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

You knew someone would start this thread... For those that have heard both, or any SRS series speaker, how does the new compare to the classics?
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  • verbverb Posts: 8,148
    Following this thread for sure! :)
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,648
    I dunno John, but it's a bit early to ask that, seeing they just came out.
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  • KexKex Posts: 3,627
    tonyb wrote: »
    I dunno John, but it's a bit early to ask that, seeing they just came out.
    And the L800 with SDA-PRO will not be available until early November...
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  • aiconnaiconn Registered User Posts: 218
    For the price difference I'd definitely be looking at the 1.2TL.
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  • verbverb Posts: 8,148
    oldrocker wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    Following this thread for sure! :)

    Ditto...

    Not like there's not a bunch of others. Damn, can't keep up with them all.. :s

    Yeah! But fun! Watching the new information unfold! Haven't had this much excitement here, well, since I first joined! :)
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,061
    I'm all over these on the First Freinds & Family Sale :o If I had $6000 to spare come November I would gladly share my experience.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,566
    Thanks for posting your thoughts. I wondered about boomy bass due to the dual drivers and the port. I wonder why they didn’t run one active bass driver and a passive inside a sealed box.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,074
    I did not notice boomy bass at my demo.

    Using a PR would have resulted in a speaker that didn't resemble the rest of the series.
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,703
    edited September 7
    BC6 wrote: »
    I heard them today at RMAF. I’d encourage everyone to hear them for themselves and not put too much weight on my opinion. The soundstage was as great as you’d expect. I swear I heard a piano coming from 3 feet outside of the speakers. I think the room setup was a little boomy though. I don’t think it was the speaker’s fault but I currently prefer my modded 2.3tls for clarity, especially in the bass. I heard they’d have them at Listen Up so I’ll go back and give them another listen to be fair.

    Only way you can be truly fair (and I doubt this will happen) is to have your speakers in the same exact room. Not a doubt in my mind that the new big boys will sound a lot better but as always time will tell. I'll hang on for a couple of years as my current sets of towers are doing a great job but my eyes are loving what they're peepin'!
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  • BC6BC6 Posts: 109
    I really think the boomy bass was due to the room set up. They really crank out a lot of bass and it's hard to control that much bass in a hotel room.

    If I was given a choice between a stock vintage SDA or the L800 SDA, it would be a no-brainer. I'd take the L800. But comparing it to my modded 2.3tls with Clarity Caps, Gaia II feet, RD0-198 tweeters, and a brand new dreadnaught makes the decision tougher. I'd still consider the L800s because I think I could tame the bass with room treatments and some dsp. The kicker for me personally is the price. I already have amazing speakers that I paid around $2500 for, so I wonder if the LS800s are worth the extra $3500.
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,703
    Enjoy your babies and in time I'm sure these will go on sale here.
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  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 497
    Until today I don't remember ever really wanting to audition any new speaker from anyone. But I am very much looking forward to auditioning the L800s.

    I'm in the same boat as you on this one.
  • verbverb Posts: 8,148
    Gerres26 wrote: »
    Until today I don't remember ever really wanting to audition any new speaker from anyone. But I am very much looking forward to auditioning the L800s.

    I'm in the same boat as you on this one.

    My ongoing search for the holy grail of SDA, the SRS 1.2TL, now has some competiton! :)
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  • schwarcwschwarcw Posts: 7,208
    edited September 7
    I am hoping to hear them at the Capital Audiofest. I'd be interested in hearing the next size smaller in addition to the big ones.
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  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,536
    BC6 wrote: »
    I heard them today at RMAF. I’d encourage everyone to hear them for themselves and not put too much weight on my opinion. The soundstage was as great as you’d expect. I swear I heard a piano coming from 3 feet outside of the speakers. I think the room setup was a little boomy though. I don’t think it was the speaker’s fault but I currently prefer my modded 2.3tls for clarity, especially in the bass. I heard they’d have them at Listen Up so I’ll go back and give them another listen to be fair.

    Ive heard our "Big boys" in a retail environment and they were NOT impressive, but they are in our house, so very tough to compare!
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,061
    edited September 7
    schwarcw wrote: »
    I am hoping to hear them at the Capital Audiofest. I'd be interested in hearing the next size smaller in addition to the big ones.

    I dont think there are any size smaller, I believe the L800s are the only one being released.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,074
    gudnoyez wrote: »
    schwarcw wrote: »
    I am hoping to hear them at the Capital Audiofest. I'd be interested in hearing the next size smaller in addition to the big ones.

    I dont think there are any size smaller, I believe the L800s are the only one being released.

    The L800 is the only SDA, but there are other speakers in the Legend series.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,281
    schwarcw wrote: »
    I am hoping to hear them at the Capital Audiofest. I'd be interested in hearing the next size smaller in addition to the big ones.

    I could be wrong but I don’t think they’ll be at CAF.
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,516
    K_M wrote: »
    BC6 wrote: »
    I heard them today at RMAF. I’d encourage everyone to hear them for themselves and not put too much weight on my opinion. The soundstage was as great as you’d expect. I swear I heard a piano coming from 3 feet outside of the speakers. I think the room setup was a little boomy though. I don’t think it was the speaker’s fault but I currently prefer my modded 2.3tls for clarity, especially in the bass. I heard they’d have them at Listen Up so I’ll go back and give them another listen to be fair.

    Ive heard our "Big boys" in a retail environment and they were NOT impressive, but they are in our house, so very tough to compare!

    When you say "big boys" do you mean L800's ? Are they in your house ? Or did you mean "if" in our house... just asking
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  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,516
    K_M if you did hear the L800's could you say what you found to be "not impressive" about them. Thanks
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,566
    I would prefer to keep this thread open for actual ears on type comments.
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  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,516
    I would prefer to keep this thread open for actual ears on type comments.

    Maybe I read it wrong. I was thinking maybe she/he had listened to some & would share why not impressed. Maybe I misunderstood
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,566
    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, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "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.

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,074
    boston1450 wrote: »
    K_M if you did hear the L800's could you say what you found to be "not impressive" about them. Thanks

    K_M has not heard any of the Legend speakers.
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