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My review of the Raw Acoustics HT1 Bookshelf speaker kit

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Grayson-M, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. Grayson-M

    Grayson-M Auditioning

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    Info on the kit:

    RAW HT1 kit includes
    :: 2- CSS WR125S drivers
    :: 2- Aurum Cantus ribbon tweeters
    :: Solen crossover parts, Solen Inductors,Solen Poly caps, Metal Oxide resistors
    :: Binding posts, ports, wire,screws, damping material
    :: 2 CNC cut Baffles with Magnet grills Included
    :: cabinet constuction plans,crossover layout plans
    :: build your own cabinets.Using our CNC front baffles (included)


    Short form review.....please feel free to ask any questions....I bought my kit before the cnc front baffles were included so I cannot comment on them.

    What I used.......

    Amps:
    Yamaha HTR5740, NAD T742, Panasonic XR50

    Sub
    Mission MS8

    Stands
    Built stands out of mdf and 3" pvc pipe, filled with sand.

    Sources
    Pioneer pd-5700 cd player, an audigy 4 (both 44.1 digital and analog) and the Mystique 7.1
    95% if lossless songs........Some examples of groups I listen to.....Barenaked Ladies (one of my favs), Enya, Madonna, Shamen, C+C Music Factory, Culture Beat, Loft, Snap, Janet Jackson, Sash!, ATB (love his stuff)
    Deep Forest, Enigma, Pet shop Boys, Phil Colins, a and lot of 80's and 90's hits......
    Also I did some gaming with the audigy 4.

    Positives:

    -Al from Rawacoustics has been great, answering the many, many questions I had.
    -Shipped out in a timely manner
    -Drivers are of excellent build quality
    -Kit was relatively easy to follow

    -Aurum Cantus Tweeter is absolutely superb
    -Crisp and clear with great detail and yet never sounds harsh
    -Treble has depth and great transients
    -midrange is excellent with good placement and toneality
    -mid bass is punchy and tight
    -speakers do not sound small....in fact there is a suprising amount of bass going on from these little drivers
    -Overall a warm sounding speaker to my ears with a lot of detail
    -Overall imaging is wide and deep
    -Sounded fantastic with all the gaming I did (HL2, Battlefield 2, Farcry, Call of Duty, etc)

    Negatives

    -If I had a personal complaint it would actually be a bit too much mid bass, but most of that has to do with my room (I use them at my computer), I am in a small room with hardwood floors, and the speakers are too close to the corners. Not really a negative, more of an issue just for me. A front ported design would fix this for me but then they would be a much larger speaker. These drivers push a lot of air.....it's really amazing actually....
    -Aren't the most efficient speakers, need a good amp.

    Overall this is an really superb sounding set of speakers to my ears, I have no problem reccomending it.

    Pics will follow once I get them veneered.....
     
  2. AllanRW

    AllanRW Second Unit

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    Thanks Grayson.
    Good to hear you have them going.
    Look forward to the pictures of them finished.

    Enjoy.

    Al
     

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