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Augustine Leudar

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NS10s succesor
« on: October 06, 2016, 06:30:15 pm »

Over ten years ago I posted this thread about NS10s succesor:


hought it might be intresting to have an update. It seems some of the predictions made in that thread have come to pass. There is no one monitor speaker that has dominated the scene. Genelecs have indeed dominated post production with dashes of old school standards such as Harbeth here and there. Adams are still popular - but a plethora of other brands all claiming to to 'translate well' to other systems have saturated the market ATC, Gethian, Amphion - even JBL ls305. Dynaudio have been adopted by the BBC in some areas. It has been realised that the advantage of the NS10 was its fast time based response, not a flat frequency response. Manufacturers such as Acoustic audio ae22 and Focal have matched this. But from what I am seeing the industry standard monitor speaker is a thing of the past. What say you - have you found something to replace the NS10s ?


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Re: NS10s succesor
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2016, 12:21:30 pm »

I've not seen anything catch fire [figuratively] the way NS-10's did in the 80's [spilling over to the 90's and beyond], that said, a myriad of options have come on line since NS-10's became vogue.

One thing a lot of folks seem to fail to either understand or comprehend is that NS-10's were viewed as a larger alternative to the Auratone 5c "Soundcube" and were never intended to provide "fidelity".  At the time of their release the NS-10 was viewed as being comparable to the average "dorm speaker" system -- the idea being to have some form of reference that would be comparable to how the average college student [at the time a large part of the music purchasing demographic] would end up hearing the final product.

The other thing about NS-10's were you could look at the woofer and [literally] see when your low frequency content would distort Jensen 6x9 "co-axial" speakers [which were all the 'aftermarket' rage in cars of the day].

These days even the lowest Kia has a better stereo than most of the Camaros and Trans Ams of the day which gives less and less need for mixers to "trim" the low end so it will translate in a car [which are where most of the music buying decisions were made besides 'dorm room's].

In a nutshell -- if something were to take the place of NS-10s in our modern times it would probably be a set of cheap earbuds as that is how all too much of todays music is consumed.

CN Fletcher

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Re: NS10s succesor
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2016, 03:21:27 pm »

I must agree with Fletch on this, also iPad and laptop spkrs are in the 'typical' playback set.  Gone are the massive Pioneer, Sansui, Kenwood, etc systems of the '70s and '80s, consumers use crap-o-matic speakers these days.  That's why the deep lows of the rock-n-roll kick drum have been replaced with nothing but beater slap centered at 6kHz.
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