Full range, part 3







A couple of weeks ago, I sent out some feelers into the audio world about what a full-range loudspeaker would look like — if the budget was $20k. Yes, this is a shocking amount for a loudspeaker, but as I’ve discussed in the past, there’s something odd that happens in loudspeaker design when you start reproducing the 20-30Hz frequency range, that is, the price seems to rise almost exponentially.

Anyway, here’s today’s challenge. What if we float the price to $32k? What get’s dragged into the mix at that price point? Again, the rules are simple:

  • Real, deep, bass. Flat to 25Hz is fine.
  • Cost is below $32k. New is preferred, but not required.
  • Must play well with solid-state, specifically, Plinius amps (I have an SA-Reference — sorry, not interested in switching back to tubes).
  • Looking for the “last speaker I’ll ever want to own”.

Yep, odd and totally arbitrary, but it’s my game. You want to change the rules, start your own game. 😉

Some contenders:

  • Joseph Audio Pearl 2
  • Wilson Audio Sascha
  • Avalon Eidolon Diamond
  • Sonus Faber Amati Anniversario

For random and various reasons, I’ve ruled out anything by YG, Eggleston Works, Von Schweikert Audio, Nola, B&W, VMPS, Tyler Acoustics, Vandersteen, KEF and Legacy Audio.

Game on!










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Scot started all this back in 2009. He is currently the Publisher here at PTA, the Publisher at The Occasional Magazine, and the Executive Producer at The Occasional Podcast. There are way too many words about him over on the Contributors page.