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Old 02-05-2018, 12:28 PM
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Has anyone heard these speakers? If yes, can you please provide your listening impressions... There have been 2 recent reviews in both Stereophile and The Absolute Sound. They seem to be getting a great deal of favorable comments and buzz. They seem to be standouts at the shows, with reviewers going back to the room for a second listen, and then requesting review samples. I have to admit, I think the design & overall look is just spectacular. And the price is right (at least relatively speaking for TAD). Call me very intrigued at this point.

https://www.stereophile.com/content/...ne-loudspeaker

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/arti...1-loudspeaker/

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Old 02-05-2018, 09:50 PM
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I haven’t heard them, but wish I could. I love the CR-1s, and suspect these are cut from the same cloth in all the right ways.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:33 AM
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I haven’t heard them, but wish I could. I love the CR-1s, and suspect these are cut from the same cloth in all the right ways.
I see that you also have the excellent KEF LS-50. I'm wondering how the sound of the CR-1s compares to the LS50? Are they similar sounding, or totally different?
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:07 PM
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Hard to compare. My TADS are powered by 2 Accuphase A200s running with an accuphase c-3800 and similar surrounding sources. The KEFs are cranking tidal and podcasts, etc via a wyred4sound modded sonos connect. Not a fair fight ....

That said, I love the KEFs - overkill for the kitchen and their normal duty, but great nonetheless. Had the desired effect as I now hear my daughter turning down music from crappy systems because “it just doesn’t sound good Papi.”
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Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1) // REL S/3 SHO, with Longbow (2)
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:05 PM
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The key differences I've heard between the ME-1 and CR-1 are in bass and treble. The CR1 are kind of ruthless - I don't mean that in a bad way but imagine them as being ultra precise so if you have any issues in your chain or music you will hear it clearly. The ME-1 have similar dynamics and sound stage but the top end is way more forgiving (softer, rolled off, lower volume?) The other thing is that they are lacking in bass so if you like thump you will need subs. I'm personally a firm believer in subs no matter what you're using if they can be integrated well but that's another topic.

I'd say give Ivan a call, the pricing point for TAD is incredible to step into the brand. I think they're only going to get more popular from here on out.
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The key differences I've heard between the ME-1 and CR-1 are in bass and treble. The CR1 are kind of ruthless - I don't mean that in a bad way but imagine them as being ultra precise so if you have any issues in your chain or music you will hear it clearly. The ME-1 have similar dynamics and sound stage but the top end is way more forgiving (softer, rolled off, lower volume?) The other thing is that they are lacking in bass so if you like thump you will need subs. I'm personally a firm believer in subs no matter what you're using if they can be integrated well but that's another topic.

I'd say give Ivan a call, the pricing point for TAD is incredible to step into the brand. I think they're only going to get more popular from here on out.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:42 PM
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Here is a very good review;https://www.cnet.com/news/the-tad-me...udio-speakers/
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The TAD ME-1 ups the ante for 'small' high-end audio speakers
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:10 PM
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I heard them in Munich. Absolutely knocked my socks off, even when driven by pedestrian pioneer electronics. Of all the many awesome speakers heard while there, these really stand out. My buddy is in the process of purchasing a pair as a result.
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Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1) // REL S/3 SHO, with Longbow (2)
Power > PS Audio P10 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints ultra SS (8)
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Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
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KEF LS50 Wireless
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And, as mentioned above, the price <> performance ratio was astounding.
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Amplification > Accuphase A200 (2) / C3800 / C37
Sources > PS Audio DirectStream DAC > DirectStream Memory Player > Silenzio by -E- (via Roon/NAS) > Magnum-Dynalab > MD-108T SE / MD-205 > ClearAudio / Innovation / Universal > Lyra / Kleos
Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1) // REL S/3 SHO, with Longbow (2)
Power > PS Audio P10 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints ultra SS (8)
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced


Kitchen:

KEF LS50 Wireless
Wyred4Sound Modded Sonos Connect
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Old 06-07-2018, 05:15 PM
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Update: so I ended up ordering a brand new pair of ME1's (in the new Titanium Silver finish) and I could not be happier with the performance so far. I am absolutely amazed by the pin-point imaging, sound-stage, coherence, dynamics and musicality of these speakers. They just seem to do everything right! Even the low-end bass extension is quite stunning for a bookshelf sized speaker, and supremely accurate and textured. Vocals are so natural and lifelike. The build quality and overall fit & finish is beyond reproach. It has been a joy to rediscover my favorite music recordings with these speakers.
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