Tyler Acoustics System 9 Floorstanding Speakers

System 9

Affordable World Class Loudspeaker

User Reviews (6)

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teikinas   Audio Enthusiast [May 05, 2005]
Strength:

These speakers are for people who like fast, accurate, detailed speakers. They listen to well recorded music and are motivated to get the best sound without blowing their kid’s college accounts. They also have fairly good equipment. Big amps are not necessary! Not for people who like a very warm, laid back speaker with a lot of mid bass sound and who listen to heavy rock or rap.

Weakness:

These are not quite full range speakers. Tyler said they were not. In order to reach full range they may need a sub. Better be a good fast sub.

My friends and I are sitting here listening to a Laverne Butler CD on my new Tyler 7Us and they cannot believe how good these speakers sound. My have the Seas Millennium tweeter. These speakers do a number of things very well. First and foremost the tweeter is detailed without sounding harsh. I have another pair of speakers which have the Focal TCD 120 tweeters. Very detailed, but annoying at higher volume levels. The piano is especially well re-created. These speakers also have just about the best mid range I have ever heard. As all the other reviews state, these speakers just disappear. I believe that these small floor-standing make a GREAT alternative to bookshelves. Same foot print, with all the advantages of a larger speaker.

Similar Products Used: Aerials 7B, Totem Mani's, B&W 70?, Home made MTMs with Focal drivers. Coda Continuum Amp and Pre-amp Rega Planet 2000 CD Player
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
marjon   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 10, 2003]
Strength:

Beautiful, musical mid-range Imaging, the speakers disappear Inner detail & sustaining notes (like the metal ring of acoustic guitar strings) Full rich & tight bass reproduction

Weakness:

None

This is an update to my earlier review on the Tyler Acoustic 7U loudspeakers. I've owned the 7U's for over two years now and have upgraded virtually every other component. With every upstream upgrade came an improvement in the sound of the 7U's. I've also tweaked my system with Mapleshade & Herbies anti-vibration accessories. With the speakers having time to break in, the component upgrades, and the anti-vibration stuff, I just can't believe how good my system sounds (with relatively budget priced components). The Tyler 7U's don't have quite the dynamics, the range, or the bottom end of my friends Revel Studios, but they're not that far off. On most acoustic music, I usually prefer the sound of the 7U's to my friends Revels. Since my last review, the bottom end has filled in nicely and is now a strength of the 7U's. The imaging is phenominal and the inner detail has improved significantly. The 7U's still pull their magical disappearing act and the sheer musicality of the system has really come together. The 7U's are the main reason. I have a second system with similar electronics and a set of Meadowlark Kestrel 2 speakers. The new Kestrels are fine speakers with lovely imaging and a pretty fair level of detail, but they can't compare to the Tyler 7U's. (In fairness, the Kestrel 2's also cost quite a bit less than the Tyler 7U's.) I won't be parting with my Tyler Acoustic 7U's anytime soon. They're keepers and with every upgrade just keep improving. SYSTEM: Mistral LE integrated amp Granite Audio 560 power cord Music Hall CD-25 w/level 1+ modification Music Metre Silver I/C's Granite Audio 555 power cord Music Hall MMF-5 turntable Monolithic PS-1 phono amp & power supply Pure Silver Sound I/C's (to phono) 2" maple boards, brass cones & iso-feet Mapleshade Double Helix Plus speaker cable Tyler Acoustic 7U loudspeakers

Similar Products Used: Axiom PSB Stratus Meadowlark Revel
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
John   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 02, 2001]
Strength:

Sweet detailed highs. Smoothest mid-range.
Go loud without ever sounding harsh. Speakers disappear.

Weakness:

None

I have always loved listening to music, but I am relatively new to high-end audio. I consider myself a "budget" audio enthusiast. About a month ago I purchased a pair of Taylo 7U's directly from Tyler Acoustics. The 7U has the same drivers as the Reference Monitor but in a tower with a second mid/bass driver (check the reviews for the monitor on this site). The 7U's stretched my definition of "budget", as I've never spent this much before on audio equipment. I can honestly say that I'm very glad I did, as the improvement in sound quality was well worth the money.

The 7U's sound is very detailed, but sweet, smooth and oh so engaging. At moderate volume these speakers sing to you in a seemingly personal way. Played loud, the dynamics are excellent and I have yet to hear a harsh note. The soundstage is large, deep and especially taller than expected. Like most of the reviews point out, these speakers seem to disappear. It's uncanny, but you can't pinpoint where the sound is coming from.

The 7U's highs are light, airy and spacious. The mid-range is as smooth as I've ever heard. To my ear, the full range of a piano is one of the hardest sounds for a speaker to reproduce accurately and the 7U's get the piano exactly right. The bass is a small trade-off, as the 7U's don't go as low as some (35 Hz), but having said that, bass notes are very tight and detailed, with good punch. (Plus with only one month of use they are not fully broken in and bass extension is certain to improve.)

I listen to a lot of acoustic music (i.e. Blues and Folk, plus Jazz combo's) and since I purchased the 7U's, music has really come to life. Male and female vocals are particularly outstanding and I want to re-listen to all the music I have. To put it simply, I LOVE THESE SPEAKERS! If you're in the market for quality loudspeakers that won't break the bank, I strongly suggest you check out Tyler Acoustics (www.tyleracoustics.com). In addition to the quality of the speakers, you won't find a better guy to do business with than Ty Lashbrook. He's one of the truly good guys in the audio business.



Similar Products Used: PSB Stratus Bronze
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Brian   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 16, 2001]
Strength:

Detail, transparency, soundstage (width and depth), sweet, extended highs and tight, impactful, articulate bass. They are easy to listen for long periods, and utterly musical.

Weakness:

Not for headbangers: a bit polite

I special-ordered my 7Us with the SEAS Excel Millenium tweeter instead of the Scanspeak Revelator. I got the outboard crossovers and Analysis Plus internal wiring and jumpers. For those of you who don't know the line, the 7Us have two 6 and 1/2 inch SEAS Excel magnesium mid/woofers flanking the tweeter in a D'Appolito configuration. They are a tower design that is 46" X 10" X 9".
I have only had these speakers for one week. My early impression is that they faithfully reproduce everything your downstream equipment can extract from CDs or LPs and pass along. They are very detailed, transparent and neutral. The bass is the way I like it: fast, articulate, tuneful and solid. Poorly recorded LPs and CDs sound O.K., but well-recorded ones are a revelation.
At this point, I give them five stars, because they are even better than I expected them to be.
I will post a follow-up in about 3 months.
System:
Pass Aleph 3
Sonic Frontiers Line-2
EAR 834P
Sonic Frontiers CD-1
Oracle Delphi Mk.V/Rega 900/Goldring Excel VX
Silver Audio 4.0 and 6.0 interconnects
Analysis Plus Silver Oval to the woofers and Nordost Red Dawn to the tweeters.

Similar Products Used: Owned Proac 1SC and Dynaudio 1.3 Mk.ll. Listened to Proac 1.5 and 2.5, B&W 804, Monitor Audio Studio 20SE and Aerial 7.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mike Nolledo   an Audiophile [Jan 25, 1999]

It's not often that one encounters a great product at an even greater price but the Tyler Acoustics System Nine loudspeaker is one such animal. It is built by Ty Lashbrook at his Owensboro KY base and is lovingly constructed the old fashioned way - by hand and with great care. The System Nine is Ty's biggest and baddest offering. It is 5 feet tall by 1.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep and weighs in at 225 lbs. per side! It is constructed of 1.5 inch MDF throughout topped out by your choice of veneer. Mine was finished in cherry but everything from oak to rosewood to zebrawood is available. And every side is veneered - front and back included. The finish is impeccable and evokes comparisons with Legacy.
The driver complement is 2 10" Peerless woofers, 2 6" Audax Kevlar mids and a centrally located Scanspeak fabric dome tweeter. Response is 25hz to 20khz in room. Sensitivity is in the 90 dB range and it is rated to take 300 watts.
How does it sound? Comparable to designs costing much more. I've owned many speakers in my day from fine minimonitors to exotic designs - my last big speaker was a large ribbon hybrid type which I traded in for the System 9s - and this pair astounds. Imaging is excellent and well-focused - not as good as my totem model ones but as good as any large speaker I've heard. It is dynamic as heck provided you have the amp to drive it properly - I use adcom monoblocks. And the soundstage is expansive and precise. The bass is low, loud and tight - no boominess and Ty installs the port in front to prevent the room from muddying up the bass. I've played many a selection since getting these and I continue to marvel about how good they are.
They are great for everything from rock to jazz to classical music. Vocals are natural sounding and piano music is accurately reproduced. And as for rock, you're talking near concert levels here. No sub needed here as well as the 9s are truly full range. Movie lovers like myself and apparently Ty Lashbrook will enjoy the pair as well. If you want your movies really loud and want to wake up your neighbors, Ty also sells a 22 inch sub - yes that's not a misprint!
In summary, if you are looking for an accurate full range loudspeaker that's finished like fine furniture, look no further. If you don't want them, send them back as he wants the buyer to be completely satisfied and thus offers a money-back guarantee. If you keep them, he will warranty the pair for a full five years. If you still think the speakers cost too much, trade in your old pair and he'll give you a good deal. And as if all this is not enough, he'll pay for shipping the pair to you! You really can't lose!

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Robert Cherry   [Apr 06, 2000]
Strength:

Transparency, soundstaging (lateral), detail, sweet highs

Weakness:

macro-dynamics (simply not enough drivers to do 100 db without getting congested)

No doubt you've probably never seen a Tyler Acoustic speaker. I'm the proud owner of 7U's. Furniture quality finish w/gorgeous bird's eye maple. External cross-over in jewel like matte black boxes. Absolutely gorgeous when compared with the finest, i.e., Ariel, Totem, Vienna Acoustics, etc.

These speakers use the finest cones & domes available. The Revelator tweeter (doesn't get any better) and the SEAS 6.5" magnesium cone w/copper phase plug. Again, doesn't get any better. Cross-over parts are all Hovland, Caddock, Solen, Alpha-Goertz, etc. Doesn't get,...well, you know.

None of this would matter is these speakers didn't sound simply...musical. I tend to listen to 50's and 60's jazz, i.e., Miles, Mobley, Dorham, Coltrane, Burrell, etc. Additionally, I listen to folk and rock although I am not a head banger. I especially love Bill Evans, Phish, The Eels, Greg Brown, Kelly Joe Phelps.

If you enjoy this type of music then you would simply love these speakers. They completely disappear. In fact, it is uncanny how you can hear the music but you look at the speakers and get no hint that they are the sound source. It makes you laugh! They play reasonably loud without constraint and are unbeleivably detailed and transparent.

They are driven by SIM Audio 4070se monoblocks into a SIM Audio P-5 w/Synergistic Research Signature II bi-wires. Front end is Classe DAC-1 w/CDT-1. The sound is extraordinary in every respect.

Don't buy this model is you listen to Chorale or large scale classical. They can't do it. But, if you enjoy small, intimate and detailed, you'll likely find nothing better.

I have been an ardent audio hobbyist for over 20 years. I've had stats, tubes, tables, etc. I can say these are among the finest cones & domes I've ever had. At Ty's prices you can't, read CAN'T, go wrong. Plus, Ty is an incredibly sweet and honest person. He deserves to do well.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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