Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Jordan Valley Israel
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I spent 6 months auditioning speakers. Those tried were Paradigm sig 2, Canton Reference 9.2, B&W 805D,Focal Utopia diablo, Electra 1008BE, Joseph Audio pulsar and one or two others. I was not concerned about Price only sound quality.
In the end it came down to a simple choice Diablo or Electra. I bought the Electra's. dont get me wrong the Diablos are fantastic but my too much so. What do i mean by that is that they are very in your face speakers. I am driving the speakers with Musical Fidelity A5.5 Amp and my main music source is Project 2 Xperience TT with Graddo Reference platinum Cartridge. Secondry source is A Creek Evolution CD player. I felt that the Diablos were simply over powering and possibly need to be tamed by a Good Valve Amp.
The Electras get to 95% of the Diablos but with a touch more warmth and are much easier to listen too.
I have had them now for 2 weeks and whilst they are still breaking in they already sound fantastic. They come close to Electrostatic speakers for imaging clarity and detail.
I would not hesitate to recommend them to even the most critical person. they are also beautiful to boot my pair are in Slate grey.
One thing to be wary of is they are not forgiving speakers and will reveal bad recordings and equipment for what it is.
"I know you for what you are not- for thats really all you are"-Don Mclean