How do the new L800 SDA compare to the Original Legend SDA-SRS 1.2TL?

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,035
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,617
    edited October 2019
    @F1nut
    @DarqueKnight
    @nooshinjohn

    I have put you guys on Ignore. Along with a few others. I totally quit reading all your comments, whether they are rude, idiotic, or trying to "School" everyone on how little they know and how much you combined "guys" know.

    So I see that you all have posted stuff, but as many in the forum have done, you are ignored.
    I do not want to appear rude as if I no longer reply to the 3 of you, but do not waste your time.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,035
    I don't blame you as it must be difficult to read how wrong you are time after time after time after time after time........
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,248
    Well said Skip.
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,637
    K_M wrote: »
    @F1nut
    @DarqueKnight
    @nooshinjohn

    I have put you guys on Ignore.

    Thanks for the compliment.
    K_M wrote: »
    I do not want to appear rude as if I no longer reply to the 3 of you, but do not waste your time.

    Nice dodge!
    "So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,461
    edited October 2019
    So I made K_M’s ignore list! Better than winning an academy award! No long insufferable speech, but I consider it the highest honor on this forum. :p
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,554
    I haven't even had a confrontation, & K_M is on my ignore list too. No reason to read that drivel. Hope they like talking to themselves because I'm probably not alone.
  • soupbonesoupbone Posts: 104
    How do the new L800 SDA compare to the Original Legend SDA-SRS 1.2TL?

    Wish this is what was being discussed here :(
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,896
    soupbone wrote: »
    How do the new L800 SDA compare to the Original Legend SDA-SRS 1.2TL?

    Wish this is what was being discussed here :(

    I don't think anyone has those data yet.
    Be patient, young Jedi.
    In due time, we'll hear, no doubt.
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,637
    DSkip wrote: »

    The reason this is even up for debate is that many don’t know how to listen for the qualities these components bring. Case in point, only roughly 10% of guys who came to my room at lsaf heard the incredible depth I was getting. Those guys who did had expletives immediately. The problem with this hobby is that if you don’t know what to listen for, you won’t get it. If you do catch what is going on, that sound doesn’t leave your register.

    It's so sad that there are audio equipment designers who have a mindset of "imaging isn't important". In that regard, they would be better off designing mono equipment.

    A lot of people, even professionals in the audio industry, seem not to be aware that the primary design goal of a stereophonic music system is to create a three dimensional illusion of sound images spread across a sound field (sound stage) that has apparent height, width, and depth, and that have an apparent sonic "weight".

    These "unawares" typically get offended when their listening methodologies, which largely or totally exclude stereophonic performance metrics, are called into question.



    "So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • verbverb Posts: 9,883
    I'm really excited about the forthcoming reviews! I trust a lot of folks here on CP, well, because, I'm ignorant! :) Well, a newbie! And ready to absorb your impressions! :)
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  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 1,637
    I'm guilty of improving my listening ability since reading here and other sites
    and seek out improved sound. (IMHO) So there is room for improvement for anyone
    if I can do it.

    Interestingly, today my 2 channel set up sounds more digital than yesterday.
    Luckily, I have three settings on my DAC. Could be a number of things. Point
    is I wouldn't be too hard on yourself or hang on to false premises.

    my 2 cents
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,945
    DSkip wrote: »

    The reason this is even up for debate is that many don’t know how to listen for the qualities these components bring. Case in point, only roughly 10% of guys who came to my room at lsaf heard the incredible depth I was getting. Those guys who did had expletives immediately. The problem with this hobby is that if you don’t know what to listen for, you won’t get it. If you do catch what is going on, that sound doesn’t leave your register.

    It's so sad that there are audio equipment designers who have a mindset of "imaging isn't important". In that regard, they would be better off designing mono equipment.

    A lot of people, even professionals in the audio industry, seem not to be aware that the primary design goal of a stereophonic music system is to create a three dimensional illusion of sound images spread across a sound field (sound stage) that has apparent height, width, and depth, and that have an apparent sonic "weight".

    These "unawares" typically get offended when their listening methodologies, which largely or totally exclude stereophonic performance metrics, are called into question.



    Imaging is everything to me. I would rather have the most incredible soundstage size, depth, and imaging along with a tonal balance I'm not thrilled with than something that images poorly with a tiny stage but is tonally amazing.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • verbverb Posts: 9,883
    SIHAB wrote: »
    I'm guilty of improving my listening ability since reading here and other sites
    and seek out improved sound. (IMHO) So there is room for improvement for anyone
    if I can do it.

    Interestingly, today my 2 channel set up sounds more digital than yesterday.
    Luckily, I have three settings on my DAC. Could be a number of things. Point
    is I wouldn't be too hard on yourself or hang on to false premises.

    my 2 cents

    All good my man! I'll be the first to admit that I didn't know much when I first started this journey! :smile: I'm an engineer, I live by data and the world of precision.

    Audio, for me, is certainly subjective at times. It took a while for me to get my head around the fact that a certain combination of internal circuits, or components, when paired together, can be sublime! And if you swap out a component, despite the fact that it's specifications are similar, you get poor results!

    And, you would never be able to predict that on paper! :smile: Even in my world, with our state of the art analytical tools, we still test. And have to correlate the test results to the predicted ones. Sometimes we have to alter the analytical tools to match the real world.

    Here at CP, I'm learning. And loving it every day! I'm amazed at hearing differences (improvements) as I get new pieces! All due to the love and guidance from folks here on CP!
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    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,461
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Imaging is everything to me. I would rather have the most incredible soundstage size, depth, and imaging along with a tonal balance I'm not thrilled with than something that images poorly with a tiny stage but is tonally amazing.

    It's the whole package for me. A large, soundstage is a complete fail without proper imaging and sonic accuracy. What good is having an expansive sound field if what appears within that space sounds like crap.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 2,517
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Imaging is everything to me. I would rather have the most incredible soundstage size, depth, and imaging along with a tonal balance I'm not thrilled with than something that images poorly with a tiny stage but is tonally amazing.

    It's the whole package for me. A large, soundstage is a complete fail without proper imaging and sonic accuracy. What good is having an expansive sound field if what appears within that space sounds like crap.

    Well put. Until I listened to a pair of SDAs, I didn't know how good audio could/should be. Now, I am not so naive to think my 2Bs can't be bested by other speakers, but it would take a lot to get mine away from me.




    PS. I quoted you so, sorry, everyone can see it now LOL :p
    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,945
    edited October 2019
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Imaging is everything to me. I would rather have the most incredible soundstage size, depth, and imaging along with a tonal balance I'm not thrilled with than something that images poorly with a tiny stage but is tonally amazing.

    It's the whole package for me. A large, soundstage is a complete fail without proper imaging and sonic accuracy. What good is having an expansive sound field if what appears within that space sounds like crap.

    I definitely agree. I'm just saying if those were the only two choices, to put in perspective how important imaging and sound stage is to me.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,035
    Does anyone else find it odd that someone who said the following keeps posting in L800 SDA-Pro threads?
    K_M wrote: »
    We are thinking about maybe doing the L600 (SDA is not important to me)

    OH SNAP!!!
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,945
    Does anyone else find their system images differently (worse) during the day then at night in the dark?
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 1,637
    "The speaker designers I talk to believe you don’t need world class drivers. You can take good drivers, get the electroacoustics right and use quality capacitors and draw out incredible sound."

    I find this comment incredible. Go cheap on the drives and do expensive XO?
    Then tune the sound from good to incredible?

    I have to laugh at people that want to buy new $6000 speakers that
    engineers have spent untold hours on fine tuning and then want to
    right away want to upgrade and fine tune. Why not just buy speakers
    you like?

    I can see it in 10 years when the caps are out of spec or whatever.

    OTHO if we can get the Polk engineers off to the side and get their
    recommendations on what XO components to upgrade what the heck.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,945
    Is it equally ridiculous to you that somebody out there is going to buy a brand new C8 Vette and immediately throw a turbo on it?
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,461
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Is it equally ridiculous to you that somebody out there is going to buy a brand new C8 Vette and immediately throw a turbo on it?

    For me it would be.... especially since you have a new car warranty and a factory turbo car is about a year out.
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 1,637
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Is it equally ridiculous to you that somebody out there is going to buy a brand new C8 Vette and immediately throw a turbo on it?

    Is this directed at me? It is a straw man argument. (if I understand you correctly)

    To use your analogy correctly you would have to maybe remove some resistors
    and inductors.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,035
    VR3 wrote: »
    Once you know what quality crossover components do, you can never go back.

    I'm proud of you, Sid the kid.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • verbverb Posts: 9,883
    I can say that being in my biz, we have to deliver a balanced product. One that meet performance expectations, safety, reliability, profit, you name it.

    Every component, or final product, is a compromise, or balance, if you will.

    So, if you take one aspect, say performance, and wonder, can it be improved? At least in my experience, the answer is yes! If your not concerned with the other aspects or consequences that changing this parameter would affect. Bigger engine, more torque, more stress on the chassis, body, drive line, etc. Better performance yes, but probably the other aspects may suffer a bit.

    So the enthusiast will chase it. Bigger output engine, better brakes, chassis/body reinforcements, drive line improvements, and on and on.

    It's called a hobby after all! :)
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    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,945
    SIHAB wrote: »
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Is it equally ridiculous to you that somebody out there is going to buy a brand new C8 Vette and immediately throw a turbo on it?

    Is this directed at me? It is a straw man argument. (if I understand you correctly)

    To use your analogy correctly you would have to maybe remove some resistors
    and inductors.

    I'm just speaking in broad terms of modifying something for the better, not like for like.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 1,637
    VR3 wrote: »
    Once you know what quality crossover components do, you can never go back.

    I don't doubt it. I bow to your expertise.
    Especially components w/ tighter % tolerances. ect.
    And Caps extra do sound different. I'm not saying otherwise.
    I'm saying modding the XO on new $6000 speakers sounds
    crazy to me.

    If the imaging, ect is not to your liking find another speaker!
  • verbverb Posts: 9,883
    Personally, would I mod them, or a new Vette? Probably not immediately, but in the future, ya never know.

    But I totally get why others would. It's about passion, enthusiasm, and tweaking every ounce of performance you can out of em!

    I recall back in the day I was very big into overclocking CPU's on my home built computers. Did a lot of alternative cooling techniques cause those poor little CPU's were running very hot!

    Why? Cause it was possible! Better performance? Sure! Measurable? Yep!

    But in the end those little CPU's wouldn't last as long. So off to buying then next gen!

    Just a hobby. :)
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,MIT Shotgun S3 IC's,MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,982
    I'm just going to remind those that the new SDA XO had the EXACT values written on the components. NOW I'd like to think POLK testing was meant to get some to be REAL close to the EXACT value needed with caps that will be used in production and that to me means that those values are needed. Since Polk is not building the production models as they will be built by others more than likely in Asia they tend to loose that ability to test each part. To show off your new creation I understand why they wanted them to be much tighter to spec.
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