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Nearfield Acoustics PipeDreams
9 Reviews
rating  4.33 of 5
MSRP  80000.00
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Nelson a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Mr.Damm above must have heard them
set up wrong. I love the JM Lab
Utopia line, as most people do, but
the pipedreams when properly set up
are the best speakers in the world.

I bought my model 18s used, and the
fellow that I bought them from had
them too far apart, in the corners
of the room, with a big fireplace and
flat TV in between them. It sounded lousy there,
as expected. In my room, the factory
recomemded setup (away from the walls,
spread further apart than the distance
to the listening chair), the speakers
sound wonderful!

They are easy to drive, my 8 watt 211
amps drive them very loud without
clipping.

These speakers kick butt.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $16000.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The Pipedreams represent a sonic improvement so profound, it's like the step from black & white to color TV. Even with a $20,000+ price tag on the smallest models, I truly believe they represent a tremendous value.
While I cannot afford them, I am fortunate to have audiophile friends of greater means. And it's through these friendships that I've been able to enjoy extended sessions in front of the Pipedreams three times now.
Twice I've heard the seven-foot model called the reference 18s. One session was with the eight-foot model called the reference 21s. In my experience, the difference between the two models is negligible.
Each of these sessions has been in a different room and with different electronics. Regardless, the Pipedreams presented themselves (and the music) the very same. I've never heard such a stunning and perfected combination of detail, dynamics, and soundstage.
As for detail, the Pipedreams are living proof that other speakers literally shortchange you. You will be amazed at how much more music you hear – music that is indeed recorded but not reproduced due to failures in the playback chain. On some acoustic guitar tracks, for example, the Pipes deliver the subtle and beautiful harmonic resonance of strings not played. That's a treat I previously believed could only be enjoyed at a live performance in close quarters.
As for dynamics, the Pipes have changed my mind about the ability of cones and domes to deliver a cat-quick punch. I've always been a fan of dynamics, and have for years kept around a pair of horn speakers to give me an occassional "dynamic fix." But the inherent timing vulgarities of horns frequently smear impacts of broader spectrum. The Pipes, on the other hand, don't seem to care what frequency or combination of frequencies is played – the dynamics are the same. They're always powerful and perfectly linear.
As for soundstage, the Pipes are truly holographic. Not only are the images vividly three-dimensional, they are more palpable and more stable than anything I have heard before. Let's say, for example, that a female singer is front-left in the soundstage and is singing directly to your position, front row center in the audience (your sofa). Now with typical speakers, when you move your listening position to either side of the room, the soundstage makes a dramatic shift. You lose your bearing on which direction the singer is singing. Dimensionality collapses. The image disappears. With the Pipedreams, the soundstage remains fixed. The singer is still just as palpable as ever. And she's still singing to the sofa! It's the same as if you moved your position at a live performance.
Another thing I like about the Pipedreams is the size of the image. It's lifelike. So many speakers reduce an image to the point that you feel far removed from the stage. With the Pipes, you're always up front. And the image, rather than being restricted to the space between the speakers, seems to even break through the boundaries of adjacent walls.
I am saving my money for Pipedreams.





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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Nielsen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2000

Bottom Line:   
These are the best I have ever heard at any price.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   Listened to them at Nicholson's Hi Fi in Nashville



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Payes a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2000

Bottom Line:   
The 7' Reference 18 I recently purchased is without doubt the best speaker I have owned. It replaced Eidolons which
are a hard act to follow.
The Pipedreams recreate on many recordings a close facsimile to real music.
The Pipedreams at one level provide all the necessary audiophile essentials, dynamics, soundstaging , timbral accuracy and a wide sweet spot. However they are at a
completely different level to all other speakers I have auditioned in their incredibile musicality. They produce
goose bumps , an emotional involvement with the music
that is unsurpassed.
The Pipedreams are remarkable in their ability to create
an enormous soundfield without any audible distortion or
room overload. My room is 13'x22'x9' brick walls and timber floor. Acoustic room treatment has tamed certain room nodes
but obtaining good bass with other speakers such as the Eidolon was always difficult. The individual electronic crossovers enable a perfect matching of the bass subs to the midrange/treble towers and to the room . Control over phase , amplitude and crossover slopes play a large part in producing tuneful, tight and natural bass.
The soundstaging and imaging is superb, better IMHO than even the superlative Eidolons.
In all areas they easily outperform the Eidolons(but at 2x
the price they ought to)
One reviewer commented that the Grand Utopias were better in soundstaging and spatial recreation. I beleive the Eidolon outperforms the Utopias in this area .
The Pipedreams are in a different leaque to these 2 fine speakers however, but then again all audiophiles have their
biases.
In a word the Pipedreams create real music, and that surely is all we are looking for.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rob Damm a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Compared to other "cost no object" speakers, I feel these are overrated. I compared them to the 70k JMlab Utopia Grand and found the Grand to blow them away in terms of spatial resolution and soundstaging. The soundstage of the Pipes seems contrived and the same for every recording. The imaging, as well is not on par. In fact, many 2-5k minimonitors have better imaging ability

The pipes play louder than any speaker ever created, as far as I'm concerned and have the best bass I've ever heard. I really feel that they aren't worth the money, though. On the other hand, I would be willing to take out a home quity loan to buy the JMlabs Utopia Grand.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999




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