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Micca Covo S
It is the smallest co-axial speaker available.
Is it suitable for desktop use or Atmos ceiling speaker?
 

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I also think this is a bit too low, you probably want about $250 a piece. But I hope to be proven wrong.
I'm thinking the same price range AND that they should sound pretty good on their own but be able to be paired well with a relatively inexpensive sub (or 2)
 

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Not that I would prescribe a "soundbar' to anyone, I wonder if testing a few current top-seller soundbars would either make me change my mind or set the record straight, once and for all...:confused:
Check Rtings meanwhile.

 

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This (overall?) pricing disparity you speak of: Is it to the benefit of the Europeans or the Americans?
Benefits the Europeans I suppose since they are able to buy the speakers for much less than us Americans. But they are European made speakers so I guess it makes sense they would be cheaper in Europe, just amazing how much cheaper. For example, the Wharfedale EVO 4.2's mentioned are 650 Pounds every day at Richer Sounds (even in uber-expensive London), but $1200 in the US. At current US exchange rates the UK price is equal to $800. As Americans we can also get some vendors to cancel the VAT tax, which brings the UK price down even further. I would really like to see Amir review that speaker, btw. If I get some I'll also be lending them to Dennis by prior arrangement so we can compare them to his Philharmonics. :)
 
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Micca Covo S
It is the smallest co-axial speaker available.
Is it suitable for desktop use or Atmos ceiling speaker?
Wow, a pair for just $47! I ordered it.
 

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FWIW, the Micca brand of speakers have reviewed pretty badly in the past and on other's sites (like Erin's). I tested a pair of RB42's against about seven other $600 or less speakers last year and while they could certainly play at high volumes their treble was so hot about the only thing that sounded good on them was baroque music. I ended up getting a pair of the Pioneer BS22's and doing Dennis' mod on them. All-in cost was <$150 and they sound great, but Pioneer seems to have discontinued them so the easiest way to get them is on your local craigslist.
 

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A pair of JBL A180, the middle brother tower version of the a130, is being offered at 300 USD from someone in Los Angeles. Perhaps we could all chip in, if @amirm is interested and willing. I for one and terribly interested in the a180 and a190 - and this is a good price! - but I'm not really willing to acquire them without good measurements....
 

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A pair of JBL A180, the middle brother tower version of the a130, is being offered at 300 USD from someone in Los Angeles. Perhaps we could all chip in, if @amirm is interested and willing. I for one and terribly interested in the a180 and a190 - and this is a good price! - but I'm not really willing to acquire them without good measurements....
Amir has already ordered a pr....
 

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A pair of JBL A180, the middle brother tower version of the a130, is being offered at 300 USD from someone in Los Angeles. Perhaps we could all chip in, if @amirm is interested and willing. I for one and terribly interested in the a180 and a190 - and this is a good price! - but I'm not really willing to acquire them without good measurements....

Harman.com sold the A180's for $99/each a few weeks ago during one of their (bi-quarterly?) mega sales, which was when Amirm bought. I believe they were also selling the A190's for like $130 or $150/ea, and the A130's for like $90/pair. Margins and dealer markup on speakers is insane.
 
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Amir has already ordered a pr....
Yes. The truck delivered them so I had to offload them into my car to bring home. They are still in my car since I have no room to bring them in!!!
 
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Harman.com sold the A180's for $99/each a few weeks ago during one of their (bi-quarterly?) mega sales, which was when Amirm bought. I believe they were also selling the A190's for like $130 or $150/ea, and the A130's for like $90/pair. Margins and dealer markup on speakers is insane.
I think they are loss leaders. Shipping costs alone would be what I paid for them! These things are large and heavy!
 

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I think they are loss leaders. Shipping costs alone would be what I paid for them! These things are large and heavy!
I ordered one out of curiosity. They're large enough that Harman uses a trucking company rather than the usual suspects. Mine was considerably delayed, but I was impressed with how seriously Harman took shipping. It couldn't have been cheap, and for my $99 there was actually a speaker inside. Amazing. The sound? Not so much. The tweeter is painfully bright even though the response is fairly uniform. It is tilted up, but not peaky. My distortion measurements showed big problems below the passband, which suggests JBL is crossing the tweeter too low.
 

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I think they are loss leaders. Shipping costs alone would be what I paid for them! These things are large and heavy!
True, clogged ports must have dumped a surplus on them, or perhaps had to satisfy a quantity contract with the factory.

I ordered one out of curiosity. They're large enough that Harman uses a trucking company rather than the usual suspects. Mine was considerably delayed, but I was impressed with how seriously Harman took shipping. It couldn't have been cheap, and for my $99 there was actually a speaker inside. Amazing. The sound? Not so much. The tweeter is painfully bright even though the response is fairly uniform. It is tilted up, but not peaky. My distortion measurements showed big problems below the passband, which suggests JBL is crossing the tweeter too low.
They do trend bright subjectively but the in room response seems uncannily smooth from ~1-2Khz to 10Khz. I do see some distortion centered/peaking at 1.5Khz in basic REW sweeps, but it doesn't seem particularly egregious compared to other budget speakers. I would guess it'll show up as maybe 1-2% on Amirm's spin @ 86dB. I would be perfectly happy with them in a main system with EQ, stupidly good bargain at $99 IMO.
 
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