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“These were very good speakers out-of-the-box. I've...”

Written on: 07/01/2001 by Ron. (1 review written)

Good Points
Very Smooth, musical and excellent tonal balance. Virtually disappears once burned-in. Solid cabinet. Elegant design.

Bad Points
Tricky positioning; needs medium-to-large area, but when this is available, it will sing. Other than that, none at this or twice the price.

General Comments
These were very good speakers out-of-the-box. I've owned many speakers at twice the retail price(US$1695.00). That's max for me.

My first impression before connecting to my system, was excellent build quality. Fit & Finish was of top calibre. Typical of euro speaker brands familiar to me. I'm not much of technical fanatic except for the relevant stuff (ie., sensitivity, impedance, freq range). None of that Oscilloscope stuff(?). I am a true believer of the desicions I make based on my ears, with my own music, in my own room.

Enough patter. The musical selection between my wife and I is boad and quite defining. I started off with Patricia Barber's 'COMPANION' album. This is a live session recording done in some jazz club, obviously for the reason to record this album. Diana Krall would be in tears, I'll bet. My wife had her eyes closed listening through. At the applause portion she openned her eyes as if to look over her shoulder,... yup, there was nobody there. We then installed a CD I used for referencing guitar sequneces, "Barely Breathing" by Duncan Sheik. Like hearing it for the first time, I could close my eyes and swear he was there.

Without boring you with further details, I will say this: BUY IT, if you can still find it. It will bring to your home(and ears) many years of wide-eyed awe, jaw dropping enjoyment.

Associated Equipment:

Audio Prism Debut Tube Amp (35WPC; P/P type)

Counterpoint SA-7 tube Preamp

Sony CPD735 w/ Musical Fidelity DAC

Nordost Flatline Interconnects

MIT Terminator 2 Speaker Cable (bi-wired)

None of which purchased at retail -- Ha!

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