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#407635 - 10/13/14 01:38 PM M100 listening session at BobK's house.
Lampshade Offline
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Registered: 11/08/05
Posts: 1163
Loc: Holbrook, MA
Short Version: M100s are incredible.

This is my second session with these speakers.


I brought a 50 watt amplifier to Bob's house and my CD player. It was a little embarrassing when Bob opened the loading tray and Gordon Lightfoot was in there. Bob never says anything derogatory about your music choices. He just kind of looks at you a certain way that makes you feel ashamed. He might give it a complement... "That came in a sturdy jewel case", or some history if he thinks he has hurt your feelings "The guitar player on that album went to high school with Tom Petty."

I put in a Wynton Marselis CD that I like for demoing and at first I was disappointed, I thought the 100's would sound really good at medium levels with my amp. But it sounded terrible.

I turned the amp down and we listened to a couple of tracks. I mentioned that I thought it was sounding better. Bob thought so too. I turned it up. Much better. I turned it up more. What an amazing surprise. The volume and bass we were getting was astounding.

Bob wanted to listen to Royals from Pure Heroin. He said I was about to hear this song in a new way.

The M100s are a revelation. The M80s I have soundstage really well. I often look over my shoulder to the right or left and laugh to myself because I know there are no speakers there, but the 100s image and fill all of the spaces in between. They are uncanny. If they can do this, what the heck can the LFR series do? Scary to think about.

One thing that I have never experienced before is how these speakers affect the dynamic range of individual instruments and vocalists within the track. I can't explain it properly. But things that were meant to be quiet are quiet and things meant to be loud are loud. And I don't just mean the bass. It's everything. My 80s cant do this. I never would have believed the speaker was influencing this so much, I thought the recording was the recording.

Bob's room is better than mine. But we have listened to my 80s at my house and then we brought them to his house so we have done a room comparison before.

Simply put, it was two hours of the most enjoyable music listening I have ever had, even with Bob's Gordon Lightfoot bigotry rearing its ugly head.

The amp I brought was a Manly Stingray tube amplifier. The amp and those speakers blew my mind. Who knew that little amp could rock like that. Stunning. Thanks Ian and Andrew for that new woofer trio.

I know the M100 name was speculated about and imagined for years before it arrived. But I don't think it is the right name.

I do not think the M100 is the M80s successor. There is a big leap. Different species. I would have left the 80s as the kings of the M line and I would have named the M100s simply "The 100" or E100. E for evolved.

Regards,
"The Lampshade" smile
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#407636 - 10/13/14 01:43 PM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: Lampshade]
nickbuol Offline
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Loc: Marion, IA
Pictures?
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#407637 - 10/13/14 03:31 PM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: Lampshade]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7047
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Lampshade
... It was a little embarrassing when Bob opened the loading tray and Gordon Lightfoot was in there. Bob never says anything derogatory about your music choices.

Hey! What's wrong with Lightfoot?
Quote:

Simply put, it was two hours of the most enjoyable music listening I have ever had, even with Bob's Gordon Lightfoot bigotry rearing its ugly head...

OK, gotcha. Bob. Say no more, say no more...
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#407638 - 10/13/14 04:27 PM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: nickbuol]
BobKay Offline
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Registered: 03/23/10
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Loc: Massachusetts Badlands
Originally Posted By: nickbuol
Pictures?


Sorry. We were both fully clothed, so no need.

Fred! You're alive!!!!


Edited by BobKay (10/13/14 04:32 PM)
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#407639 - 10/13/14 04:32 PM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: fredk]
BobKay Offline
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Registered: 03/23/10
Posts: 3160
Loc: Massachusetts Badlands
Originally Posted By: fredk
Originally Posted By: Lampshade
... It was a little embarrassing when Bob opened the loading tray and Gordon Lightfoot was in there. Bob never says anything derogatory about your music choices.

Hey! What's wrong with Lightfoot?
Quote:

Simply put, it was two hours of the most enjoyable music listening I have ever had, even with Bob's Gordon Lightfoot bigotry rearing its ugly head...

OK, gotcha. Bob. Say no more, say no more...


For the record, I have never disliked poor Gordon. Just got tired of him in his own time from overexposure, like Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, et al. Really, didn't "Half Breed" just kill Cher for you?

I am just now re-buying Stevie, after 40 years. Wait, I meant 40 fucking years!! Jeez Habeeb!
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#407640 - 10/13/14 07:19 PM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: BobKay]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7047
Loc: Canada
Yup, still alive. I think Cher killed Cher for me.
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#407651 - 10/14/14 07:14 PM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: Lampshade]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8290
Loc: Tacoma
Chris, I'm sure that Bob is simply delighted to have your public, written validation.

Sounds like great fun. I won't hide my envy of either your experience or of Bob's speakers.

So, you're saying that a 50wpc tube amp drove the M100's to satisfying levels? That's cool.

Cheers, friends.
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#407654 - 10/14/14 11:22 PM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: Lampshade]
Lampshade Offline
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Registered: 11/08/05
Posts: 1163
Loc: Holbrook, MA
Hello Tom ! smile


It really made my day. Imagine being at the finish line of a thoroughbred horse race as they go thundering by. That is what it was like.
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#407665 - 10/15/14 07:23 PM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: Lampshade]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7047
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Lampshade
Hello Tom ! smile


It really made my day. Imagine being at the finish line of a thoroughbred horse race as they go thundering by. That is what it was like.



Did they leave anything on Bob's carpet?
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#407668 - 10/16/14 12:27 AM Re: M100 listening session at BobK's house. [Re: Lampshade]
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Registered: 10/12/12
Posts: 1050
Toaster leave-in's?
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