Originally Posted by wookiered
Says there are plans to release a BE-520 this year. Using the same tweeter as the BE-720 and a new faster woofer. Didn't know the release date or the price, but felt that it would be under a grand.Sweet.
I didn't know they have a Be-720. Is the Be-520 going to use beryllium tweeter? It's hard to believe they'll be selling it for less than a grand if it's in the Dancer line.
Yesterday I went to the local Usher dealer to audition the Be-718. Since this is basically the CP-8577II floors without the low bass woofer and costs 1/3 price (where I'm at anyway), I thought it'd fit better in my small listening room. The demo wasn't set up properly due to the speaker and the sitting position but I was impressed enough right away purchase a pair in white piano finish. I guess I've always been a sucker for exotic tweeters and Scanspeak-like woofers. I don't know yet how it would go with my class D amps in my actual setup at home as I won't be taking the delivery for another month. If it's too bright, I'm thinking of pairing them with the cheap but advanced Onkyo A-9755 class D that only takes analog inputs. Not sure yet as I've just auditioned that amp with some B&W's and found the low and highs too pronounced. But to be fair those B&W's were hooked to a Lexicon and that was a match made in heaven. Anyway I can't leave the digital realm yet but if I have to, the only traditional amp I'd get is the Bryston B100DA which still has built in DAC. The problem is 100W @ 8 ohm won't be enough for power hungry Ushers.
I also had the chance to audition the X-708 and found it too bright and more artificial but they'd be able to play well any kind of music including the hardest rock and metal. The X-708 does have the extended soundstage that the S-520's are missing and will be the model of choice for HT. Actually I might just do that in the future...
Anyway, I'm gonna make myself busy painting my old Newform R630 pearl white. They'd match better with the 718's. I'll post the results in the DIY section once they're done.