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EXPIRED - FOR SALE: Linkwitz Orion 3.3.1
Item #649032090Info: Linkwitz Orion 3.3.1
|Days in System:||458
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Superb speaker, purchased on Audiogon last December but hardly used (10 hours) due to personal circumstances.
Complete with crossover, ATI6012 amp and speaker cables. All you need are interconnects and a preamp (and source), and you are ready to go.
I have purchased new shipping boxes from Wood Artistry ($575) for shipping purposes. I am rating conservatively at 8/10 due to me being second owner, but really, I have only hooked them up to confirm their condition, which is excellent.
These are heavy to ship, the amp alone is 90 pounds. I will sell without the amp at $3000 firm. A new set will set you back over $13Gs so this is a deal. The speakers were expertly built from a flat pack of materials purchased from Wood Artistry, the licensed provider of Linkwitz-designed products.
Here is what Peter Aczel had to say about the previous version in 2010:
So, what exactly is the sound of the 3.2.1? Even the original, suffixless Orion produced a uniquely three-dimensional soundstage, and the Orion+ with its additional rearward-firing tweeter added still more realism. Version 3.2.1 has now brought everything into perfect balance. The 3-D effect is considerably more precise, with left, right, middle, front, back, height, etc., more palpable than before. The trumpet is right there, the timpani are over here, the space between them is about this much, the clarinet is just left of center, the hall is not very big, and so on. Earlier versions of the Orion did not focus quite as sharply. Also (and this is important), the highs are more relaxed and natural, as well as richer and rounder. Just greater realism all around. It is quite a bit easier with version 3.2.1 to close your eyes and imagine a living audio scene in front of you.
All of this is, of course, quite subjective. The changes in the crossover/equalizer are easy to measure, the resulting acoustical changes not so easy, but the audible quality changes are entirely a matter of opinion. All opinions known to me so far, however, are in favor of the changes. The Orion 3.2.1 lives in the overlapping regions between scientific audio engineering and psychoacoustics. Among the domestic loudspeaker systems I am familiar with, it is the most highly refined and the easiest virtual transportation to the original live audio event.
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