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    I saw a couple references here. I went to the website and it looks they provide upgrade parts for speakers. Are there great improvements using their upgrades? Is it easy to upgrade?
    Stereo:
    Jolida 1501 Hybrid Amp
    Foobar
    Onix Rocket RS750s

    Theater 1:

    65" Mitsubishi RPTV
    Zenith DVB318 DVD
    HK 525 AVR
    Def Tech BP2006 fronts
    Def Tech BP2X bipole surrounds
    Def Tech C/L/R 2300 center

    Theater 2: (a work in progress)
    Panasonic 1080i DLP
    Zenith DVB318 DVD
    Onix Rocket RS450 fronts
    Receiver: ?
    Center: ?
    Sub: ?
    Surrounds: ?

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    The Ninja used to work for av123. While there he started selling his upgraded crossover networks.

    He has since stopped working for av123, and developed his own website highlighting his upgrades.

    I've never heard any of his products, but most if not all of the folks who have upgraded have reported positive results. High quality x-over parts can get quite expensive, and is one area that OEM's usually skimp on.
    Never Argue With An idiot. They'll Lower You To Their Level And Then Beat You With Experience!

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    • #3
      I have Ninja Master upgrades in my 750s and my Bigfoot. The 750 crossover was really a new design, so it does not easily compare to the other Ninja offerings, which keep the original design and just upgrade the quality of the components. However, the Bigfoot upgrade does follow the format of keeping the design and improving the components, and that improvement was dramatic.
      Randy
      Wilson Sophia 2/BAT VK-600SE/BAT VK-52SE/BAT VK-5DSE/Fathom 113 x2/Emotiva DMC-1 and MPS-1/Oppo BDP-83 SE/Exact Power/SMS-1 bass equalizer

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      • #4
        Thanks! For me, I don't know how they could improve but I'm sure if I listened to the difference I'd change my tune. :biglaugh:
        Stereo:
        Jolida 1501 Hybrid Amp
        Foobar
        Onix Rocket RS750s

        Theater 1:

        65" Mitsubishi RPTV
        Zenith DVB318 DVD
        HK 525 AVR
        Def Tech BP2006 fronts
        Def Tech BP2X bipole surrounds
        Def Tech C/L/R 2300 center

        Theater 2: (a work in progress)
        Panasonic 1080i DLP
        Zenith DVB318 DVD
        Onix Rocket RS450 fronts
        Receiver: ?
        Center: ?
        Sub: ?
        Surrounds: ?

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        • #5
          chessman, I have the 750 classics as of right now and I've been eyeing the Ninja upgrades but I'm wary because of the price. What do you think of them?

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          • #6
            I recently ninjafied my 550 Classics and if the improvement that I heard is any indication, I'd say to not think twice, just do it. To my ears it made my 550's a lot more musical. Soundstage is wider and more detailed. Even though it doubled the cost of my speakers (bought used,) I'd say it was worth the money. I always thought my Rockets were a little laid back (some would say muddied or smeared) in their sound. Not any more , but still not harsh or bright. The Rockets were great for HT, and I liked them for music as well, but now I'm listening to a lot more music and lovin' it. I think the difference may be more noticeable going from classics to Ninja's than going from Sig's which already have DR designed x-overs.

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            • #7
              www.skiingninja.com

              Originally posted by Jason
              The Ninja used to work for av123. While there he started selling his upgraded crossover networks.

              He has since stopped working for av123, and developed his own website highlighting his upgrades.

              I've never heard any of his products, but most if not all of the folks who have upgraded have reported positive results. High quality x-over parts can get quite expensive, and is one area that OEM's usually skimp on.
              http://www.skiingninja.com/

              He also sells pint glasses...



              :cheers:

              Mike
              HT Gear (AVS Link)
              Rk: MA WR-37-32
              Pwr: 20A, Surge-X SEQ, M1500-UPS
              Proj: JVC RS20, 128" 2.4:1 CaradaBW, ISCOIIIL, CineSlide, RadianceXE
              Cbl: DirectTV C31/700 Genie receiver
              Rec: 5308CI + XPA-3
              BR: Oppo BDP-103
              Gm: 360 Pro
              LR/C: RS1KSig/RSC200Sig
              S/R: RSS300/RS250MkII
              Sub: SVS PB12-Ultra/2
              Off: HRT MS DAC, USP-1, UPA-2, ERC-1, Ultra10, WAF-1 Ninja+No-Rez
              Off2: Gizmo, WAF-1
              TCA: 3x Gizmo 1.0or,5x v1.0M; 5xWAF-1

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              • #8
                www.skiingninja.com

                More plugging...
                (I've never Ninja-fied anything, but sounds fun...)

                Poster



                Mike
                HT Gear (AVS Link)
                Rk: MA WR-37-32
                Pwr: 20A, Surge-X SEQ, M1500-UPS
                Proj: JVC RS20, 128" 2.4:1 CaradaBW, ISCOIIIL, CineSlide, RadianceXE
                Cbl: DirectTV C31/700 Genie receiver
                Rec: 5308CI + XPA-3
                BR: Oppo BDP-103
                Gm: 360 Pro
                LR/C: RS1KSig/RSC200Sig
                S/R: RSS300/RS250MkII
                Sub: SVS PB12-Ultra/2
                Off: HRT MS DAC, USP-1, UPA-2, ERC-1, Ultra10, WAF-1 Ninja+No-Rez
                Off2: Gizmo, WAF-1
                TCA: 3x Gizmo 1.0or,5x v1.0M; 5xWAF-1

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                • #9
                  I dia a x-sls classic ninja elite DIY upgrade a few months ago, I thought then and still do that it was worth it.

                  If you already know or are willing to learn how to solder, have a decent soldering iron, and can be a little bit creative if needed to remount the new crossover board a DIY upgrade makes for a fun and interesting rainy-afternoon project. If the thought of swapping out caps and resistors on a board makes your chest tighten you can get a kit with pre-upgraded crossover boards instead.

                  I thought that Sean was great to deal with as well.

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                  • #10
                    Went from a Bigfoot Classic to a Ninja Master - :burgerking:

                    Dialog and loads of fine details in the movies really came to the forefront and opened up.



                    Oh and buy the poster! :thumbsup:

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                    • #11
                      Heh - I wish I could show you guys what that poster looks like in real life. The metallic paper is really very cool and adds a whole new dimension to the look of it.

                      Originally posted by Mike_TX
                      More plugging...
                      (I've never Ninja-fied anything, but sounds fun...)

                      Poster



                      Mike
                      Head Gouda, Skiing Ninja Systems
                      Co-Owner DaisySprite Productions

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GOOCHY
                        chessman, I have the 750 classics as of right now and I've been eyeing the Ninja upgrades but I'm wary because of the price. What do you think of them?
                        The Ninja 750s are really a completely different speaker from the 750 Classics or the 750 Sigs. This is because the "Ninja-fied" crossover in this one particular model was designed from he ground up by Danny Richie. I think the Ninja version is a considerable upgrade in sound quality.

                        Whether the price is worth it is a more personal call. It is a technically difficult install (I paid someone else to do it) and the market for Ninja 750s is weak because they are essentially one-offs. On the other hand, I really like the 750 footprint and I have another pair of 750 Sigs that I use for rear surrounds. So for me it made sense.

                        Goochy, where do you live? It would be an easier decision for you if you could hear them in the flesh.
                        Randy
                        Wilson Sophia 2/BAT VK-600SE/BAT VK-52SE/BAT VK-5DSE/Fathom 113 x2/Emotiva DMC-1 and MPS-1/Oppo BDP-83 SE/Exact Power/SMS-1 bass equalizer

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                        • #13
                          Anyone Ninja'ed their ELT525M/Gizmo combo?

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                          • #14
                            We've shipped a bunch of ELT525 upgrades but don't know if any of them are running with a Giz.

                            Originally posted by Mep
                            Anyone Ninja'ed their ELT525M/Gizmo combo?
                            Head Gouda, Skiing Ninja Systems
                            Co-Owner DaisySprite Productions

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by chessman
                              The Ninja 750s are really a completely different speaker from the 750 Classics or the 750 Sigs. This is because the "Ninja-fied" crossover in this one particular model was designed from he ground up by Danny Richie. I think the Ninja version is a considerable upgrade in sound quality.

                              Whether the price is worth it is a more personal call. It is a technically difficult install (I paid someone else to do it) and the market for Ninja 750s is weak because they are essentially one-offs. On the other hand, I really like the 750 footprint and I have another pair of 750 Sigs that I use for rear surrounds. So for me it made sense.

                              Goochy, where do you live? It would be an easier decision for you if you could hear them in the flesh.
                              Thanks for the info. I'm over in Iowa. I'm considering an upgrade to Ninja's but it'll need to wait until I can get a projector fired up in my room. Just a couple more months...

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