Superb Upgrade

I still miss my active SBLs …

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I find them remarkably transparent and fast. Voices are superb. In terms of soundtracks that speed is wonderful. It reminds me of when I first got the AV2, I kept being distracted by the backing music and so it is now.

Before I bought my Living Voice speakers I borrows a pair Allaes and just couldn’t get along with them; wish I had tried the SBLs then!

Another SBL Praise topic, very good! There must be something special with them!

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In fairness one of those was mine so this is two bites of the cherry, BUT, in a different context …at least that is what I am going to tell myself.

I live in a 3 bed Victorian semi, so perhaps these speakers were almost bespoke for my listening room?

My wife loves how discrete they are. I was very keen to get Cherry MkII, but I suspect their physically retiring demeanor is aided by the black; and, if MkIIs came up now I would just ignore them, these just sing.

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Interesting. I have trying to work out what to do with my sbls - replaced in main system by sl2s. I also have a cinema system with full n system and in my study have a unitiqute. I have a spare pair of nSats (and ae1s!). I am torn between using the sbls with a suitable something or other to go with tv (or getting a muso for that), or keep in loft with uq - not that I have the money to do anything. But using the sbls with the cinema system in place of front nSats might work quite well. Those nSats could then go with tv and keep the spare nSats in the loft… decisions!

@TimOopNorth I used my SBLs with my TV. Made watching it all the more enjoyable.

Thanks. It’s made all the more attractive by the solid floor with the tv, but wood floor in loft (whereas I have wall brackets for the nSats in the loft)

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@TimOopNorth - good point about attic space. I converted my attic space into two mezzanine bathrooms for the bedrooms. At the time my dealer said don’t bother with top notch speakers, because they distract you from other things going on. They are the weals points in my secondary systems. In the guest bedroom, I have speakers mounted in the ceiling, but in the master bedroom, the speakers are 2nd hand Linn Kans resting on the bathroom floor directed through the balustrade; both running of Unitiqutes.

Definitely run your SBLs up front with your n-Sats at the rears. I’m using n-Sats rears, Axent Centre and n-Sub with SL2s and it sounds great. Don’t neglect decent rears and power to them as they knit the front & rear soundstage together really well.

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I will try it out and see what it sounds like - not going to add rears for the tv - that’s sorted in the cinema room :blush:

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Look forward to your thoughts.

Could be a long wait - just discovered central heating boiler needs replacing!

Tim think positive its the summer will the rest if the house notice😬

With two teenage daughters and my wife each each taking a shower every day it would all be very noticeable. The current boiler is living on borrowed time and if it fails life will be rather difficult for me. Not to say smelly :grin:

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I resemble that comment!

Real life trumps HiFi, but not by much.

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Right, that’s it, the Epos speakers days are numbered :smiling_imp:

The SBLs are coming out of storage tomorrow!

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A few days late, but plucked up the courage to get them today.

Completely different to the Epos. More forward in many ways*, but instruments and vocals seemed to have ‘fleshed out’ considerably with rich timbres, and my previous thoughts that they don’t go as low as the Epos speakers may well be due to considerably less colouration overall - the SBLs sound far more accurate so far, and that’s running passive with ancient PAXOs. Next job will be to locate the old chrome bumper NAXO, though I do quite fancy a new SNAXO 242.

  • as for the forward character - a trait I disliked about firmware compared to the older 2.3.8574.

I posted my extended thoughts on the SBLs here:

I agree with you that the bass IS there, but without smear. It is fast and allows you to hear what is going on. I think they are remarkably transparent speakers and I love their handling of vocals.

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