Soavo-1 Review Conclusion
Yamaha has made some really nice speakers in the Soavo series. These towers are some of the nicest looking speakers I've seen and the build quality of the Soavo-1s is enough to make me wonder if they aren't slightly overbuilt (meaning they could probably cost a little less without sacrificing performance). They exhibit a very clean soundstage, though you'll have to play a bit with the toe-in for best results. I found the low frequency extension of these speakers to be accurate and not boomy - important with a full-range system. There wasn't anything I threw at it that caused the bottom end to waver or the ports to chuff - it simply plays back everything it can and does it reliably. I think that listeners with an ear for good sound and an eye for good aesthetics could do a lot worse than the Soavo-1's. Yamaha has clearly put a lot of their musical instrument-making skills into these towers and it shows.
Yamaha Soavo-1 Loudspeakers
6660 Orangethorpe Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90620
Yamaha Electronics Corporation (YEC), USA, based in Buena Park, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha. YEC offers Home Theater components and systems, featuring A/V Receivers, Amplifiers, DVD/CD, Speakers, Mini-Systems, Video Projection, as well as A/V & IT Convergence Products.
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Could the subdued mid-range be due to the loss of the "Wave-Guide-Horn" in the Soavo-1, rather than the driver design? But why has Yamaha stopped using its White Spruce (WSD) cones. It was claimed, at the time, to the "world's lightest cone material."
I Think this is wrong. What you show in the picture is the crossover for the bass drivers and not for the tweeter. (In many speakers that are bi-ampable they put the crossover for the bass drivers in front of the crossover for the mid and tweeter) I think they (Yamaha) use a high quality Solen capacitors for the mid and Tweeter. Here is a picture of the crossover components:
Glad I could help. I purchased my Macross Plus soundtrack back when it was released in the US. Now I would try ebay.
If you are a fan of Macross Plus music you might also like the music from Cowboy Bebop. It was written by the same person, Yoko Kanno. The opening song from Cowboy Bebop is called "Tank", and I think it just rocks!
Good luck with your speaker search and your CD search.
i already have the best of cowboy bebop, and also escaflowne: lovers only. they are very good. if u think cowboy is good, then u most definitely seek out escaflowne if u like orchestral work ( for example carmina burana or conan the brabarian soundtrack). no ebay for me, too many fake ones. so i will get them from hmv japan.
By the way, those are some of the cutest baby pictures I have ever seen. They make me smile everytime I see them.