In Dead Can Dance classic “The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove”, the sitar was as realistic as it gets, while the ambience created by the Ultimates was phenomenal. Then the California Guitar Trio performed “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the system revealed a transparency close to being unreal (actually the Pacific microsonics did that but we felt the guitars being in the room). Alan Taylor’s voice on “Scotty” was deep and natural with background piano notes being uncolored and faithful to their true tonality.
So, is this the ultimate loudspeaker? If I wanted to be picky I would point out that the system also included two double 15” Q-Subs, so the abyssal bass we heard from those Taiko drums actually came from a total of 6 active woofers, and not just the two of the Ultimates. Mr. Wolf said they could have done it without but they brought ‘em “just in case”. What bothered me the most was not that much the need of extra subs but the slight drifting of the soundstage I heard in female voices. During playback, I could almost see the soundstage climb slightly and the come back again to the original position as if the singer stood up from the chair during the recording, only to sit back again after a few seconds when her voice returned to the previous frequency.
I did my best at being picky for all of you, so we don’t just drool after something we simply cannot afford.
Yeah. Not working.