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Monkey Man

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Ahh... I hear you.

My room is "L-shaped", so I haven't sensed any anomalies in the bass area. I've never used test instrumentation 'cause I hear nothing too-far out-of-the-ordinary. Of course it's ameliorated by the close-monitoring position as well.

Yeah, I have 6" maximum that I can shift each monitor out sideways, making for a 4" triangle like yours. I'll try it for beer and skittles one day. Definitely will take what you said onboard. It makes logical sense anyway; I just wanted to maximise isolation from the room's influence by shrinking that triangular sucker down as much as I could.

Thanks man.
 

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Ahh... I hear you.

My room is "L-shaped", so I haven't sensed any anomalies in the bass area. I've never used test instrumentation 'cause I hear nothing too-far out-of-the-ordinary. Of course it's ameliorated by the close-monitoring position as well.

Yeah, I have 6" maximum that I can shift each monitor out sideways, making for a 4" triangle like yours. I'll try it for beer and skittles one day. Definitely will take what you said onboard. It makes logical sense anyway; I just wanted to maximise isolation from the room's influence by shrinking that triangular sucker down as much as I could.

Thanks man.
Happy to help. :)
 
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I have heard recommendations for the Opals several times in several places. However, they seem nearly impossible to find, and I am weary of buying second-hand. Can someone point me to a site where I can order them in the United States? Thanks
 

Monkey Man

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Honestly man, I reckon your best bet is to call Rode head office in Sydney and ask when and to where the next shipment will be.

They've been terribly-hard to buy new for some years now 'cause batches are shipped only occasionally and with no obvious pattern.

They're tough mofos 'though so I wouldn't be concerned about buying 2nd-hand. They told me personally about 5 years ago that they're designed to last a lifetime after I pressed them, telling them that I wanted these things forever. Given the over-engineered construction, I'd believe it too.

I've often joked that if one were to drop a pair on concrete you'd smash the concrete, not the monitors. 23kg, High Pressure Injection-Moulded Aluminium chassis, 40-95ºF operating range (5-35ºC). Woofer 720w peak, tweeter 100w peak. Built like a son of a bitch. :laugh:

The only thing I can suggest looking out for is a "woofing" sound coming from one or both of the front ports. Those who've experienced it have found it "simple" to fix, and it appears to have only occurred in a few of the early-model units and only during exposed LF passages. It was just something loose that needed to be glued IIRC. Still, for full transparency I mention this 'cause you don't want to have to fix anything when picking up a 2nd-hand pair.

This GS thread's been going for 13 years now:

New Event Opal Monitors - not your regular speakers
 
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Update: Here are my thoughts on both monitors. I posted this in another forum, so I will just copy my post from there:

So I've been in the market for some new monitors, and I have been doing crazy amounts of research. After many a late night reading forum posts, reviews, etc. I finally decided to order a set of the new Hedd monitors, as well as the new(ish) APS Klasiks. What follows are my thoughts on each:

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Overview

First, the APS Klasik 2020. Even though the wood they use is technically a cheaper wood, the build quality is outstanding. Cant find anything to fault them on.

These monitors have a thin, but long shape, and I really love the design philosophies and choices that went into these. Little things, like how the knobs on back are extremely notched, how you have little pictures to show you what the different switches do, etc.

When I say notched, I mean it. Instead of a volume knob, you have 7 notches of loudness or reduction to choose from. I love this because, if the monitors are properly built, you literally set them to the same setting, and you dont have to worry about calibrating to level match (although I did test it, and they were within .4db of each other on my meter).

Oh also, the LED will light red if you overload the speaker, a nice feature!

Sound

As for the sound? Fantastic. These are a pretty straight-forward all-analog design and even though there is a bass "port" in the back, the speaker actually functions and behaves much more like a sealed design would. The bass is tight and defined, very responsive. You can really hear the release of rapid fire kick drums on these, and other complex bass stuff that other monitors can struggle with.

The phantom stereo is really nice, and the whole monitor really thrives in the mid-range. You can hear everything, and the presentation is honest and genuine. Clarity is the word here, its almost like you can see what you're hearing.

High end leaves nothing further to be desired either, although if anything it might be a bit tame. Some prefer brighter monitors I suppose.

Negatives? I suppose the bass itself doesn't go very low. I mean the response is incredible, and you can "hear" the really low stuff still for the most part...but it does fall off pretty quickly. Making really low-end focused music a bit tricky until you understand how what you are hearing here will translate to other systems.

Another thing that...concerns me slightly, is how warm these babies get. The backs of them get literally hot to the touch. Hot enough that you wouldnt want to leave your hand there for long. I'm sure this is within their design considerations, but still.

Other than that though, these things are just badass for the price. You'd have a hell of a time finding much better in this class.

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Hedd 07 Mk2

Overview


First off, right away I actually really like the smooth, seamless cabinet of these Hedds. The black-matte finish is sexy, and they look refined and expensive. Build quality seems to be top-notch for the most part, although some of the knobs on the back have a very noticeable amount of play. Slightly annoying at this price-point, but not an issue, more of a nitpick.

Where the Klasiks were completely analog, these Hedds are loaded with all sorts of DSP goodness. The Klasiks had a setting to either boost or cut the low end, and then another to boost or cut the high end. The Hedds are packed to the brim with all of that plus more. They have baked-in EQ settings for if the monitors are on small desks, large desks, etc. They have their Linearizer tech baked in too, and dont worry, you CAN switch it on or off (because it does introduce 12ms of lag technically).

They have a bass extension switch that will get the bass all the way down to 30hz (at the cost of some headroom), input sensitivity settings...you get the idea. Another really cool thing new to this series is the ability to block the bass ports, and essentially mimic a sealed design. You basically stuff these little foam inserts into the port and hit a switch on the back. It works well, you can hear the bass become more responsive and tighter when you run them like this, but you do lose some of the power and OOMPH compared to when they are ported.

Anyways, how do they perform?

Sound


Right away, I can hear the difference in bass between these and the Klasiks. The Klasiks simply couldn't venture into the low-end territory that these monitors can. Also, despite the impressive bass-response of the Klasiks, the Hedds rival them with ease. There is fantastic presence, without sounding woofy or over-hyped.

As for the mid-range, where the Klasiks felt very mid-strong and "forward", these monitors just seem to present everything naturally in front of you. Even though the Klasiks are absolutely not a monitor I would describe as "boxy" at all, they FELT boxy in tone after listening to the Hedds.

Phantom-stereo is great, but somehow I feel the Klasiks were slightly stronger in this area. Still, you can really hear each instrument, and how its interacting with other parts of the mix. High end is especially pristine with the ribbon tweeter, and not harsh at all, which is a welcome surprise.

In fact, I would say the ribbon tweeter maybe gives the Hedd a slight edge here. You can really hear a clarity in the attack and timbre of instruments such as hi hats, guitar, transients in general, vocals...its pretty impressive. Also, even though you can hear the various elements in the mix on the Klasiks, these Hedds seem to present everything with more of a depth, which is really nice. Almost like you can dive into the middle of the mix with your ears and hear where things are moving around and interacting with each other.

All in all, incredible sound. I would venture to say this is up there at "best you can get" for a mid-tier near-field.

The Bad

So whats not to like? Well ideally, not much. These monitors have an "auto-sleep" feature, where they will enter sleep mode to save power. This is becoming a very common trend among DSP-equipped monitors, and I think its a great idea in theory. You get nice visual indication that the monitor has gone to sleep, because the LED goes from green to white. However, the annoying part is it does take 15 seconds for the monitors to wake up.

I was fortunate enough to be able to play with some Neumann KH80s for a bit, and they had a similar feature. However, they woke up very quickly, so I didn't mind it at all. The Hedds...yeah, it can be a bit annoying at times sitting there, waiting for them to wake, but its no deal-breaker.

Second? Yeah, what I mentioned earlier about the knobs. The volume knob especially has a lot of play, and the notches dont feel very well defined (on specifically the volume knob).

Finally...I actually got a faulty speaker. The right speaker had some pretty nasty malfunctions. A few hours into playing with them, it gave a few little pops, then emitted pink noise very loudly, until the pink noises got quieter and then held indefinitely. Powering it off and on did nothing, and no music would play through it.

Frustrated, I left the monitors powered on and went for a jog. I came back and woke the monitors, and they worked again for awhile, before the problem came back. The problem has slowly gone away, and now the monitors almost seem to be working fine. However, when you power the faulty one down, it makes a pretty loud POP as it powers down.

So I did decide to keep the Hedds, they are replacing my faulty unit, but it does make me just a bit weary...The store I bought from said I was the first to report issues of any kind, so there is that.

Anyways, long-winded I know, but there you have it. Hopefully this helps anyone looking to purchase these new monitors, I know I struggled a great deal to find any real testimonies of people who had hands-on experience with either. Keep rocking good people, and stay safe out there!
 
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