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The Momentum integrated amp looks like an espresso machine. I like the steampunk look though. It would be nice to match that with some steampunk speakers. What are the choices?
I’m thinking it’s only missing a platinum watch-band.

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The Momentum integrated amp looks like an espresso machine. I like the steampunk look though. It would be nice to match that with some steampunk speakers. What are the choices?
Oh. Steampunk loudspeakers.

Well, I think in terms of "modern production" the offerings from Oswalds Mill Audio (OMA) might be a nice pairing. Little pricey, though.

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Alternatively, of course, there's always MBL "Radialstrahler" MB-101s :)
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Old-school... it's kind of hard to beat Western Electric: Look for Silbatone and Joe Roberts. :)


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And you'll never go wrong with Altec (IMO)! :)

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And then there's the eenie-meenie, in-betweeny approach of the currently fashinonable OJAS Audio (Kevin Trumbull).

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Alternatively, of course, there's always MBL "Radialstrahler" MB-101s
I've never been a fan of omni's, might just as well rehab a pair of Bose 901's LOL
 

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I've never been a fan of omni's, might just as well rehab a pair of Bose 901's LOL
Yeah, but the Bose don't look too steampunk -- which is what the poster had asked about. ;)

I mean -- maybe -- a plexiglass 901. Maybe... :)



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But, yeah, I'd go for the gusto, plexiglass-wise...

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I love the mad-scientist look of the MBLs. Perhaps I can create a Frankenstein or three.

I hope audiophiles in general will embrace more radical implementations.
They're a tad pricey.
I've never heard them -- they do have some fans, though.
 

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But, yeah, I'd go for the gusto, plexiglass-wise...

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Now that's KOOL, plexi K-Horns
Didn't know Paul was a fan of H H Scott gear?
Ya figure that's a bass trap or absorber on the wall behind him?
It's got a PWK logo on it.
 

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I have to dis-agree there. Making false claims can never have a positive outcome.
In our line of passion, I believe we have a responsibility to expose false claims and do what we can to stop the spread of infection.
See my signature.

It's perfectly fine trying to expose false claims. However, whether people choose to believe you or not is entirely up to them.
 

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I've never heard them -- they do have some fans, though.
I've heard them at a couple shows.
Like most good omni's they completely disappear as a source.
They also have a very blurry image.
JMHO
 

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My definition of an Audiophile is a music lover that (a) works to optimize their equipment within their budget, and (b) likes a sit-down dedicated listening session (like we used to do with LPs).

Albeit, I confess I do a lot of multitasking while listening (web browsing or walking).
 

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Now that's KOOL, plexi K-Horns
Didn't know Paul was a fan of H H Scott gear?
Ya figure that's a bass trap or absorber on the wall behind him?
It's got a PWK logo on it.
I think the gear in the background is Fisher. Or it looks like it to me. Could be either one without a better picture to go by.
 

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I've heard them at a couple shows.
Like most good omni's they completely disappear as a source.
They also have a very blurry image.
JMHO
I’ve never heard them myself but that seems to be a common theme from everyones opinion of them: diffuse, ill-defined imaging. But I guess that is a byproduct of making all the axis on-axis. At least for me that would probably make them a pass if I had to spend my own hundreds of thousands on them. But, if they fell of the back of a truck Id be quite happy to give them a home! :D
 
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I’ve never heard them myself but that seems to be a common theme from everyones opinion of them: diffuse, ill-defined imaging. But I guess that is a byproduct of making all the axis on-axis. At least for me that would probably make them a pass if I had to spend my own hundreds of thousands on them. But, if they fell of the back of a truck Id be quite happy to give them a home! :D
Are di-poles (Steinway Lyngdorf, open baffles) better?
 

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I think the gear in the background is Fisher. Or it looks like it to me. Could be either one without a better picture to go by.
On closer exam we both may be right.
I believe the integrated amp in the top compartment is H H Scott
And the bottom a Fisher. LOL
 

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Are di-poles (Steinway Lyngdorf, open baffles) better?
Better? That's always a matter of preference..
Every type radiation pattern has it's strong and weak points.
I prefer direct radiators and don't mind a very narrow one.
That makes for a very tightly focused image, but a "head in a vice" one too..
YMMV
 

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I saw three of these parked outside the local Starbucks this morning, which tells me only one thing. There's too many self-Indulgent wieners in this city with too much bloody money! Now, if I was driving a 1967 275 GTB four-cam...

Champagne would fall from the heavens. Doors would open. Velvet ropes would part.
And veils would be lifted!
 

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I think the gear in the background is Fisher. Or it looks like it to me. Could be either one without a better picture to go by.
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I am actually currently baffled (no speaker pun intended) by the top component. it definitely has the HH Scott cosmetic vibe, and I thought it was a 130 preamp... but it ain't. ;) It is visually similar to a Scott LK-48 (kit) integrated amp (basically the kit version of a 222; pp EL84 stereo integrated amp), but it ain't identical. :(
EDIT: The more I look, the more I think it is some manner of Scott LK-48... or maybe an early 222 morph.
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(a fairly early, brass-faced morph of an LK-48 -- the earlier versions had a dark brown painted faceplate)

The bottom component's easy, though. :) It's a Mac C-8 mono preamp, with a bevy of phono preamp EQ curves built in!
The plexiglass's refractive index is distorting one of the four lower knobs on the C-8 to the point of invisibility! ;)

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I believe we see two preamps.
 

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I am actually currently baffled (no speaker pun intended) by the top component. it definitely has the HH Scott cosmetic vibe, and I thought it was a 130 preamp... but it ain't. ;) It is visually similar to a Scott LK-48 (kit) integrated amp (basically the kit version of a 222; pp EL84 stereo integrated amp), but it ain't identical. :(
EDIT: The more I look, the more I think it is some manner of Scott LK-48... or maybe an early 222 morph.
99139033_614.jpg

(a fairly early, brass-faced morph of an LK-48 -- the earlier versions had a dark brown painted faceplate)

The bottom component's easy, though. :) It's a Mac C-8 mono preamp, with a bevy of phono preamp EQ curves built in!
The plexiglass's refractive index is distorting one of the four lower knobs on the C-8 to the point of invisibility! ;)

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I believe we see two preamps.
That is impressive detective work. I was trying to figure it out when I saw the post. I was so off base I’m embarrassed to even say what I thought it was.
 
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