Posted September 08 2006 - 11:59 AM
However if you do buy some of these speakers for 150-200 a pair they do sound pretty decent and in that case its really not much of a scam. Yea they arent worth the thousands they say they are but it doesnt mean they are terrible speakers.
The problem with many white van speakers is the danger they pose for your system. If the speakers use 2 ohm drivers and your receiver or amp isn't designed to handle such loads (just a guess but if someone owns an amp capable of handling a 2ohm load they would likely know better anyway) and it does damage to the amp, then you just lost more than the price paid for the speakers. Granted not all white van speakers will be this way, but is it worth the risk, I don't really think so.
That site doesn't strike me as a scam in any way. Those speakers look really nice with those various veneers and flush mount drivers. I didn't see any B.S. specs or terminology for marketing purposes on that site. The midrange drivers and tweeters look to be from Hi-Vi Research, definitely not junk. Go to a couple of "genuine white van" sites and you'll, or should, see the difference.
The thing that disturbs me about the site is the unprofessional approach they take. Claims about what other manufacturers pay to manufacture their speakers and ignoring other costs like shipping and in-store mark-up. Also the charts are quite suspicious as Terry said. That being said the speaker suffers from the common white van speaker look with the silly side mounted woofer and the cool looking lack of the dust cap. The ports are large for such a speaker and apear to be plastic, not polymer. The stands for the bookshelfs also appear to be made by the company. the tweeters sit to far back on the cabinet and could reflect off of the top of the cabinet. Speaking of the cabinet, why don't they have anything to say about it? If it is all hardwood, which it appears to be, then that presents a problem. Any imperfections on the inside of the cabinet would cause each speaker to sound different. All speaker manufacturers know that this is a no-no so why doesn't this one. And last, but certainly not least, the side mounted woofer. It looks like a paper cone with foam surround. The website claims it has an excursion of 16mm. Now maybe it does, what makes no sense is this statement here.
The 8" woofer has a massive, heavy
magnet that exacts total control on the cone. Which, by the way, is capable of an unheard-of-even-
in-larger-woofers 16mm excursion! We have two 18" subs (we are sound nuts, we admit it!) built
under a stairway in the demo room and I can assure you, as good as these subs are, they would
be completely destroyed by a 16mm excursion!
Yea, OK, an 8" woofer with a 16mm excursion is going to destroy two 18" woofers. And what is up with the Massive, Heavy magnets (redundant), the speakers themselves only weigh 30 pounds a piece. That is the one of the most illogical things I have ever heard, unless of course if the 18'' woofers were made in the 1950's. As you can see, this guy is insane. The site isn't the best written and uses the same basic template as other white van speaker companies, this one just looks better than most. So I am going to add them to the list untill I hear something or see that they are legitimate.