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sE Munro Egg 150 Studio Monitor System
By Frank Wells for Pro Audio Review   01.27.2012      
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1 Posted by : RussellD
Mar 20, 2012 5:53AM
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"multi year development" "starting with a clean slate" - I don't think so. This was done in 1995 by John Otvos for his Waveform Mach 1 and was used then by Telarc, Dorian and Delos. The physical appearance is so similar, I think Otvos should be credited, at least, by Andy Munro - if not paid a royalty. Here are a couple of reviews: http://www.stereotimes.com/speak020200.shtml http://www.vxm.com/21R.45.html
2 Posted by : nilasaga
Jun 17, 2014 5:53AM
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I wholly agree with the comment above. I communicated extensively with John Otvos in the '90s and actually got to know him quite well. I was in fact about to purchase a pair of Waveforms when -- no doubt to the dismay of more than a few knowledgeable audiophiles the world over – Waveform Research was dissolved due to lack of funding. (I received a prompt refund of my deposit.) Virtually all of Otvos’s initial research that led to the development and selection of the egg-shaped enclosure of his truly revolutionary loudspeaker was performed in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) using their advanced anechoic chamber. Visually (and it appears, even dimensionally to a good degree), sE's “new” egg design is a facsimile of Otvos's absolutely brilliant Mach 1 -- a speaker many knowledgeable high-end reviewers of the time (including Peter Aczel of the Audio Critic) unequivocally rated the finest loudspeaker ever made (to the extent it even surpassed the transparency of electrostatics of the time). Having listened to a pair (while being the owner of a high-end system costing six figures), I can wholeheartedly concur. The first time I saw a picture of sE's eggs adorning the cover of SOS (Sound On Sound) magazine, I truly thought Otvos had regrouped with a team of new investors and reentered the market. John Otvos deserves, at the very least, to be mentioned in the credits for having been the pioneer who perfected the 'egg' shaped loudspeaker.
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