Originally Posted by Nyal Mellor
I've heard many many hi-fi, audiophile speakers during my work analyzing people's room acoustics and designing their acoustic treatment schemes: YG, Aerial, Wilson, Avalon, Zu, etc etc. Honestly the only ones that blew me away were the MBL Xtremes (250k) and the Lotus Audio Granada's (100k), neither of which are box speakers. The Steinway Lyngdorfs were pretty fab also, again 10x the 20k budget...
The Linkwitz Orion is good but not world class. The midrange is exceptional but the bass and treble fall behind other speakers out there. I should know as I have a pair in the garage sitting unused.
I've not had the pleasure of experiencing the MBL offerings, but I'd like to, I'd really like to
My take on the Orions, they seem way overpriced to me ... despite their well executed mid-band. I do enjoy reading Linkwitz' web based info, good stuff and highly recommended for anyone pursuing accurate playback ... OB, dipole, monopole, whatever the approach, it's a great resource.
Upon experiencing a couple hours of the 7' tall array of the AMT based Steinway Lyngdorf system, I was amazed. The peak energy was at a level I'd not experienced in hifi. We listened at the highest levels.
The amount of energy that accompanied the wavelaunch left me slack-jawed in disbelief. I've never
heard such high quality playback, at such incredible high levels. It was amazing. With so much radiating area from several feet tall line source of the big AMT drivers, they can deliver crushing transient power, all out of total silence .. seemingly from a zero noise floor ... all the way into the mid 120dB range or even higher. I'd never heard anything like it. I just checked their online specs, they're rated at 132dB capability, I believe it. The total silence to 130dB is a product of all proprietary, top to bottom in house signal path, nice. Levels that high, with very little non-linearity, I'd go deaf in no time.
I just wanted to share that session impression. I've certainly had more enjoyable high end listening experiences, however none as stunning
and amazing as that one. The bass range was no slouch either, with a couple dozen or so LF drivers dedicated to the task.
Back on topic; I'm thankful for this thread, as I'd not really paid that close attention to Dennis and Philharmonic's products, it would appear Dennis has got it going on, no?
So thanks for that.