Sjöfn Hifi has a nifty little speaker they call (the clue). And no, the parenthetical brackets are not optional.
They’re not big. They’re not imposing. They’re not expensive — at least by comparison.
What they are, though, is different.
Not like Nuprin (little, yellow, different!), but more like, “whoa — holy cow!” or “aren’t the big speakers playing now?”
Got my loaner/demo pair in the past week, got ’em set up, got ’em playing. After about an hour, they warmed up and I had them rockin’ the room. And I mean it. Looking at these pics, you’re not going to get the full scope. You’re just not. It’s impossible. Don’t try!
What’s different about these? Well, among other things, they’re front ported. Which means that they can be played closer to the wall. An in this case, a lot closer. Like, right up on that sumbitch. It’s right there! Bam.
Without speakers or stands sitting 5′ out from my front wall … my room just got so much bigger.
I have some 6″ Monster Bass Traps from GIK Acoustics up on the front wall. I set (the clue) speakers the whopping, and recommended, 3″ off of those panels. The Luxman L-505u amp is pumping the power. The cables are from WyWires, but I’ll be swapping in my Black Cat Morpheus cables when I get a chance.
And the sound? Wow! I can’t believe that these little suckers are $1,000 a pair. This sort of sound is not what you normally get for $1,000/pair. Um, no. Not so much, really.
Like the Audio Note AN speakers, the little Sjöfn guys use the walls and the room to bolster, support, and reinforce the sound field. Cheating? For sure! But, jeez — I mean, look at the size of those guys. They’re tiny! But my oh my, they sound anything but.
Look — don’t freak out. They’re not perfect. My loaner Tekton Lore S, at $1,400, are more detailed and have punchier, deeper bass and are something like 9dB more sensitive. But they’re also way bigger, and take up all that space in the middle of the room.
With the (the clue), the sound is very open and clean. And really deep! In my well-damped room, they are hysterically good. I’m having a ball with them, imagining all the placement issues that these speakers can handle. Cabinets. Actual bookshelves! On walls. In small rooms. Dorm rooms!
I remember being very surprised at RMAF this past year. Well, that wasn’t a fluke. Ha! I love it when the little guys do good! More on this speaker soon.