elshout wrote:Has anyone heard the Legacy Focus or the Tyler Acoustics Woodmere?
Hello Scott, Tom here. While I have not heard the Tyler Acoustics Woodmere yet, I do own a pair of Tyler Acoustics Linbrooks, Signature Series. A buddy of mine has the super towers.
We both have had [basically] the same type of rig running up until recently. The main difference is that he uses SS amplification while I run primarily all tubed gear. Generally, in the past, no matter the gear we ran, it all boiled down to basically just a different flavor of a sonic signature. Nothing so dramatic that you would like one rig more than the other, just different flavors.
Oh, my manners....welcome to the forum.
I will tell you this. The Woodmere's are on my short list of things to own and when I get them, they will be my last speaker. I am a big fan of the Seas Millennium Tweeter [which is in the Linbrooks]. One step down, or "up" if you judge by price only, is the Revelator tweeter. That tweeter was in my last set of Tyler Acoustic speakers, the 7U's. That's the tweeter that got me hooked on Ty's speakers. I attended an audio event down in GA where they [7U's] were set up in a rather large living room. You could actually see BB King walking across the living room and you didn't even need to close your eyes. That's when I was hooked.
This is the first time I've admitted this on a public forum but the one gripe I have with the Linbrooks is that the lower registers? Well, they need to be up top as well as where they are located. That's why I want the Woodmere's. I already have everything the Woodmere's have to offer, and more. Hear me out. I have the Millenium tweeters, 4-7" Seas magnesium mid-ranges [2 per speaker] and 4-8.5" Seas aluminum cone woofers [2 per speaker]. All of which, the Woodmere's have but the Woodmere's have the 10" woofer and not the 8.5". BUT, in lieu of, I have added the 10" Seas aluminum cone woofers enclosed in custom built sub woofers [by Ty], each with a 1000w amp. It sounds pretty damn good and offers hours on end of sheer listening pleasure.
Am I satisfied? Nope. Is it better than most systems I have heard to date? Yep. For many reasons I may get into later, when time permits.
Allow me to go back to my buddy's rig. What he did was remove the crossover from the speaker altogether [which is an option on the Woodmere], upgraded all of the crossover components with the exception of the inductors, lined the enclosure with no Rez and added diffraction be gone. Remember when I mentioned that we had about the same rig, just different flavors? Not any more. Holy crap, my rig sounds like ass now. Before he did these things, both of are rigs were completely enjoyable and flat out wonderful to listen too.
Keep in mind, he's got a "lower" speaker than the Linbrook's if you look at the lineup of Ty's speakers. I'll be the first to tell you that his speakers have surpassed mine ten-fold and now my rig sounds like something you would purchase at K-Mart. EVERYTHING about the music, the feeling, the envelopment, the weight, the dynamics, the clarity, the impact, texture, focus, transients, imaging, detail, effective power, presence, punch, mid-range, atmosphere, well....I could go on for a while about this. Basically, it was as if he had gone from a 20 watt receiver to a 200 watt tube amp, switched from a CDP to an SACD player and purchased all MIT cabling all in one shot. Thing is, he didn't change a damn thing except the speaker.
I'm gonna do the same thing with the Linbrook's until I can sell what I have and get the Woodmere's to do the same exact thing. I'll tell you this....the ONLY speaker I would have traded "up" for was the Wilson Sophia [16K speaker]. After hearing his speakers? Screw the Wilson's.
For the record, he's got less money in his speakers, with all
of the upgrades than I do just in my Linbrooks. It's also a lot
less than 12K. You could even purchase 2 killer
subs, a Velodyne SMS-1 or 2 and a shitload more music for your collection and still have plenty of $$$ leftover.
The super towers...
It all depends on what your tastes are, how tuned your ears are to the subtleties and how loud you prefer your music. Of course, if you know how to tweak things? That will definitely help. There is the Cerwin-Vega crowd and then there are folks that appreciate the accurate reproduction of music.