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    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    following on from the ebay thread these deserve a thread of their own

    My never ending quest for speakers may be over,(well at least till next pay day)i bought these last night,they were local to me and boy are they good.
    A few years ago i bought some pageant series 2's and for their size and cost they were great,since then ive always lusted over the illusive Signfer model,Mordaunt Shorts top of the range speaker back in the day.

    As i was flicking through gum tree they jumped out screaming BUY ME!
    The next evening i was staring at them in the flesh.
    First impression was their are huge,they make my ditton 66's look anorexic, my monitor audio 952's look like dolls house speakers.
    The seller fired up his sony x555es cd player for me to listen and i was bowled over by them.
    They simply sound stunning,the best ive heard to date,they beat the ditton 66's,the bass is better defined,you can hear bass guitar notes clearly,the mid and hf is very smooth and detailed too,just as i was enjoying the 952 md's i fear they won't get a look in now.i couldn't wait to get home today to fire them up again.

    I have the original bill of sale,stands and boxes,they have been well looked after by previous owners and re-foamed by lockwood audio.
    happy days!









    cheers to jez and geoff for the info
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M,Mordaunt Short Signifer,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT, Townsend Elite rock 2,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Glad you're enjoying them Jamie. I remember they sounded good, but it's so long ago since I heard any, I can't exactly recall their character.

    (I heard the Naim SBL at about the same time and wanted to puke! )
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Wot does the bottom right hand knob do?
    Until we get there... just let it flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Glad you're enjoying them Jamie. I remember they sounded good, but it's so long ago since I heard any, I can't exactly recall their character.

    (I heard the Naim SBL at about the same time and wanted to puke! )


    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    Wot does the bottom right hand knob do?
    it boosts or cuts the mid/treble
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M,Mordaunt Short Signifer,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT, Townsend Elite rock 2,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Bagsey first refusal if you decide to sell 'em!

    Is the bass as tight as a ducks arse as I remember?
    Arkless Electronics-Engineered to be better. Tel. 01670 530674 (after 1pm)

    Modded Thorens TD150, Audio Technica AT-1005 MkII, Technics EPC-300MC, Arkless Hybrid MC phono stage, Arkless passive pre, Arkless 50WPC Class A SS power amp, (or) Arkless modded Leak Stereo 20, Modded Kef Reference 105/3's
    ReVox PR99, Studer B62, Ferrograph Series 7, Tandberg TCD440, Hitachi FT-5500MkI, also FT-5500MkII
    Digital: Yamaha CDR-HD1500 (Digital Swiss army knife-CD recorder, player, hard drive, DAC and ADC in one), PC files via 24/96 sound card and SPDIF, modded Philips CD850, modded Philips CD104, modded DPA Little Bit DAC. Sennheiser HD580 cans with Arkless Headphone amp.
    Cables- free interconnects that come with CD players, mains leads from B&Q, dead kettles etc, extension leads from Tesco

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    Yes it is which is why i think they are better than the dittons,they imo are a step up.
    strange how they didn't catch on,i wonder why?
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M,Mordaunt Short Signifer,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT, Townsend Elite rock 2,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    strange how they didn't catch on,i wonder why?
    People may have been put off by the cone midrange driver. Big domes were all the rage back then. Despite not necessarily being better and having a tendency to produce honk like colourations.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    ah i see,
    the mid cone on these doesn't have a rubber surround,never seen that before.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M,Mordaunt Short Signifer,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT, Townsend Elite rock 2,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Didn't B&W employ surroundless yellow fibreglass coned wideband mids?
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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