Positive feedback gave the older T-8 a Brutus award for best speaker.
The Duelunds which were custom ordered capacitors for the crossover add incredibly clarity depth dynamics and realism to the already good midrange driver, catapulting the newest T-7 way ahead of the previous yet popular T-7, and onward to the head of the Chapman line in both looks and impressive performance nearly on par with the T-9- though lacking in depth and stage height in comparison to the T-9. However their bloom and stage depth and width is superior to more than 95% of other hi end speakers regardless of price. This is not a "one off prototype speaker" sold for liquidation as a failed experiment- this speaker is everything the old speakers were and much much much more. It set the new bar for the T-7 and all of its improvements are incorporated into all T-7 going forward, despite the significant increase in electronics parts - it is just too good to not bring it to market.
As these are significantly less than the T-9 MKII ($20,000 retail) and do not require super expensive cabling or amplification to sound real. I am only selling these because I am moving from a 4 bedroom house with massive living room, Dining room , sun room etc. to a 2 bedroom home and just don't need to have 5 separate but networked linked high end systems costing $15,000- $125,000 each.
What is most remarkable is how an easy these are to drive from a SMALL but good quality partnering amplifier.
I have run various sets of T-7 with Cary 211 founder edition Monoblocks, Cary 500 Monoblocks, VAC PHI 200, Audio Research VS110, Audio Research D-250 MKII SERVO , and all of these beastly amplifiers can put real thunder in your room and get the cops to your door in about 15 minutes. and of course all of them sound ethereally delicious.
And Ahem..... it's really not necessary. They are such an easy load I can get away with a H.H. Scott 233 30 watts per channel, or a Sherwood S-5500II 35 watts per channel, or even a H.H. 340b receiver ! Fisher Receivers - vintage tube ones work well too. But please even though the sound can be pretty good with a Denon- or Peachtree, don't do that. Give these speakers some nice transformers and good clean circuit layouts and they can sing to 95% of their potential with quality vintage circuits at laughable prices. mostly because the impedance load they present to the amplifier is so benign compared to just about ANY other speaker out there. I'm not talking about efficiency here, I'm talking about clean sound that doesn't suffer from thermal compression and dynamic compression like other speakers- thats why they can at once sound smooth AND detailed beyond expectations. Those characteristics are typically mutually exclusive for most speakers unless they are partnered with amplifiers exceeding $8000.
My current favorite is the H.H. Scott 233 ...a paltry 3-35 watts per channel integrated amplifier (but with big transformers that sound more like 100 watts per channel). And it really sounds great, lots of punch and vigor and an ethereal clarity .. the Chapmans impedance load is mild (measures 6 0hms though specs say 4 only to prevent people from connecting two pairs of Chapmans to one speaker jack) .
But how can you get bass from a 30 watt tube amp? Simple, so long as the transformers are of quality like on the H.H. Scott integrated amps the Chapman speakers are designed with a resonant frequency that occurs well below 20hz. And there is very little information recorded at below 20hz. So when a typically designed speaker might have a resonant frequency at at 55hz-35hz the typical speaker just sucks tons of current at its resonant frequency and the amplifier struggles to control resonance ..and this stresses most amplifiers when they don't run an easy load like a Chapman speaker.
I can think of no more musical pairing at a sensible price than a vintage H.H. Scott with the Chapmans . Get a H.H. Scott 233 if you blast it occasionally , and a 299b if you like to play at mildly loud to lower levels, and use a Sherwood s5500II if you have to listen quietly (it has a useful loudness contour dial..instead of those worthless loudness buttons) but also like to rock out loud...ideal as a bedroom amplifier for watching movies and seriously listening to music.
I have access to everything in the industry, and indeed the Vac PHI 200/Chapman T-7 is pure magic... But you get so much of that MUSIC experience except without quite the same level the seismic power at high volumes with these H.H. Scott integrated amplifiers . ( they will get all the way down below 20hz at reasonable playback levels) . It's the only true high end and and lost cost combo I know of.
If you live within 2 hours of Laguna Beach, I will professionally dial these in for you at your home at no charge. The Absolute Sound has commented on my ability to make systems sound like music in rooms of size and shape where others fail.
You will not need a subwoofer for these unless your room is larger than 40 x 40
I have a rotating inventory of high end audio gear, I always have some Chapman speakers , my GF has the T9MKKII which she is selling to get a different color. And I have a set of T-8 Chapmans with Clarity capacitors in their crossover. So you can heard just about the entire line except for the entry level model .
This ad was originally posted on US Audio Mart and the seller ships to Canada, and the United States.
Full warranty, Manual, Custom wooden shipping crates for international shipping.
Frankly I do not wish to sell these but I have too many high end floor standing speakers , and these are the heaviest I have.. Price is firm.
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