Originally Posted by aehaas
'Considering the new Alexandria X-2 series 2. Are there any personal experiences of recent?
I've auditioned these twice and I loved them both times, for a while they were my favorite speaker. Absolutely amazing soundstage, for once, I understood what 3D imaging was all about. The first track I ever heard on them was from the dealer's CD and it was a jazz band. I remember being able to precisely position each instrument, and the timbre was so accurate to me. Then the trombone soloist came on and it was literally as if he jumped through the soundstage and played right in my face, in front of the rest of the band. Absolutely incredible.
Funny thing, the second time I auditioned them, I also auditioned the MBL 101 Es, which the same dealer had in another room. I heard the MBLs before I heard the X-2s again. I'm sorry to say that now the 101 E is my favorite speaker. Completely different sound, the MBLs use omnidirectional drivers, and the sound is beyond description. I felt as if the MBLs threw up a truly holographic soundstage. There was no just one sweet spot. Music is radiating 360 degrees from the speakers and I could walk around the room and the imaging would still be tight. Beyond that, the tone of the sounds was incredible. Felt absolutely REAL as if the musicians and the instruments were in the room. I listened to Beck's "Sea Change", Miles Davis, and Pink Floyd and every CD sounded better on the MBLs.
To give you an example of the soundstaging, the dealer put on this old 60's live recording of a vocal group doing a show. The first singer came out stage right, followed by another vocalist just left of center, and then one-by-one the singers sang together. You can image that they were all standing in a line and I could precisely position each voice in the choral line. There were about ten singers total. With the X-2s, with this disc, when the first singer began, I could not position him at all. All I could hear was exactly where the right speaker stood. When the other singers came on, the imaging got better, but still nowhere near as precise and obvious as with the MBLs.
What struck me as different the second time hearing the X-2s was that hearing them the second time after the MBLs, was how forward the speaker is. There was a much less amount of space between the soundstage and the listener. Whereas the MBLs projected a soundstage that was a comfortable distance between us.
Besides the soundstage and the imaging, I much preferred the MBLs presentation of the music. These omnidirectional speakers are something to behold. They are absolutely unlike any other speaker I have ever listened to. Altogether a very different animal from the X-2s, and probably for listeners with different tastes. Still I absolutely loved the X-2s from the first time I heard them, I just love the MBLs even more.
The model I heard was the 101 E, which is about a third of the cost of the X-2s. With your budget, there is the 101 X, which is like a stacked version of the 101 E, except it also comes with a tower of woofers for each speaker, with 3 12" drivers each, I believe. I haven't heard though, but I imagine them to be magnificent as well.
If you love Wilsons, then absolutely the X-2 is for you. But just for fun, you should check out the MBLs as well. With that kind of budget, there is no reason why you shouldn't listen to more speakers, if only to confirm you made the right decision.