Zero Fidelity Reviews the Buchardt S400

halohalo Posts: 5,579
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,467
    VERY interesting speaker. Watched this review earlier this week.
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  • halohalo Posts: 5,579
    Steve Gutenberg (CNET’s “audiophilliac”) even commented on Sean’s rview saying that Sean “has his attention”
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,467
    Sean's got a good ear and knows how to communicate what a component sounds like in real world terms. I have BIG respect for his opinions.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,556
    Nice. What stands are those?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,977
    Skylan, custom specs.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,934
    And secret ones. Don't even look at them.
    I disabled signatures.
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,342
    Looks great Jesse! Just got my first set of Skylans today and I must say I am extremely happy. No wonder you sing their praises all over the place, simple and well made
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  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,315
    following . . . BigTime
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    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,392
    Does LSA have a similar design?
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse RCA, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R,Wireworld Silver Eclipse SC, Tyler Highland H2, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Aries Mini, W4S recovery, LKS MH-da004,

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,977
    edited April 2019
    I'm having a love/hate relationship with these speakers so far. They can get peaky at times. Not sure if they need more burn in time or it's the wave guide or if it's the Bennic caps.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,392
    I am surprised a bit since Sean said he would take these over the Joseph Pulsar. The Pulsar is one of my fave bookies. How many hours do you have on then?
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse RCA, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R,Wireworld Silver Eclipse SC, Tyler Highland H2, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Aries Mini, W4S recovery, LKS MH-da004,

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11.
  • halohalo Posts: 5,579
    I noticed that you have them setup with the tweeter on the bottom. Will flipping them over provide a difference in the treble presentation?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,137
    F1nut wrote: »
    I'm having a love/hate relationship with these speakers so far. They can get peaky at times. Not sure if they need more burn in time or it's the wave guide or if it's the Bennic caps.

    My armchair assessment/SWAG would be all of the above. B)
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,977
    edited April 2019
    erniejade wrote: »
    I am surprised a bit since Sean said he would take these over the Joseph Pulsar. The Pulsar is one of my fave bookies. How many hours do you have on then?

    I've heard the Pulsar's and noted his reference to them, which peaked my interest. However, so far these don't really sound like the Pulsar, which sound fluid, musical and well balanced to me.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,977
    halo wrote: »
    I noticed that you have them setup with the tweeter on the bottom. Will flipping them over provide a difference in the treble presentation?

    Tried that, no difference.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,977
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    F1nut wrote: »
    I'm having a love/hate relationship with these speakers so far. They can get peaky at times. Not sure if they need more burn in time or it's the wave guide or if it's the Bennic caps.

    My armchair assessment/SWAG would be all of the above. B)

    Likely so.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 4,094
    i've liked every speaker i have heard that uses seas drivers.
    wonder why more speaker manufacturers don't use them.
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    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
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  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,315
    edited April 2019
    DSkip wrote: »
    marvda1 wrote: »
    i've liked every speaker i have heard that uses seas drivers.
    wonder why more speaker manufacturers don't use them.

    Agreed. Although, personally, they all tend to have extremely similar sound.

    Notably, all the Salk iterations through my door . . .
    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
  • ThortonThorton Posts: 1,298
    GlennDog wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    marvda1 wrote: »
    i've liked every speaker i have heard that uses seas drivers.
    wonder why more speaker manufacturers don't use them.

    Agreed. Although, personally, they all tend to have extremely similar sound.

    Notably, all the Salk iterations through my door . . .

    That's personally one thing I like about his speakers. Every model I've heard put a smile on my face and I wouldn't mind putting money down on them. I can't say that about many other speaker brands.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,556
    DSkip wrote: »
    Parasound apparently did announce that they will be using these at Axpona.

    Yep, I saw it here: https://www.audionirvana.org/forum/title-to-be-added/audio-shows/axpona-2019/109436-axpona-2019-sneak-peaks?p=111908#post111908

    Looking forward to hearing this setup.
  • HzTweakerHzTweaker Posts: 584
    halo wrote: »
    Here's the link:


    I'm very intrigued by these speakers! At that price point compared to something like the Amphion Argon S3s how could you not be. I wonder how they compare.
    2ch rig:
    Speakers: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
    Preamplifier: Parasound P5
    Amplifier: Parasound A23
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 681
    @F1nut , how are these breaking in?
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,977
    They are coming around nicely. The peaky issue has smoothed out. However, they are still not fully cooked, so I'm not ready to give my final thoughts. I noted a comment on another forum from someone at AXPONA who stated they didn't have enough treble for him. I also noted he liked Klipsch, so that should tell you all you need to know.
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 681
    Thank you. There seems to be a good deal of interest in these.
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S, retipped by Soundsmith; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,977
    edited April 2019
    I'll say this much for now. Other than the peaky issue, which at this point seems to have been burn in related I am throughly impressed and it takes a lot to impress me.

    The one thing I don't like are the separate round grill covers. Should be a one piece job covering the entire front.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • halohalo Posts: 5,579
    F1nut wrote: »
    I'll say this much for now. Other than the peaky issue, which at this point seems to have been burn in related I am throughly impressed and it takes a lot to impress me.

    The one thing I don't like are the separate round grill covers. Should be a one piece job covering the entire front.

    I know that you listen with your eyes closed so, aside from the aesthetic issue, it's all good! ;):D

    Glad you're digging the tunes man and thanks for letting us know :)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,556
    edited April 2019
    Heard them powered by the Parasound JC5 earlier this evening. They sounded very good. Very punchy and dynamic. Impressive bass. No harshness from the treble even at 90db.

    If I had to criticize them, I'd say it sounds like the treble is more "directional" than some speakers, meaning it sounded distinctly like it was coming from the lower portion of the speaker. Versus just the general area of the speaker, or from the area in between both speakers.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,977
    Just the opposite here, the treble just floats....doesn't matter if I'm sitting or standing it sounds the same.
    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."


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