I had planned on driving them with my Carverfest amps.
Just for the heck of it, I hooked the Dahlquists into the system in place of the ribbons in the Amazings, using the actual wires that normally drive the ribbons. (I biamp)
What happened next was completely unexpected:
As soon as I turned them on, the sound suddenly came to life.
There was so much more impact in transients.
I found myself wanting to play air guitar and drums again.
The music was everywhere in the room,
a carnival of sound, if you will.
I put on some classical and had to conduct.
Danse Macabre never sounded so good.
Don't get me wrong,
I'm a huge planar fan.
God knows I WANT the ribbons to sound better, but they just don't.
Not even close.
I would describe the ribbons as 'academically correct' or 'accurate' in comparison.
It's as if they aren't really all that into playing music, just kinda going through the motions,
like an old girlfriend, who no longer particularly enjoys your company, but hasn't found a replacement for you yet.
Hell, the Dahlquists shouldn't sound this good.
They buzz when I put any real power to them,
even though they're crossed to the Amazing woofers at 190 Hz.
So I ask of you, the experts:
Is this a line source vs. point source thing?
Is it my small listening room? it's only 12' W x 25' L?
I know I need room treatments in a big way, but why don't both sets suffer?
Is the 400~7 not enough for the ribbons?
Has 40 years of cones and their associated distortion trained my ear/brain to expect it?
Lots of you have heard Amazings and many of you also heard the DQ8s at Carverfest.
I look forward to hearing your insight on this one.