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Rogers Studio 1a
Old 23rd May 2019
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Rogers Studio 1a

Anyone recomend these in this day and age ?
Old 24th May 2019
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Anyone ever used these ?
Old 24th May 2019
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The Studio 1a is, I think, pretty rare here in America so I haven’t had opportunity to hear them. Based on my earlier experience with various Rogers speakers, I suspect (assuming they are healthy) they’re quite nice, refined sounding monitors with an emphasis on good midrange resolution, as that has always been a strength of “British” speaker design and Rogers has always seemed to represent a pretty high quality product.

As to the radio silence on these, I’d guess it’s because they’ simply not too common. Have you heard them yourself?
Old 26th May 2019
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Originally Posted by burp182 View Post
As to the radio silence on these, I’d guess it’s because they’ simply not too common. Have you heard them yourself?
There's a pair in the charity shop round the corner for 100 quid - which is of course an absolute bargain .
Old 27th May 2019
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I think they have too limited dynamic range for studio work. Rogers grew out of the whole BBC monitor license program which had many participants over the years and spawned Harbeth, Spendor and a few others. Many of these companies had founders that worked within the BBC, had significant connection to the project, departed after project was finalized to begin a commercial operation of their own fulfilling the BBC's needs on the annual license and contract. A guaranteed customer and more income than the a government engineer job! Many today don't know that the "BBC monitor" used a KEF driver kit as KEF did the significant engineering for the BBC on the project.

I think Rogers was a fairly linear midrange speaker that was pretty respectable from a British Hi Fi point of view. At home, where dynamics are limited, I think there was a time in the 80s/90s that if you had limited space and listened mostly to classical, this was a good option. I think today there are better options, with improved driver science (I know the ATC SCM7 is from this same British mini monitor heritage and has killer drivers in it). But I would not recommend those for studio work either as one could easily over power them and destroy them with studio dynamics. At home, amazing.

Brad
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