I auditioned these speakers because I heard them (along with the EVO 4.4) on Utube and was curious how they would sound in my home using my modest set-up. The set-up: I drive them with Denon AVR x-1300, no other equipment required. Room is 16 x 24-open in the back. I have them attached with 9 feet of monoprice monolith 12 AWG speaker wire and banana plugs. They are placed on yoga blocks on 20 inch (light) stands tid 25 degree off axis toward a wide listening perch (6 foot wide sofa). The test: To audition them (Spotify premium) I used "STAY ALIVE" by J2/Eivor, chosen due to the strong female vocals and dynamic mix of < 35-45 hz lows. The experience: The vocals were expressed with an airy quality that I have only heard from higher end electrostatic speakers. The sound stage was wide comparable to the UniQ from KEF (if not a little better). But where the sound stage impressed me was the depth (vertical dimension and forward instrumentation). I agree with another reviewer who said the speakers were almost "holographic". Listening to these is like going from two dimensional movies to 3D for the first time. There is another dimension to them. I suppose I could get crazy and drive them with a Macintosh amp and condition my power and set them on heavier, more expensive stands and EQ with a SPL meter and software. That might be a fun project for the future. However, many (most?) listeners just want to know how a speaker sounds out of the box with a minimal amount of effort.
Pros: Spatial stage, 'thick' vertical and horizontal, and holographic imaging. Wide airy sound. Have strong punchiness in mid-base area and go lower than smaller bookshelf speakers
Cons: After dropping $1K on a set of speakers, wondering if you should instead get the floor standers for $2k. Would likely be more popular if they were discounted from time to time. The matching center speaker is almost as expensive as both of these.
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Really enjoying these speakers. I took out of rotation my KEF LS50 (nice sounding) and don't see bringing them back anytime soon. They are fuller being 3-way and the midrange and treble is really nice with the AMT tweeter, didn't know if I would like that type of tweeter. Little larger for bookshelf but look great, using the Sanus SF22 speaker stands Crutchfield recommended. Using them with Schiit Freya S preamp, PS Audio Stellar S300 power amp, along with a SVS SB-3000 subwoofer, connected with AudioQuest Mackenzie cables. I stream Hi-Res with Bluesound Node 2i from Qobuz and Tidal, with U-Turn Orbit turntable and CD player, all sound awesome!
Pros: 3-Way, Dual binding posts, AMT tweeter
Cons: None, well slightly heavy, need substantial stand.
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FANTASTIC SPEAKERS! Absolutely amazing! Great highs, mids and LOW lows! The AMT tweeter is no joke and music sounds airy and more open and spacious. Not bright sounding at all. Nice soundstage. Great mids and the bass goes really low - no need for a subwoofer for me! Very neutral and balanced across the sound range, no artificial enhancement that I can tell. I use these for 95% music and have no need for a subwoofer. I've used these for movies too just for kicks (I have a Denon 5.1 for surround sound), and these work great. I'm driving them with a Yamaha AS-801 and it's a great combination. Music just plains sound great, is balanced and detailed. I worked my way up speaker-wise with bookshelves, starting with Wharfedale Diamond 225's, Elac Debut 6.2, then went to Elac UB5, all very good speakers, but these are better. Of course, these cost more, so you should expect more, and you get it! If you can't afford these, go with the Elac UB5's. They're 85% to 90% of these speakers, just make sure you've got a good amp because they're 4 ohm speakers (my Yamaha AS 801 drove them just fine). I also tried the KEF 350's (didn't like) and Def Tech D 11 but they were just too buttery-smooth for me ( a "warm hug" as one audio reviewer put it). To me, these speakers hit the sweet spot and paying up for these was well worth the money. I've stopped searching for speakers and believe these will comfortably take care of me for years to come. Enjoy!
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Absolutely fantastic! Wonderful highs, very clean midrange, and good bass. With proper placement and some break-in time, these are very revealing speakers. I did choose to add a subwoofer with them to fill out the low end but that might be a placement issue given my limited space. I will add that while these are called "Bookshelf" speakers, they are 18" tall and 13 1/2" deep. They really need space to sound their best. Wharfedale suggests keeping them pretty close to a rear wall to help with bass too. If you're looking for high end sound at a great price point, I highly recommend these speakers! Give them some good power and enjoy!
Pros: Great highs and mids. Tight bass. Rock solid build quality. AMT tweeters are very, very good.
Cons: A good subwoofer might be needed if you like deep, low bass. Not really a con but you might need to try a few different placements
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