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So, I have most of the equipment for my new sound setup together. I've got an Emotiva UMC-1 and an Emotiva XPA-2... all I need now are the speakers. I was planning to go with the Martin Logan EM-ESLs, but I noticed I can get the Vistas for about the same price. The Vistas are a few years older, but they retailed for like... twice as much... and that has me wondering which model would ultimately be the better choice. That, and they have an aluminum woofer, and the electrostatic panel has more radiating area. But who knows? Maybe the EM-ESLs use a better panel or something.

So, which should I go with?
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Absolutely go with the Vistas, better speakers, they are comparable to the Theos.

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I mean, what about them is better?

I'm also kind of concerned about some of the reliability issues I've been hearing about...
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I believe a lower impedence speaker actually makes the amps work harder. Thats why cheap receivers have more trouble with 4 ohm loads.
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That was kinda my understanding, too. Though I suppose I'm not particularly worried about the XPA-2 being overworked.
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That was kinda my understanding, too. Though I suppose I'm not particularly worried about the XPA-2 being overworked.

Did you end up getting the vistas? I am strongly considering getting a pair. My biggest concern is that they were reviewed as being "thin" in the lower midrange/upper bass, a frequency range that cannot be augmented by a subwoofer since they are typically effective only up to about 120-150 hz. Wondering if I should opt for the magnepan 1.7, which will cost about 300 more based on close-out price.thanks
P.s. are you using a sub? If so, which one? What do you listen to primarily?
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