Originally Posted by LowTech1
I just never see anyone talk about them. Its either the 600 series or Diamonds. When I was searching for speakers,they had the CM9's,I didn't really care for them,ended up with Martin Logan Esl's. I heard the CM10 S2's,the mid bass punch that had was awesome! Just not sure I like the sparkle they have in the tweeter,that's what turned me off from the CM9. Listened to the Sonus Faber Venere 2.5's also,they are nice also,didn't have the midbass punch the 10's had,but the treble was smoother.
The CM9 and ESL were the two speakers I was between as well. Ultimately, the CM9 won out due to it being a little bit more friendly for my environment. It's a little easier to place, I wont have to worry sunlight from the windows they are right in front of or from the skylight overhead degrading panels, and there isn't a box on the back of the CM9 like the ESL to tempt my young daughter to climb on.
I thought the ESL sounded incredible with everything over 500hz or so, but a bit thin (though musical) in the bass regions, where the CM9 and CM10 really shine.
Its important to put into perspective that at the $2500-$3500 per pair price point, there are no bad options.
Enjoy your ESL's, they sound terrific!