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    Join Date: Jan 2020

    Location: Sheffield

    Posts: 13
    I'm Evie.

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    Greetings,

    I have been told wonderful things about the IPL transmission line speaker kits - that these designs compete with speakers at the 3K level (in terms of sound quality) - does anybody have first hand experience?
    Do they need substantial power amplification?

    As always, I'm grateful for any advice.
    LKB

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    Join Date: Feb 2015

    Location: Cardiff

    Posts: 61
    I'm Richard.

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    Hi Evie,

    My hobby is building IPL kits for customers and I can confirm that they are excellent speakers and to my mind are one of the best kept secrets in the industry. They compare very favourably with all but the most esoteric speakers and if you have the ability to build one they offer fantastic value for money. They do not need substantial power to drive them but the better the amplification you have the better they will sound. Ivan gives suggested power requirements on his website. Bear in mind you must match the size of the speaker to the size of your room and orientation. If you contact Ivan he will give you all the advice you need. I appreciate that it is a long way from Sheffield to Ilfracombe but I you can (when things get back to normal!) go and see Ivan and have a listen to what he has to offer. I would be very surprised if you didn't think that the journey was not worthwhile.

    Richard.

    P.S If you look back on this and other forums you will find a lot of information about IPL.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008

    Location: Aughton, Ormskirk

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    I'm Jerry.

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    Yes, I built a pair (with help) and really like the sound they produce. The drive units are high quality as are the crossover components-go for it!

    Richard, just out of interest, which amp do you use?

    Jerry
    Jerry
    Hifi: IPL transmission line floorstanding speakers, DCB1 Pre-amplifier, Croft Series 7 power amp and a Standac. Squeezebox Touch
    Custom Hifi cables HA10SE headphone amplifier and Hifiman HE-400 headphones.
    AV system: LG 55B7, Denon AVR -x2300w receiver, Quad 12L (front) 11c Centre and 11L rear . Velodyne DD15 subwoofer.

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    Join Date: Feb 2015

    Location: Cardiff

    Posts: 61
    I'm Richard.

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    Afternoon Jerry,

    Because I am a home cinema man as well as wanting to listen to music I use an Arcam AVR 550. I am blown away by the Dirac room/speaker correction and use it all the time. It sounds pretty good without it IMO but when it it used it feels like a live performance! My ultimate aim is to add Hypex or Purefi power amps but demand for speaker building is very low ATM so I can't justify using my own money to fine tune my system.

    Richard.

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    Join Date: Feb 2015

    Location: Cardiff

    Posts: 61
    I'm Richard.

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    Afternoon Jerry,

    Because I am a home cinema man as well as wanting to listen to music I use an Arcam AVR 550. I am blown away by the Dirac room/speaker correction and use it all the time. It sounds pretty good without it IMO but when it it used it feels like a live performance! My ultimate aim is to add Hypex or Purefi power amps but demand for speaker building is very low ATM so I can't justify using my own money to fine tune my system.

    Richard.

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