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    Default Usher Mini Dancer 2 Diamond DMD

    Well, after last month's HT upgrade from full LSi to LSiM set, today the LSi purge is done: the ebony LSi15 pair I used for my 2-channel setup will be put up for sale as soon as the two Usher Mini Dancer 2 Diamond DMD speakers which I've just took the bait landed at my front door, maybe in a week.
    So, whoever got a chance to listen to this Usher model, please let me know your experience. I'm extremely antsy Is this upgrade a major one? I will pair it with my W4S ST-1000 amp / W4S STP-SE pre-amp / W4S DAC-2.
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    LSiM707's / LSiM706c / LSiM702 F/X's / dual JL Audio Fathom F113's / Parasound Halo A51 / Panasonic 65" TC-P65VT50
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    Usher Dancer Mini 2 Diamond DMD's / Logitech SB Touch / W4S STP-SE / W4S DAC-2 / W4S ST-1000 / Samsung 52" LN52B750
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    Yeah, great change and you'll be very happy. If anything, I think you find some of the shortcomings of the W4S gear at this point. The amplifiers would be the first to go for me and I'm not going to expound on why.
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    Those are some beautiful speakers!

    Congrats!
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    The finish is gorgeous. Make sure you post some pics.

    Congrats!
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    I have visited Stan in Dallas last year, and thats why I will also be picking my pair up during Lone Star Audiofest the first week of May. Marvin has been to see stan many times and Falconcry has a pair in maple.

    They are very dynamic top end and bottom, and beautiful to tote, you will be very happy
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    2chnl system:Melody 101 tube pre, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, W4S Dac, MG Audio Planus2 speaker cables
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    DON'T DO THIS TO ME. i am saving every penny i can and selling off a lot of stuff. just about ready to put my usher 6381's up for sale although i wanted to keep them and put them in my second system but the call of the mini dancer 2 is getting to be too great.
    i have a pair of dali ikon 8 ($3500 retail) that run rings around the mini dancer 2's i will sell you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marvda1 View Post
    DON'T DO THIS TO ME. i am saving every penny i can and selling off a lot of stuff. just about ready to put my usher 6381's up for sale although i wanted to keep them and put them in my second system but the call of the mini dancer 2 is getting to be too great.
    i have a pair of dali ikon 8 ($3500 retail) that run rings around the mini dancer 2's i will sell you.
    Tell Stan you recommended us "I won't tell and get a discount"....if I could buy the Dali 8's--I would have gone with the Dynaudio (would look off in the room)...but the wife said build a new house and your own audio room so I settled with (but not disappointed) with the beautiful Ushers as she and I approved the looks and cost me alot less
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    DMara,

    I look forward to your review of the Usher's. I have had the Usher bug for some time now, a long time actually. I have not listened to the Mini Dancers yet, but have a strong feeling that I will in a couple weeks. Usher is only open on the weekday's it seems and work does not permit me the freedom to go and have a listen. How are you liking the LSIM's? By the way, Usher's have some damn nice looking speakers.

    Halen

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    Wow, you guys really make me feel confident that this upgrade's really worth it


    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    Yeah, great change and you'll be very happy. If anything, I think you find some of the shortcomings of the W4S gear at this point. The amplifiers would be the first to go for me and I'm not going to expound on why.
    Mark, I began to look hard at the Usher brand due to some of your very posts, eventually I succumbed to the urge of trying it. Now you threw the above post at me just like that, geez, what will I do next? Hehe... At least let me know which amp/amps would work great with this Usher pair, will you? Another Parasound Halo, maybe?
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    LSiM707's / LSiM706c / LSiM702 F/X's / dual JL Audio Fathom F113's / Parasound Halo A51 / Panasonic 65" TC-P65VT50
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    Usher Dancer Mini 2 Diamond DMD's / Logitech SB Touch / W4S STP-SE / W4S DAC-2 / W4S ST-1000 / Samsung 52" LN52B750
    Other rooms:
    Audioengine AP4's / GLOW Audio Sub One / audio-gd NFB-3 DAC / Audioengine N22
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    i would think maybe an ayon tube integrated amp. halen, it would take a little arm twisting but you might be able to get me to sell you my 6381's. would go great with those yacco speaker cables and let you dip you toes into usher waters.
    txcoastal, are those your red mini dancer 2 at stan's? he said he was holding them while someone was building their home.
    a guy close to me had a week old pair he would let have for $3500 as he wanted to move down to the mini dancer 1 because he thought the size of the 2's overpowered his room not the sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marvda1 View Post
    txcoastal, are those your red mini dancer 2 at stan's? he said he was holding them while someone was building their home.
    a guy close to me had a week old pair he would let have for $3500 as he wanted to move down to the mini dancer 1 because he thought the size of the 2's overpowered his room not the sound.
    No not the red, went with the traditional walnut...Marvin grab the $3500 pair
    Halen you should have let me help you grab those 8571 (if I remember right for $2800) down here in Sugarland on the 'gon that was a steal
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    I have been an Usher fan for a long time...however yet to get my ears on the mini Dancers. Having said that I was not a big fan of the be 718..tiny dancer. I just assumed the mini 1 and 2 would be similiar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txcoastal1 View Post
    ...and Falconcry has a pair in maple...
    I sure do! I think they're great. Very detailed and dynamic.

    Congrats!
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    Marvin, I am hooked on Silver cables now!
    txcoastal, I would have bought those, the seller never did respond! One hella deal...

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    Hey guys, just a couple FYI's:

    1) it's Usher Dancer Mini 2, not Mini Dancer 2

    2) I will probably be looking to move mine soon. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.


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    I love my Usher Mini Dancer 2 diamond. I'm using the Ayre AX-7e to power them and love this combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconcry72 View Post
    1) it's Usher Dancer Mini 2, not Mini Dancer 2
    Well you should tell the Usher guys to change their website: http://www.usheraudiousa.com/
    The main page and even the "Dancer series" tab showed it as Mini Dancer 2 while the model page showed it as Dancer Mini 2, so I think either way is OK
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    LSiM707's / LSiM706c / LSiM702 F/X's / dual JL Audio Fathom F113's / Parasound Halo A51 / Panasonic 65" TC-P65VT50
    Bedroom:
    Usher Dancer Mini 2 Diamond DMD's / Logitech SB Touch / W4S STP-SE / W4S DAC-2 / W4S ST-1000 / Samsung 52" LN52B750
    Other rooms:
    Audioengine AP4's / GLOW Audio Sub One / audio-gd NFB-3 DAC / Audioengine N22
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMara View Post
    Well you should tell the Usher guys to change their website: http://www.usheraudiousa.com/
    The main page and even the "Dancer series" tab showed it as Mini Dancer 2 while the model page showed it as Dancer Mini 2, so I think either way is OK
    lol. My shipping cartons say Dancer Mini 2, and the backs of the speakers say Dancer Mini 2. The "Usher" site you refer to is the US version, so it's likely they had problems with the translation.
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    Source 1: PC
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    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

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    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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