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    Just wondering what SDA's you want or prefer ? If you have some or not. And why..Dont hesitate to review your present model.
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    I want a pair of CRS's on stands. Ive never heard them but WOW they catch my attension every time i see them. They are so SEXY. OH id love to hear some - maybe someday :)
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    I have a pair of CRS+s Randy. If and when you pay a visit, you can listen to them.
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    I will do that :) i look forward to it too
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    I've got a pair of 2.3's that I was able to pick up locally for $600. This was before I had ever even seen or heard any of the SDA's. The speakers are in absolutely mint condition and I am in the process of getting all of the mod's completed to them. My quandary right now is weather to upgrade them to TL's or not. I've performed all of the mod's except the crossover and speaker changes which are going to cost a bit more if I do decide to go the TL route. The speakers so far have been fantastic and my 2 channel listening has really gone up in time listening, quality and enjoyment. I can' wait it to get all of the rest of the mod's completed and then start upgrading some of my other components in my 2 channel system
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    2.3TL's here; they're the only SDA's I've owned/spent time with. I've done all the mods (see sig.) and I must say I have no desire to replace them. Totally engaging, detailed, smooth, I feel like I hear the emotional intent the performers are trying to communicate. There are probably better speakers out there, but not for what I have in these.
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    I'm sonically pleased with my 1Bs, but the inability to use non-common-ground amps is frustrating.

    I'd just love to upgrade to SRS 2 pin/blade, 2.3/2.3TL, or (maybe) 1Cs.

    Had some 2.3 and SRS 2 deals "in the works" until the sellers reneged at the last moment...or admitted that they were too stupid to pull Craigslist advertisements.

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    Sold my crs's and 2.3s once my 1.2tl's arrived. I only have room to properly set up one pair of sda's. If sda's are just plopped into place they don't sound much different than any other nice sounding speaker.
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    Love my SRS 2 speakers as they have the awesome combination of being one of the most rare SDAs, a great size (large but not huge), the SRS (side by side) driver configuration including 15" passive radiator, and I think they just look balanced and fantastic. Plus, mine came in almost perfect condition with original paperwork... :)

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    The only SDA experience is w/ the 87' 2Bs that I got for $50 at a moving sale that were also in sonically mint condition came w/ the i/c cable and the only cosmetic issue was the water stains on the White Oak wood tops. That was remedied w/ wood bleach, walnut stain, and 4 coats of clear poly.Tech mods in progress, replaced poly switches w/ 0.5 mills, Dynamat Extreme all basket spars, Liquid Nailed cabinet seams, Black Hole-5 behind mids and waiting on the 194s.

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    I would say that the sweet spot for the average sized room would be SDA 1Cs. But then again, if you have some 2B TLed that might be the way to go. If you have the room the BIG BOYS will do you.

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    Really, 1Cs over 2Bs. I thought the single tweeters were preferred over the dual tweets.

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    I have owned mil-spec 2b's, 1c's, 2.3TL's and a few pairs of 1.2TL's. I keep coming back to the big girls because despite their size, they are the most "invisible" speakers I have yet heard. Now that all the mods are done on these, they can do just about everything from relaxed, low volume chamber music, all the way to placing you in the front row of a Van Halen concert without so much as cracking a sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Runnin View Post
    Really, 1Cs over 2Bs. I thought the single tweeters were preferred over the dual tweets.
    Nope, just the side by side two tweeter models. The vertical arrangement is called a progressive point source and is preferred by most.
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    Ok this is based purely on appearance, not hard listening since I've NEVER heard a SDA system.

    SDA SRS 1.2TL, Big, powerful looking things that probably sound as good as they look. I'm not into small...so no CRS etc. no, the big bad 1.2TL...fully hotrodded !
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    You probably ought to hear some SDA's before making your choice. Anyone can just pick the biggest most expensive and say "those are the ones". I guarantee, if you don't put those in a proper listening space or with the right gear, they will suck.

    The CRS's will surprise you, you won't believe what you are listening to, again properly set-up and proper gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    You probably ought to hear some SDA's before making your choice. Anyone can just pick the biggest most expensive and say "those are the ones". I guarantee, if you don't put those in a proper listening space or with the right gear, they will suck.

    The CRS's will surprise you, you won't believe what you are listening to, again properly set-up and proper gear.
    Title of the thread says "Which sda do u want or prefer? & why"...I just want, Wants are quite different from "need" or "requirement" :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nbrowser View Post
    Title of the thread says "Which sda do u want or prefer? & why"...I just want, Wants are quite different from "need" or "requirement" :)
    H9 is right. Just get your ears on some and your perceptions will change, along with wants becoming needs.
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    I prefer the ones I got!('85 SRS's) I've owned them for 2 months or so, and the love affair continues. Just put the new 194's in; not sure what I expected, but change was not dramatic. All good, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumiv View Post
    I prefer the ones I got!('85 SRS's) I've owned them for 2 months or so, and the love affair continues. Just put the new 194's in; not sure what I expected, but change was not dramatic. All good, though.
    You might not be as sensitive to the rather nasty resonance spike the SL2000s have, plus the 194s need some break-in time.
    Rebuilding the crossovers will make those 194s sing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    You probably ought to hear some SDA's before making your choice. Anyone can just pick the biggest most expensive and say "those are the ones". I guarantee, if you don't put those in a proper listening space or with the right gear, they will suck.

    The CRS's will surprise you, you won't believe what you are listening to, again properly set-up and proper gear.
    Agreed. after rebuilding both my 2As and CRS+s, both will fill my rather modest size living room/home theater to deafening levels.
    Whether I'm listening to Enya to relax, Nickleback to not relax, or the latest 7.1 blockbuster, these smaller SDAs handle it with ease.
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    WMG, you're probably right about the hearing sensitivity, my ears are abused daily. I figured as much about the break-in for the tweeters. Guess I'll just have to keep playing them. Not now though, time to go to work(I need money for XO's).

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumiv View Post
    WMG, you're probably right about the hearing sensitivity, my ears are abused daily. I figured as much about the break-in for the tweeters. Guess I'll just have to keep playing them. Not now though, time to go to work(I need money for XO's).
    The way to really tell the difference between the sl2000 and the 194s is to listen to the 194s for a couple of weeks and then try to go back to the sl2000s. If you do that it will only take about 10 minutes before you will be wanting to put the 194s back in. At least that was the case for me.
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    I prefer the pair I have at the moment....But I'd like a pair of 2.3TL's

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    One would think if CRS's are positioned correctly they could bring sonic bliss to your ear. If modded nicely & proper placement & powered properly in a room. I think those little guys would sing. Love those stands-sexxy
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    I have experienced and/ or own/ed 2A's, 2B's, (2) pairs of 1C's, SRS, 1.2TL's. I prefer the 2A/B's over the others for tonal balance. I would really like to experience the SRS 2's, 2.3's and 3.1's especially the SRS2's.

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    Love my 2A-TLs, and my CRS+s. Both were completely upgraded, including the Dimensional Inductors. Made a big difference in the 2As, and completely changed the character of the CRS+s. I hope to get ears on the big boys one of these days. I don't have the proper room for them though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    I have owned mil-spec 2b's, 1c's, 2.3TL's and a few pairs of 1.2TL's. I keep coming back to the big girls because despite their size, they are the most "invisible" speakers I have yet heard. Now that all the mods are done on these, they can do just about everything from relaxed, low volume chamber music, all the way to placing you in the front row of a Van Halen concert without so much as cracking a sweat.

    There is no replacement for displacement.
    Excuse me! Which models are "big girls" and "big boys" please?

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    I prefer the 4.1TL's (modded CRS+'s). Because I have them
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    I now own a pair of SRS 2.3s and a pair of Monitor 10 Series IIs playing together out of my Yamaha M80 power amp and they sound wonderful together! I guess I already have the ones I want!

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    It's not purely black and white.
    Of course it is assumed that higher models will have better sound going by their size, # of drivers and cost.
    So 1.2TL's are most preferred. That's a given if there is room for them.

    What I mean is unless all the models had new crossovers, proper room and setup, you have to take everything with grain of salt.
    I know a lot of you have fully modded speakers and that's a valid comparison but some others like me just use them and compare how they sound.

    For example, if you read threads, a 4.1TL sounds better than 2B's or does it sound better than even a fully modded 2B or just the ones with new crossover and nothing else done?
    Did the comparison involved new components in all the models?
    I had CRS+, 2B standard, 2B studio and 3.1TL.
    I really hated 3.1TL but that doesn't mean 3.1TL's sound bad.
    It could be because they had bad crossover or because of my small room.
    Anyways, of the others, I liked CRS+ over both 2B's.

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