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SOLD: Usher Audio Compass X719 - superb - £599 inc Wam discount

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Super Wammer

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!

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'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).

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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).

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I've got the floorstanding version of these, and after changing speakers regularly for years they ain't going nowhere.  A couple of visitors have commented on less treble than they're used to but I don't notice it when listening and it might explain why they are long run keepers.

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1 hour ago, Lawrence001 said:

I've got the floorstanding version of these, and after changing speakers regularly for years they ain't going nowhere.  A couple of visitors have commented on less treble than they're used to but I don't notice it when listening and it might explain why they are long run keepers.

When I saw the L in your avatar I thought you were Lurch, also a happy Usher owner... glad to know there are others who appreciate the sound they offer.

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I've got a pair and they are fantastic, but honestly they NEED a lot of power to make them sing. The 88dB/W/m sensitivity figure is misleading as they have quite the uneven impedance curve, I'd say you need 70 or 80 good watts with plenty of drive to get the best out of them. When you do though, they really put a smile on your face. Bass becomes deep and the top end clears and becomes highly transparent and revealing. Underpowered though, they sound a bit muddy and ponderous. I use a 200w Luxman power amp with mine, draw your own conclusions :)

These ones seem in very nice order and are a bit of a steal at the asking price. They will make someone (with a big amp) very happy :)

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4 hours ago, smegger68 said:

I've got a pair and they are fantastic, but honestly they NEED a lot of power to make them sing. The 88dB/W/m sensitivity figure is misleading as they have quite the uneven impedance curve, I'd say you need 70 or 80 good watts with plenty of drive to get the best out of them. When you do though, they really put a smile on your face. Bass becomes deep and the top end clears and becomes highly transparent and revealing. Underpowered though, they sound a bit muddy and ponderous. I use a 200w Luxman power amp with mine, draw your own conclusions :)

These ones seem in very nice order and are a bit of a steal at the asking price. They will make someone (with a big amp) very happy :)

Thanks James. I heard them on the end of my Arcam A49 (Class G=class A to 50W, 200w a side) and they made me smile. If you know anyone who has enjoyed yours and think they might be interested in these then PM me ASAP as they'll be on the 'bay by the weekend.

All the best,

Nigel

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Bump, as they say. “Sold” for £549 until, 4 hours before the meet, the chap who “bought” them had a change of heart about the sound he wanted and the look he wanted ☹️🙄

Make me an offer.

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Thursday* bump, just for the hell of it. Make me an irresistible Thursday offer and make our Thursday a Thursday to remember.

*other days are available 

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They are lovely looking speakers Nigel, but what are the bass cones made from?

Good luck with the sale.

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Colin the woofer is Paper with Carbon Fibre flecs to increase stiffness

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https://www.stereophile.com/standloudspeakers/504usher/index.html

Both the X-719's drive-units are sourced from Taiwan. The 1" tweeter uses a silk diaphragm, with a moderate-viscosity magnetic fluid used in the voice-coil gap to dissipate heat and improve mechanical linearity. Usher claims that the tweeter is capable of reaching much lower in frequency than typical tweeters. The X-719 therefore features a lower crossover point than usual, 2kHz, which relieves the bass/midrange unit of the need to reproduce higher frequencies, which Usher claims results in superior definition. The crossover is a fourth-order acoustic design. The cast-aluminum-framed 7" woofer uses a paper cone filled with carbon fiber to increase stiffness and to damp resonances. Reflex loading is provided by a 2"-diameter port on the cabinet rear. The woofer motor has a T-shaped pole-piece with a copper sleeve and shorting ring, and provides for a peak-peak "throw" of 12mm.
 
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Open to offers, including stupid ones, at which I reserve the right to guffaw dismissively... but might treat as a start to a protracted negotiation process resulting in a mutually agreeable settlement. If we can negotiate a Brexit deal with the EU, how hard can a speaker deal be? Sorry, just hold it there, I have an incoming update in my earpiece. Ah, I see.

Open to derisory offers.

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PS. Can bring to hifi show in Leamington if collection from Leics presents a problem and a deal is done prior.

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Friday bump. 

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Weekend bump.

Time to Usher in a new hearer!

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