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Folks, Some of you including @Lurch might be interested in the story behind these, if not as a prospecive purchase. I've drafted a listing on the 'bay (pending £1 final valuation offer) at £699 or offers with the description below, but here is the background story. You may recall how I accidentally bought a pair of Japanese-market-only Pioneer S-180A's with knackered woofer foams which I had sorted by Mike Powell: and subsequently included these speakers in my vintage monitor bake-off in Kendal: Well I put them up on the 'bay at £799 hoping for £599 and got a few watchers but no real interest... except for oen chap who asked if I might be interested in a trade. He had failed to sell his Ushers, at £699, was looking for some easier and larger speakers to drive and offered a straight swap. I agreed because I thought the more compact Usher standmounts might be niche but less niche and therefor easier to shift. We shook electronic hands and the dodgy-looking car boot swap thing took place at Ferrybridge Services. They're a bit, er, bling in their styling for me but when I hooked them up today I was surprised by the SQ. Yes the treble isn't as clear and textured as the incumbent ProAc D30RS or ATC SCM40 (no sh1t, Sherlock) but it was crisp and clear; the bass rolls off before it goes really deep and gets a bit one-note just before it does so but it is strong and has real bite. My wife asked whether we could hang them off the kitchen wallls instead of the titchy little Dali Zensors we have there (answer No because they weigh 37lbs each, are rear ported and 16" deep). Anyway, I know wammers like nothing more than some hifi porn so fill your boots with these tarts! ___________________________________________________________ 'bay listing Usher Audio Compass X719 Excellent condition with only the lightest of surface scratches to top (not noticeable in everyday use) stopping me from describing them as mint. Eye-catching "statement" speaker with sonics to match. Introduced by Usher Audio in 2004, the X719 received good reviews in the US and elsewhere but remain little known in the UK despite being impressive speakers with a wide soundstage, crisp treble and powerful bass. Search for “Usher X719 review” and reviews from Stereophile and AudioReview should pop up. They weigh in at 17kg (37lbs) each and the solid cabinets must help with the remarkably low resonance and resultant sonic quality. The high gloss cabinets are in excellent condition. I had to place the speakers in several different positions and photograph them from various angles in order to make the surface scratches on the tops visible - installed in my room the scratches are simply not noticeable. I’ve therefore resisted the temptation to try and polish these out for sale. The side panels are excellent, as are the front grilles. For comparative prices, search HiFiShark for Usher X719 and you’ll see prices ranging from £620 to £1080; all are in continental Europe. You won’t find better or cheaper than this pair. I hesitated about including photos of the stands as they are a home-made copy of those provided by Usher at an additional cost of $400 (the speakers themselves were $1000 so these were an expensive accessory). But I wouldn’t want anyone to be put off buying the speakers because of the additional cost of stands bought separately; if you want them, I will include these stands at no cost. Complete with brass effect spikes and cups and two bolts to fit the threaded hole in the base of the speakers designed to secure them to the original Usher stands. The stands would look better if stained a darker colour like the original Usher ones eg. walnut. I don’t have the original packaging so these are listed as collection only, and preferably in person not by a courier. I’m happy to put the kettle on! You could arrange your own courier at your cost and risk but I cannot be held responsible for any damage in transit (sorry, been there, had to deal with that). ___________ Two-way, reflex-loaded stand-mounted loudspeaker. Drive-units: Usher 9950 1" silk-dome tweeter, Usher 8945 7" carbon-fibre-impregnated paper-cone woofer. Crossover frequency: 2kHz. Frequency range: 38Hz-20kHz (no limits given). Sensitivity: 88dB/W/m. Nominal impedance: 8 ohms. Power handling: 80W. Dimensions: 15.6" (40cm) H by 10.5" (27cm) W by 16" (41cm) D. Weight: 17kg (37lbs).
Hi Any members in and around London / West Essex own a pair of these ? Usher Mini 2 Dancer , DMD Diamond Tweeter If you do could I have a listen please , Im interested in buying a pair but the seller is in Wales , bit far for a audition