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    As I get closer to the next upgrade stage in my Hi-Fi journey (pending the increase in musicality that the bespoke balanced valve buffer that David is building me will undoubtedly produce), I’m looking at larger, and more capable / revealing / musical speakers - not that there’s anything really ‘wrong’ with my B&W 683s, they are spectacular given their price, but a little more involvement would be nice as they do seem rather ‘polite’ if that’s the correct term.

    Scanning the used speakers market at around the 3,000-3,500 mark, I stumbled upon the Prestige model from Wilmslow Audio. A very nice looking speaker with great specs and a seemingly positive review from a user on their website.

    Now I’m not averse to carpentry and DIY, in fact I love it. I particularly enjoy buying something flat-packed and improving on it as I build. So this made me wonder if DIY speakers might be worth a shot.

    Comments on this particular model mention a little cabinet resonance from some folk (which should be relatively straight forward to cure at the build stage) and also improving the crossover components. Given the wealth of ‘Hi-Fi’ electronic components out there, and the fact I repair computers for a living, I’m also confident this should be relatively straight forward.

    So, your thoughts and experience please gents, with Wilmslow Audio speakers in general and your DIY knowledge.

    Worth a shot to get a superior speaker, or buy a used pair that are built by companies who specialise?
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    Shades of Avalon there .

    Some very good drive units employed. Those bass drivers alone would cost the average bloke a week's pay.
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    Only my personal opinion of course but I think it is the only way to truly get exactly what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Shades of Avalon there .

    Some very good drive units employed. Those bass drivers alone would cost the average bloke a week's pay.
    Yes, my thoughts exactly - both on the similarity to Avalons, and those mighty 12" bass drivers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Haselsh1 View Post
    Only my personal opinion of course but I think it is the only way to truly get exactly what you want.
    Again, that's what I had in mind. I find speakers the trickiest thing to swap in a system as the change in sound can either make or break the culmination of all the other components, whereas swapping boxes results (generally, if done carefully) in a quality increase only, or at worst a slight change in presentation.

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    Have either of you chaps successfully built your own speakers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filterlab View Post
    Have either of you chaps successfully built your own speakers?
    Probably fifty odd pairs of all sorts of design and size, including custom big Tannoy enclosures, 1/4 wave transmission lines and large folded horns, etc. Not built anything for years though, but I have recently stocked up on components for a project using only vintage parts, there'll be none of yer mucky ferrofluid in these babies .

    (I did sometimes build to sell and also took on bespoke orders at one stage)
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    You are of course relying on the integrity of the designer, and I note no levels given for the frequency response range.
    My experiences of Wilmslow have all been good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Probably fifty odd pairs of all sorts of design and size...
    Blimey! That's some good going. You're the man in the know then.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pharos View Post
    You are of course relying on the integrity of the designer, and I note no levels given for the frequency response range.
    My experiences of Wilmslow have all been good.
    Nice to hear that your experiences of WA are good. I'll email them and see if I can get a full spec sheet. I already have a BK Double Gem sub and Emotosound Super Tweeters (exceptional additions in both cases and can be tailored to match with ease), but it'd be interesting to know the in-room responses.
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    I've heard the Prestige at Wilmslow Audio back when they actually were located in Wilmslow. A bloke came in who had just built the kit and wanted to compare his build with the demo version in the store. I tagged along on the demo.

    They were very good indeed, I wouldn't have any qualms about buying them if I had the competence to build them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    I've heard the Prestige at Wilmslow Audio back when they actually were located in Wilmslow. A bloke came in who had just built the kit and wanted to compare his build with the demo version in the store. I tagged along on the demo.

    They were very good indeed, I wouldn't have any qualms about buying them if I had the competence to build them.
    Thanks for the recommendation. I'm definitely even more tempted than I was an hour ago.
    Main system:
    Ben Duncan Mains Conditioner > Mac mini running Fidelia / Samsung 55 TV > Audioquest Crimson USB / QED Reference Optical Quartz > Leema Acoustics Elements DAC > Chord Clearway XLRs > AD Audio bespoke balanced valve buffer stage (oiw) > Chord Clearway XLRs > Bel Canto Ref500S > Chord Clearway speaker cable with Clearway jumpers > B&W 683s > Emotosound Air Motion Ribbon Supertweeters > Audioquest SLiP Neutrik Speakon > BK Double Gem sub

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    Hi Rob,
    I bought and built and later sold some Prestiges. These were the model with the famed ATC mids. They were an easy build and sounded very indeed. Also easy to drive with valve or ss. The cabs could do with a bit of reinforcement.
    Do ask any more qs you have. Wilmslow service was a bit patchy eg a capacitor unsoldered on the crossover and after a 3 month wait they accidentally cancelled my mid range order
    David

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