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Voicing early KEF speakers

 
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Gary
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:22 am    Post subject: Voicing early KEF speakers Reply with quote

Many quality manufacturers "voice" their products with music, vocals and spoken word. Since I am not a speaker manufacturer, I have no direct experience with this but I presume that when developing a new speaker or a driver/tweeter, along with endurance and frequency tests, they also perform listening tests.

I know that some (all?) manufacturers use pink noise (or white noise?) to see how their speakers perform.

Does anyone know what KEF used as test records to develop and tweak test records?

As engineers generally were not long haired hippie types, I would guess that they used vocalists (Sinatra? Petula Clark? Mantovani?) and big band or orchestras to see how their products sounded before releasing them.

Would early KEF speakers shine with this type of music?

Or am I totally out in left field? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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engineers generally were not long haired hippie types


Some clues taken from the Concerto, Chorale, Coda, Ref. 103, Ref. 104, Calinda, Cantata, etc. Installation Instructions Listening Tests section.

Speech – ARGO(m)RG484 Elizabethan and Jacobean Lyric

String Orchestra – ARGO(s)ZRG5467 Mendelssohn String Symphonies Nos. 9,10&12

Full Orchestra – HMV(s)ASD608 Falla The Three Cornered Hat

Full Orchestra – DECCA(s)SXL6290 Dvorak Symphony No. 3

Full Orchestra – DGG(s)138974SLPM Sibelius No. 4

String Orchestra – DECCA(s)SXL6196 Shostakovitch Quartet No. 10

Piano Solo – DECCA(s)SXL6301 Mozart Sonatas played by Backhaus

Organ – HMV(s)CSD3657 Allan Wicks at Canterbury Catherdral

Soprano – DECCA(s)SXL2256 The Art of the Prima Donna

Dance Band – POLYDOR(s)583551 Bert Kaemphert Best Seller

Piano Concerto – DECCA(s)SXL6322 Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Backhaus

Cello Concerto – HMV(s)ASD2331 Haydn Cello Concerto in C
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say that that list was a little more than a hint!!!!!

Thanks for posting that - I might poke about and see if I have any of that but I gave away a few hundred classical LPs a few years ago. I still have about 100 or more... including a 10 or 11 LP set of The Rings! Eeek! First LP, first side.... the orchestra is warming up! Surprised
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