CAF 2013: Legacy Audio (updated)

Bill Dudleston of Legacy Audio was showing the new Aeris ($17,750) loudspeakers on one end, and on the opposite, the Whisper XD ($21,500) and Signature SE ($6,450).

All of these speakers sport the new AMT tweeter array I got to see, first, at last year’s Capital Audiofest.

What does that do, for Bill’s speakers?

Life! Light! Speed! Air! Not that these things weren’t present in the outgoing model, but there’s a notable delicacy to the sound that is rather compelling. Bass is always a challenge, especially given the quality of the room boundaries here (diffuse, to say the least), but the DSP control of the bass was more than helpful, and the overall presentation was simply captivating. Great big sound, which makes a sort of sense as these are all great big speakers. Fantastic showing. 

The Signature SE is a sleeper, folks. Check that “little” guy out. A ton of Legacy sound, and you can save a boat load of cash.

Personally, I think the Aeris has some truly striking lines, and the various finishes I’ve seen on the line tell me it’s hard to go wrong here — just think about what’s going to fit your scheme and trust the team. That sneaky green glow coming out of the top of the cabinet is eerie. Me likey.

On the Whisper side, I found a CODA CSX Amplifier ($6,000), a CODA CP Pre-Amplifier ($3,500), and an Ayon CD 2S player ($6,350). Th Ayon was swapped for an OPPO BDP-105 ($1,199) to fill in on the Aeris side. The other bits in the rack were the crossover/DSPs.

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  1. The Signature SE was *very* impressive. Bass was tight and tuneful. Midrange and treble were free from coloration. The electronics and the speakers didn’t seem to strain to deliver large dynamic peaks even with the volume turned up in the large room. Definitely one of the best sounding setups at the show.

  2. All of the staff of Legacy Audio was super friendly and very patient.They allowed me to play a large sample of my own personal material during the show. I can not wait till I own a pair Focus SE’s. Little more saving to do. 🙂

  3. The Aeris look esthetically pleasing to the eye. Very distinctive, in an audio world full of oblong boxes. Wishing you and Doug great success with them!

  4. These are a speaker that once you have owned, you judge everything else against. How do you think I know?

  5. I saw and heard Legacy for the first time this summer. Sounded great, and looked SO much better than all the pics I’ve seen in their ads and website. Would love to hear more too…

  6. Wouldn’t mind ‘hearing’ more about this set-up if you get some more time down the track (and on the very off chance anyone has Monitor Audio Platinum PL200 set-up a comparison would be better still!!)

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