The rest of the system was made up of a $500 Yamaha HT receiver, an Oppo transport, and some exotic zipcord and generic cables. The total system price here was well south of $4,000 — or “quite a bit less than some power cables.”
So how did it sound?
It actually sounded pretty good. Really good. Surprisingly good.
It’s hard to tell how good, exactly. My ability to judge the system was definitely a bit hamstrung by the Yamaha house sound, and the lingering crowd of hotel furniture didn’t leave a lot a space for optimal setup. There was a mysterious smearing on transients, and the too-close speaker setup offered up a Phil Spector like wall of sound on everything. Frequency extension seemed undeniably excellent, however, and the lack of box coloration was obvious. The bass alone was utterly superb for this price point. The system as a whole was more than good enough to enjoy listening to Carlos Santana, but I couldn’t shake the sense that the speakers deserved much better setup and much better ancillary gear.
I’d love to hear these speakers in different circumstances.