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    The SAMs

    Of course the heart of the system consists of two amazing parts: SAM1HF and SAM2LF modules.

    I'm very, very impressed with the HF modules. They have no horn-like deficits at all. It was a revelation to listen to them with my eyes closed (paradox, I know). It was a transporting experience, that exceeded my first encounters with the Performance Series Ti drivers by a mile. Now the PS Ti drivers got better--much better--after a few days listening, but I don't expect that the SAMs will, but who knows? In any event, the SAM1HF starts off at a higher level of performance that the PS can't achieve.

    The real delight is the SAM2LF. It's a tough little f@#$%r that reminds me a lot of the HTPS400. It takes no prisoners and performs unbelievable feats. If the 800 Array is a fantastic speaker, the SAM1HF coupled with the SAM2LF is twice the speaker. Just mindblowing.
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    May I ask how much this is setting you back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonfu@ymail.com View Post
    May I ask how much this is setting you back?
    Well, you did. Though it might be considered rude to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCCA View Post
    Well, you did. Though it might be considered rude to do so.

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    Congratulations!

    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    I'm very, very impressed with the HF modules. They have no horn-like deficits at all. It was a revelation to listen to them with my eyes closed (paradox, I know). It was a transporting experience, that exceeded my first encounters with the Performance Series Ti drivers by a mile...
    Dome, you were a hard nut to crack.

    I truly hope they bring you years of enjoyment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    Well, I will admit that all that gushing about the 1400 Array, SAM1HF, and 800 Array piqued my curiosity. Then seeing Greg T.'s living room set up and reading how everyone wet their pants...

    is there a thread with pix on the site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBLAddict View Post
    is there a thread with pix on the site?
    Here's one of the threads that influenced the decision.

    http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/s...ght=1400+Array

    To the gentleman who thought that discussing these things might be pointless, I hope he takes heart from the fact it influenced a major purchase of current JBL gear. I am glad the discussion took place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBLAddict View Post
    is there a thread with pix on the site?
    The first part of this thread gives some good images, then it runs amok at the end.

    http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/s...highlight=SAM1
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBLAddict View Post
    is there a thread with pix on the site?
    THIS thread , showing what Greg Timbers has in his house in his personal system, was all I really needed to see. It just took a while to find a place to audition them and spend some time with them, since I was never asked to his house for a listen. (He's probably changing his phone number or moving out of state right now.)

    http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/s...ead.php?t=9951

    I mean, really, look at that. I won't have the 15" and 12", but I think the dual 8" and 18" bottom end will do just fine.
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    Congrats on a great purchase TiD. You have bought the system i have longed for since the day i saw the press release. Hope ill be fortunate enought to own it one day.

    I believe you will have a great time ahead of you, getting it installed and nail all the small details.

    Hm....now......What about putting some 2435's in those horns?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    If the 800 Array is a fantastic speaker, the SAM1HF coupled with the SAM2LF is twice the speaker.
    And the 8" in these two speakers are quite different as well, distortion-wise :

    Array 8:
    http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/s...65&postcount=9

    Synthesis 8:
    http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/s...02&postcount=3

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    Wow - what a system!
    Nice arrangement in each of the 4 corners!

    Greg Timbers home system, circa 3/19/2006 - pictures courtesy of 4313B from this other thread



    Quote Originally Posted by 4313B View Post
    Each of the four stacks consists of the 1500AL, the 1200FE, and prototype Array horns with 435Be and 045Be compression drivers bolted onto them (two stacks as shown in the picture and two behind me in the back corners of the living room). The center channel is the 880 Array prototype.

    I believe the intent was to prove that compression drivers were viable for use in high performance loudspeaker systems designed for home high-fidelity applications. That intent has been realized in an undeniably splendid fashion.


    The sound is effortless - powerful, dynamic, smooth, detailed. No resonances. No smearing. No distortion. No pain. You see horns and know there are compression drivers bolted to them. You don't hear horns with compression drivers bolted to them. Not in any traditional sense. It's a paradox.
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    Sam1HF and SAM2LF
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    Nice set-up!! Did you purchase the system on E-Bay?? Looks like the same line up.

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    Very Impressive!

    And it looks like you purchased the electronics to do it all justice!

    Very exciting Titanium Dome!

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