There's not much to say that the magazine reviews haven't already said...these 4-way towers are simply outstanding speakers for the money, especially now that they're $1500/pair. I've had mine since 2007. They replaced a pair of AR P315HO which I've so enjoyed for many years.
The build quality is fantastic. They are very well-braced an free of resonance. Fit and finish is 1st rate. I have the special dark finish (chocolate color) which is no longer made. It looks like $5000 speakers...very high end looking. Gorgeous, almost furniture-like with amazing sheen. The only cheap part is the plastic feet/stabilizer which are not that solid and squeak a bit. Other than that, you're not going to fine much better built speakers under $5K.
The sound is nothing short of amazing for the price, and I've owned lots of speakers over the years. I'm a musician and sound engineer, so it takes a lot to impress me with all the pro gears I use. These speakers possess massive soundstage and ambience retrieval, owing to its superior ability to put out very low level details and the narrow baffle. You just hear everything. I can hear low level details that I've never heard before on the same CD. The highs are extremely transparent but not fatiguing or harsh at all. Just right and very delicate. The mids are alive -- these speakers excel in vocal reproduction, male and female. The singer is right there because the imaging is so precise and the dispersion very wide for a tower speaker. There's really no sweetspot to worry about. The bass is not going to rock the girders of your house or rattle windows, but it's very tight and goes deep enough for me. In terms of musicality, this speaker does everythiing right. It's very dynamic, very rhythmic with the snap and transient of high efficiency speakers (although it's not that high efficient).
I am driving these speakers with an old Accuphase A50 pure class A amp, and the two were made for each other. Superb transient, dead silent, in-your-living-room vocals, mouth watering highs, and really, really tight bass, the kind that you can hear the string resonance. These have got to be some of the most accurate speakers in term of frequency response. They sound better than my Yamaha MSP10 and Mackie HR824 powered studio monitors!
You cannot go wrong with these speakers for just about any music. I think they show their best on classical, jazz, pop, and especially audiophile recordings (vocals, vocals, vocals!). Rock music on these is so-so, not bad, but there are probably more suitable rock music speakers like JBL and Klipsch.
I highly recommend these. Let them break-in for 100 hours or so (they do take a while to break-in), drive them with a good amp that has lots of current, and be prepared to be shocked. There's no need to spend ridicuous sum of money on KEF, B&W, etc. About the only speakers I would consider over the Classic 4's would be the Gallo Reference 3's.
Anyone here buying the 2012 vinyl releases of the Fab Four's core catalog...or perhaps the whole darn box? I bought Rubber Soul, largely to fill that gap in my collection. It's a good-sounding record. I don't imagine I'll buy any of the others, though. One pressing of each is enough for me. Anyo ... Read More »
I have tickets to take my daughters to see Jason Mraz next month, so I've started to spin his tunes.
I have to say, his new album Love Is A Four Letter Word is extremely upbeat, positive, and really good! Yes, I know, it's not prog.
He will be this generation's James Taylor. He knows how to s ... Read More »
HSN is selling an LED LG model, full array, not edge lit, 55",
for the paltry price of 1499.99.
BUT the big news is...[I]its 480 FPS[/I]!!!
They have probably have about 1500 about now.
NEVER heard of a 480FPS, but strange thing, there are
no [I]humans[/I] on the video running on the display se ... Read More »
Oh man, this movie is eye candy in term of pictrure quality. Everything is vivid and have sort of glow, and sound is not too shabby either. I have forgotten how good this movie is with wondefull performances by Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando and Ned Beatty.
And ofcourse Christopher Reeve as it seem ... Read More »
Holy sh[COLOR="Black"]i[/COLOR]t, this is great! It's the new project from Keith Morris, notorious dreadlocked frontman of the Circle Jerks and early Black Flag (thus the name, get it?) and geriatric standardbearer of fast, loud, accessible hardcore, and it's surprisingly not only not embarrassing. ... Read More »