As a kid in the 1970s, I heard a pair of Snell Type A powered by a Sansui 9090db. I heard these at a friend’s house on a regular basis and was mesmerized. It motivated me to build my first system, but at 16-years old, I couldn’t afford much. The magazines were praising Dahlquist DQ-10 at the time. I lusted after them, but at $1000, they were out of reach. That was long ago—42 years to be exact.

Since then, I've spent a significant amount of time with Dahlquist DQ-10, DQ-20i, Alon Model I, Model II, Model V, Alon Circe, Shahinian Obelisk, Shahinian Hawks, Magnepan 3.7i, and Ohm 200. I’m often disappointed with traditional box speakers. I’m drawn to open-baffle and omni-directional designs. The Shahinian Hawks have everything I want. They have a spaciousness that completely fills the room and brings you to the performance, a midrange that haunts, a bottom end that hits you, and a top end that reveals more delicacies than you've heard on a recording. The Obelisk are close seconds, but I’m still fascinated with the DQ-10. They were so far ahead of their time.


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Dimensions: 17’ × 13’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’

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Hello Mingles,

I also admire your approach to building a system, DIY is much more fun than plug'n'play. I have the Sonic Euphoria Passive as well, along with DIY speakers. I've been wanting to build the Bottlehead Extended Foreplay III, it's good to know how much you enjoy it.

Enjoy that fine system, and Happy Holidays!

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