The goal is to supply you with enough information so you can decide if a particular speaker is worth a serious listen. Arcam Alto The coolest cosmetic feature on these fairly conventional looking two-way speakers is the magnetic speaker grill attachments. No broken little plastic thingees littering your desktop no matter how many times you take the grills on or off.
Even with two smallish front-firing ports the Alto has a surprisingly neutral harmonic balance when used nearfield. The very minor amount of extra warmth in the lower midrange and upper bass makes it almost not worth the effort to plug the ports. Upper frequencies are sweet and extended with above average articulation and speed for a silk dome tweeter.
The Alto speaker combines excellent low-level detail retention with impressive power handling capabilities. Although they deal with power well, due to their fairly crisp harmonic presentation, especially in the upper midrange, they can be slightly fatiguing after several hours of listening to aggressive sources.
The Danish-made Alto exhibits a very high level of fit and finish, with a sharp looking silver colored front baffle and a carefully finished teak veneer cabinet. A double set of five-way binding posts permits bi-amplifying or bi-wiring. In their price range the Altos deliver a fine combination of looks and performance. For tech details see the Arcam website at www.
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Their higher price is due in large part to their labor-intensive cabinet design. Not only is the front baffle curved, but the cabinet sides are too. Making wood cabinets bend like that is not simple or cheap, but it is visually appealing. Unlike many ported speakers that can get a bit lumpy in the upper bass when pushed the N-Sat's sealed box design ensures that they remain harmonically linear. Play them loud or soft and they will deliver the same articulate yet relaxed voice.
Even after a full day of listening at fairly high SPLs to aggressive sources I experienced absolutely no listening fatigue.
Due to their physical size they don't completely disappear as well as smaller speakers, but the N-Sats imaging, especially lateral placement, is still surprisingly good. Because they are a sealed-box design the N-Sats blend seamlessly with a subwoofer, but if you can't or won't use a sub, their inner cabinet volume allows for decent bass response down to 70Hz. The review pair had a light cherry veneer with perfectly book-matched front baffles. Instead of five-way binding post the N-Sats use flush mounted connectors designed for banana plugs.
Bi-amping or bi-wiring is not an option. Like the BG Z-1s the N-Sats require a larger desktop due to their physical size, but if you have the space and money the N-Sats will give you a great time. For additional technical information see Naim's website at www. BG Corporation Z-1 Ribbon tweeters make these different from every other bookshelf speakers I've tried at my desktop. Even at only moderate levels the Z-1's have a unique clarity and articulate character that makes them instantly attractive.
I was especially surprised by how well they disappear, since they are not small at 7" by 13" by 9. Also the Z-1s create a nice large listening widow. Their image shifts less with head movements than many comparably sized speakers. The Z-1's have a large rear port that can and probably should be plugged for desktop use. But even plugged the Z-1's are a bit huffy in the upper bass.
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This extra bit of bass and lower midrange energy I call it the LS35A effect combined with the ribbon tweeter's airiness gives the speakers a slightly happy-faced harmonic balance. Still, especially if you are an electrostatic or ribbon tweeter fan, you're going to feel very much at home with the Z-1's. At higher volumes the Z1-s hold up well, especially in their upper frequencies with only a bit of extra bass energy.
My review samples had a rich-looking cherry veneer. Speed dating , as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events. Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events. Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event.
At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date. At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to. If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties. Contact information cannot be traded during the initial meeting, in order to reduce pressure to accept or reject a suitor to his or her face.
Requirement for each event vary with the organizer. Specific age range based on gender is a common restriction for events. Many speed dating events are targeted at particular communities: Some feel that speed dating has some obvious advantages over most other venues for meeting people, such as bars, discotheques , etc. Unlike many bars, a speed dating event will, by necessity, be quiet enough for people to talk comfortably.
Participants can come alone without feeling out of place; alternatively it is something that women who like to go out in groups can do together. Because the matching itself happens after the event, people do not feel pressured to select or reject each other in person. On the other hand, feedback and gratification are delayed as participants must wait a day or two for their results to come in. The time limit ensures that a participant will not be stuck with a boorish match for very long, and prevents participants from monopolizing one another's time.
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On the other hand, a couple that decides they are incompatible early on will have to sit together for the duration of the round. Most speed dating events match people at random, and participants will meet different "types" that they might not normally talk to in a club. On the other hand, the random matching precludes the various cues, such as eye contact, that people use in bars to preselect each other before chatting them up.
According to the New York Times, participants in speed dating experience an average of 2 in 10 or 3 in 10 matches. Online dating participants, in contrast, only find a compatible match with 1 in or fewer of the profiles they study. While over companies in the US offered speed dating through online registration during the growing of the Internet, between and three large speed dating companies emerged with a national footprint in the US, with events in over 50 US cities: Hurrydate, 8MinuteDating and Pre-Dating.
In the UK, there are two companies that run events in more than twenty cities: Speed Dater and Slow Dating. They were the first to hold Speed Dating Events in Australia in and still operate to this present day. Pre-Dating was acquired by Cupid. Several online dating services offer online speed dating where users meet online for video, audio or text chats. The advantage of online speed dating is that users can go on dates from home as it can be done from any internet enabled computer.
The disadvantage is people do not actually meet one another. One of the advantages that speed dating has over online speed dating and online dating in general is that when being face to face with someone, one gets a better sense of who they are due to their body language, gestures, tonality and more.
There have been several studies of the round-robin dating systems themselves, as well as studies of interpersonal attraction that are relevant to these events. Other studies found speed-dating data useful as a way to observe individual choices among random participants. A study at the University of Pennsylvania of multiple HurryDate speed dating events found that most people made their choices within the first three seconds of meeting. Furthermore, issues such as religion, previous marriages, and smoking habits were found to play much less of a role than expected. It also found that dialogue concerning travel resulted in more matches than dialogue about films.
In a study, researchers found that activation of specific brain regions while viewing images of opposite-sex speed dating participants was predictive of whether or not a participant would later pursue or reject the viewed participants at an actual speed dating event.
Men and women made decisions in a similar manner which incorporated the physical attractiveness and likability of the viewed participants in their evaluation. Malcolm Gladwell 's book on split-second decision making, Blink , introduces two professors at Columbia University who run speed-dating events. Sheena Iyengar and Raymond Fisman found, from having the participants fill out questionnaires, that what people said they wanted in an ideal mate did not match their subconscious preferences.
A study at the University of Bern showed that women appear to be attracted to the smell of men who have different MHC profiles from their own, and that oral contraceptives reversed this effect. The MHC is a region of the human genome involved with immune function. Because parents with more diverse MHC profiles would be expected to produce offspring with stronger immune systems , dissimilar MHC may play a role in sexual selection.