Post by Cogito on Nov 14, 2016 19:29:24 GMT -5
This was another system I auditioned. Great vocals and top end, but the bass was a bit anemic to me. Normally, this is not an issue as I have a good sub, but I listen to 90% of my music with the sub off and running my Wharfedales full range. I guyess that's why I have so much interest in the Philharmonic Aduio's BMR Philharmonitor with it's rated -2dB at 30 Hz. That's impressive!
With that said, Dennis Murphy of Philharmonic did eventually get back to me. Current deliveries have been delayed a bit. Here is the E-mail he sent me explaining.
"Hi Steve Thanks for writing. Things are getting a little complicated with the BMR's for a couple of reasons. First, the furniture grade finish shown on the website has proven too costly and time consuming to continue as the standard offering. It requires multiple sanding and sealing sessions that can add a month to the build time. The standard finish is now a simpler process that works well on several standard veneers, walnut included. However, the finish will not be absolutely mirror smooth like the furniture-grade. It would be more along the lines of a kitchen cabinet. Furniture grade is still available, but it adds $200 to the cost. Second, Jim Salk is extremely short-handed now. He sent the crew member in charge of veneering and finishing back to Mexico to get a proper green card, and he's been stuck there for 3 months waiting for the bureaucracy to review is documentation and spring him loose. In the mean time, Jim has had to do all that work himself. He does beautiful work, but he has to run a very busy operation as well. Realistically, a pair of BMR's in the standard finish would take 2-3 months, and furniture grade at least 3 months. Jim could do grills in most any color, but metal would not be feasible. In view of all the complications, I'm also offering a plan B for people willing to go with cherry or piano black and don't mind giving up a couple of Hz of bass extension in return for significantly lower cost and turnaround time. This version of the BMR would use a .75 cu ft prefabricated curved cabinet like the .5 cu ft one shown for the New Philharmonitor on my web site. The cabinet is 2" shorter than the regular model, which does reduce bass extension slightly but actually improves power handling. I don't think power handling would be an issue with either model unless you intend to use the BMR's without a sub for HT on bass-heavy program material at very high volume. The ScanSpeak woofer is widely regarded as the most rugged available in this size class. Lead time for the smaller version would be 2-3 weeks. I offer a 3-year full warranty that covers anything other than obvious abuse or cats. Shipping is capped at $100, and the actual charge to Maine would probably hit the cap depending on which version of the BMR you chose. Best wishes, Dennis Murphy"