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Madisound Sledgeling (Kit)
8 Reviews
rating  4.5 of 5
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Description: 2 way bookshelf speaker


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PMartinez a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow up on the Madison Odin speaker.

I was never quite satisified with the high end on these speakers. I felt that they were too 'echoic', i.e., the decay was too long on many high notes. To solve this problem I replaced the Seas tweeters with a Vifa XT25TG30 and the result was quite stunning. Now these speakers are a pure joy to listen to.

If you really want to save money, you can build a great sounding monitor speaker from Parts Express with the following parts:

Parts from Parts Express:

#300 – 704 - .22 cu ft cabinet
#300 – 708 - .55 cu ft cabinet ( ½ in MDF)

#091- 1245 - Dayton gold-plated binding posts
#268 -030 - vinyl damping material
#260 – 317 - Acousta-stuf

Crossovers
#260 – 142 - Dayton 2.5 kHz
#269 - 342 - Exacta 2.5 kHz Crossover

Speakers

Woofer:
#299 -182 - Peerless 6.5 in (91.5 db eff)

Tweeter:
#279-125 - inexpensive $8.80 silk dome
#264-555 - Vifa XT25TG30 - dual concentric
#276-514 - ScanSpeak 9900 revelator

Aperiodic Vent
#296-546 - ScanSpeak aperiodic vent

Wire:

Buy 14 feet of flat wire from Madisound.

You just several hours of spare time, a little urethane glue, some spray lacquer and a little knowledge and you have a fantastic speaker, better than any of the ARs and as good as many of the $3000 speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   PartsExpress



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sam9 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Very good speaker for the size or price. Easy to build. A couple of quality /customer service issues that don't sound.
Although there are a number of good ~$200 /pair speakers on the market, this one of the better ones. If you are a DIYer, you might think about eventually building a better XO - this one is a very simple first order. It works, but I'll bet it could be improved on.

Overall, better sound for $175 than you will normally find off the shelf

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PMartinez a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the Madisound Odin speakers. This speaker is a dual Seas 6.5" configuration with a Seas Excel tweeter. The configuration is a vented box with the drivers above and below the tweeter.

The kit comes with a state of the art crossover and some good damping material. I added additional padding for the sides of the box.

It takes about 2 hours to assemble both and the result is spectacular. I have currently loaned this set out to an enthusiast who was blown away by the clean, detailed midrange and finely detailed highs.

The cabinet is a nicely constructed, 'Chinese' box with oak veneer in either black or white.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $964.00

Purchased At:   Madisound.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Regis Gravlin a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
My friend purchased these and I put them, together.
Being the tweak I am modifications were done a week after being built and intial listening was done.

The cabinet was lined with a very very good elastomeric damping material. A Dynaudio vario-vent was added.
The result was much improved bass response. More extended, cleaner and clearer high end and more open and pronounced vocals without sounding hefty.
Value ratings are after mods were done.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 26, 1999

Bottom Line:   
The speaker is good for its value. I got mine for $185 because I upgraded it to the real oak box. The real oak box is a bit bigger and more heavy. Madisound didn't spend much time on designing the crossover. It's just a first order, simple design. I think the speaker can do better if Madisound can provide a better crossover. If you have less than 200 dollars budget on a pair of speakers, I would suggest you listen to psb mini, mission 731i etc. If none of them can satify you, then try this one.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999




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