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Hales Design Group Transcendence 5
7 Reviews
rating  4.57 of 5
MSRP  5990.00
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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave McCloskey a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I too was on a speaker quest that sent my ears on a delightful path to find the "perfect sound" for my wallet. I listened to a wide variety of speakers in varying price ranges ($2,500 - $15K). I was perfectly willing to spend $10K if I was notably impressed, fortunately I didn't have to spend that much because I found a pair of Hales Design Group T-5's that out performed speakers costing nearly three times as much. The T-5's have a tremendous soundstage with a coherence and clarity of midrange that set them apart from the competition. The bass is rich, but not over powering. When I tested a variety of speakers it seemed each manufacturer had a clear strength and a very definable weakness. When I came across the Hales they instantly gave me the impression of defining the complete package. The journey had ended with the T-5's because they developed the exact sound I was looking for.

I recently added a high-end CD player to my equipment list and the audiophile installer who set-up the new equipment was blown away by the imaging and sound of these speakers. When I played "Desert Rose" by Sting for this guy the goose bumps on his arms stood up like a Sherpa trekking up Mount Everest. His shop sells top of the line Revels and he said these Hales were every bit as good. Given the fact I'm under driving them with only 125 watts of power that is solid praise indeed. The T-5's are begging for a robust 2-channel amp to really deliver the sound they were designed to create.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $3100.00

Purchased At:   Out of business



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Bennett a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I just purchased by T-5's this past weekend, and drove
1300 miles round trip to pick them up! I heard a pair
of T-3's first, and then found out that Hales is out of
business....so I figured somebody had a left over pair
that they really, really wanted to sell. I located
Genesis Audio outside of Columbus, Ohio, and they had
a pair of T-5's in cherry at a great price. I rented a
van, made the trip this past weekend, and now own the best
sounding speakers in Wisconsin! These speakers throw up
a huge soundstage, have tremendous bass, a great midrange,
and are beautiful! These Hales make all music sound great,
from Martina McBride to Metallica...they rock! My advice to
you is this: If you're in the market for a pair of full-range, floorstanding speakers, start looking for a left-over
pair of either Hales Trancendence 3's or 5's. You will not
be disappointed. I am currently using an inexpensive NAD
amp and pre-amp to power my T-5's, and they sound great...
I can imagine what some serious electronics will do for the
sound!I have listened to NHT's, B&W's, Klipsch and many
other brands of speakers, but these are the best sound I
have ever experienced in my home!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Genesis Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony Pezzutto a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2000

Bottom Line:   
A wonderful speaker. It is like having the artist in your room. I have had many guests in my room in the last 6 months: Glenn Gould was playing there, as was Cassandra Wilson, Marianne Faithfull, the King's Singers or the whole of the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra. Listening to human voice is maybe the most incredible experience, the singer is just 12 ft. away. Chamber music lovers MUST hear these loudspeakers before buying anything else.
They require good (and powerful) electronics though, and must be positioned carefully.
A dream came true.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 15, 1999

Bottom Line:   
All thge speakers I listened to are good. The Wilsons get the nod as best but should be half the price in my opinion T
he Hales T-5's are better in some areas and 1/3 the price.
Other equipment.
Krell FPB200c
Krell HTS
SONY 7700 DVD/CD player
Rotel RB993
Hales revelation center
Signet surrounds
Jvc VCR
Echo Star sattellite
cardas neutral referece cables
transparent cables

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric H. a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 20, 1999

Bottom Line:   
You cannot find a better speakers under $10k in my opinion. They look real sexy, too, especially with the grille covers off. They require quality amplification, especially an amp that can handle low impendence loads.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999




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