Originally Posted by wannabechef
Now that I've spent some time with my Lore-S, I'll post some of my thoughts. I'd like to preface this by saying that I am not a audiophile with a whole bunch of technical knowledge. Just a musician with a love for music, and for the longest time I was looking for speakers that would suit my tastes and lifestyle. I tried a whole bunch of speakers and here are my comparison notes.
All speakers were driven with my Yamaha VX571 receiver; certainly nothing to write home about but again I do not have the budget to drop $3K on a pre-amp/amp combo.Golden Ear Triton 2
When I first listened to the Golden Ear towers it was at a time when the HVFR tweeter had just arrived on the scene and I was impressed. Of course now a whole host of speaker companies have made similar products, maybe for the better because that tweeter is sweet. The extension that I got was amazing and the midrange was nothing to complain about either. The crossover with the sub was done very well; soundstage was quite large, but focused as well. The Lore S has less of an immense soundstage, rather staying within the confines of just slightly beyond the speakers. The tweeter has less extension, but is just amazingly clear. I would say too that the midrange of the Lore S is significantly more textural, most obvious with M. Ward's "Hold Time" album in my listening sessions. Ultimately I didn't get the Golden Ear because of what I felt were the limitations of a built-in sub. Also at the time I was considering a purchase the price had jumped from $2400 a pair to $3000 a pair.Aperion Audio Versus Grand
One thing I will say about the Aperion Grand is that they are beautiful speakers. In their cherry finish they are just stunning, and it is a definite plus that their customer service is extremely helpful. In my time with the speaker though I found them to be rather veiled and I also felt that I was listening to music a lot further back from "the stage" for some reason. Midrange was not very clear, and I just didn't get much from the bass. I suspect that I needed a different set up with a better amp, but budget confined me. After many hours of trying to give the Grands a chance, I had to send them back.MartinLogan ESL
Maybe this is the inner geek in me but I love the way the ESLs look. But more than that I loved how they sounded. I had no trouble driving them with my receiver at all. Since I listen to a fair number of female vocals, I was just blown away by what the MartinLogans did. Clarity, air, extension...just superb. Bass was surprisingly good too, though admittedly they struggled a little with rock music. They sounded good, but as a drummer I am used to there being a real presence with rock music and the ESLs just could not produce. But for jazz and classical, just amazing. My only one critique is that in order for them to sound really good, I needed to turn it up to higher levels. Since I live in a townhome, this is not always the most practical thing. I really almost kept them though, until Eric called me and said my speakers would be ready in two days.Lore S
I ordered mine with custom walnut veneer, and they look amazing. Admittedly not as sleek as the Grand Towers, but as good as two rectangular boxes can look honestly. One thing I didn't expect was how small they would be. They worked out fine for me and my couch height, but be sure to check this out before you place an order. The Lore S seriously puts me right up against the "stage", so much so that when I listen to Fiona Apple and Norah Jones they sound as if they singing right where my TV is. Bass is surprisingly quick, and as I mentioned before texture is just amazing on the Lore S. As a drummer I always listen to the sounds from cymbals through speakers because I know what it sounds like live; in my budget range I haven't heard any other speaker replicate this quite as well as the Lore S. And I really do love the fact that they sound good both at lower levels and at higher levels.
There are negatives though. Soundstage is not huge, for one; much more confined within speaker space. Secondly they are extremely revealing due to high efficiency. I love this, but depending on your music taste you may not. And thirdly, I had to wait 7 months to get my speakers. I love supporting small companies, but I did feel frustrated many a times during my wait. I was very very close to keeping my ESLs. Now that I have finally got them though, no regrets for sure.