New here. Before I go on abot my new acquisition, I would be happy to hear from anyone who owns the original Ergos and exchange info about setup, positioning, amplification, cables, whatever.
Bought a nice pair of Ergo Passiv speakers from '86. My first pair of quality speakers was a pair of Quinto 540s which I got in 1981. I enjoyed them for a long time, then hopped onto the audiophile merry-go-round in about '95. I won't bore you with the whole litany of things I went through (Martin-Logan Quest, JM Lab Micro Utopias, Audio Note Kit AN-E, etc.), but suffice it to say that they all did something better than the Cantons, but, always left me unsatisfied in some way or another. Then, a couple of years ago, I picked up a pair of Karat 200s in a thrift store for cheap. I listened to them and discovered that there was indeed something about the Canton sound that I still liked. The Karats do not have the horsepower, but it put the thought into my head to find the Ergo Passiv, which is what I really wanted in '81, but couldn't afford ($2,600, as opposed to $1,000 for the Quinto).
The Ergo P does not show up too often, and I really didn't want to deal with the hassle of having them shipped. This pair was close enough for me to drive to pick them up (and check them out before I bought). I didn't steal them, but I got a fair price, considering that these are in NM condition and have the optional pedestals.
I listen to orchestral music more than anything else, and these are great speakers for symphony orchestra. They are replacing Vienna Acoustic Beethovens (the early version). I like the VAs, but their weakness is in the mid-bass, which really compromises their ability to reproduce the weight and impact of an orchestra. Of course, no speaker can-if that's what you want to hear, buy a ticket! The Cantons, however come much closer. No, they are not quite as detailed, open and spacious sounding as the VAs, but to me, they present a much more convincing overall representaion of an orchestra.
At any rate, I am happy as can be to be back in the fold (and have some money left over!).