rubbery type with a small roll when they should be ultra-compliant really floppy with a 17mmmm roll. Obviously, the woofers in Mr. Dudley's Advents had been replaced at some point but he used materials and procedures meant for masonite originals.
All that being said, it was still an entertaining article and it is wonderful that he wrote it and Stereophile published it. Actually, your are correct about the tweeters and I was wrong. I had to check though. A while back I had installed mine backwards and then made the correction. Funny, I remembered doing just the reverse of what I had actually done. Generally, I was pleased to see the article.
All the points made about the surrounds are valid. My guess is that the surrounds were ordered according to the model and not the actual style of woofer. My speakers are equiped both the masonite and the metal frames. Both styles seem to function pretty much the same.
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