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    New Avantgarde G3 series: Uno and Duo

    Following the launch of the Trio G3, Avantgarde has now introduced the corresponding G3 versions of the Uno and Duo.

    Based on the marketing brochure, the range has been slimmed down:

    - Uno SD
    - Duo SD
    - Duo GT

    Looks like the Duo Mezzo XD has been replaced by the Duo GT (unless AG is still working on a version with the short basshorn).

    Similar to the Trio G3, active iTron versions will also be available.

    The wireless connectivity module with built-in DAC appears to be based on the AKM chips (there is a reference to the Velvet Sound tagline).


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    Re: New Avantgarde G3 series: Uno and Duo

    So it appears that the new Duos have adopted the Uno style in that the mid and top drive units are both installed within the main enclosure. This reduces the brand's distinctive and somewhat quirky looks, but it probably does allow sound quality improvements, even without the new amplification technology.

    The existing Duo XD has an unfortunate constructional feature in that the horns are a little higher than ideal. Setup guidelines say that the top surface of the main enclosure should just be visible from the seating position and tilting forwards may be needed to achieve this. Unfortunately, over the years since the tweeter was incorporated into the main enclosure with the mid-horn above (ie the Grosso) , the main enclosure has been lifted by the introduction of the new fancy spikes, and the new base frame and the fact that the enclosure now hovers above this frame. All these things have resulted in the increased height of the sound sources - 2-3" higher than the Grosso from which the current Duo has evolved.

    I have saved some height with my own mods to the Duo XD by ditching the "scaffolding" and I'm pleased to see that AG has at last removed these upright supports from their new Duos. I look forward to listening to the new Duos, though I suspect there will be a big hike in price. Peter
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    Re: New Avantgarde G3 series: Uno and Duo

    Quote Originally Posted by Hear Here View Post
    So it appears that the new Duos have adopted the Uno style in that the mid and top drive units are both installed within the main enclosure. This reduces the brand's distinctive and somewhat quirky looks, but it probably does allow sound quality improvements, even without the new amplification technology.

    The existing Duo XD has an unfortunate constructional feature in that the horns are a little higher than ideal. Setup guidelines say that the top surface of the main enclosure should just be visible from the seating position and tilting forwards may be needed to achieve this. Unfortunately, over the years since the tweeter was incorporated into the main enclosure with the mid-horn above, the main enclosure has been lifted by the introduction of the new base frame and the new fancy spikes and the fact that the enclosure hovers above this frame. All these things have resulted in the increased height of the sound sources - 2-3" higher than the earliest Duo with enclosed tweeter.

    I have saved some height with my own mods to the Duo XD by ditching the "scaffolding" and I'm pleased to see that AG has at last removed these upright supports from their new Duos. I look forward to listening to the new Duos, though I suspect there will be a big hike in price. Peter
    Nice job. The new tweeter is longer and “sunk into” the cabinet to run flush with the new cabinet. We are definitely getting a pair. I want the active version sans streamer.


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