What if I told you about a pair of rectangular tower speakers with dual 6-inch woofers and a dome tweeter, with the amazing capability to play from 42 hz to 28 khz? What if I told you that these astounding speakers even include a passive radiator that fires straight down, and on top of that are 89dB efficient and can handle 450 Watts of peak power! Interested? Well, the price will just blow you away, because these speakers cost a mere $7000!
Speakers that closely resemble aquariums, and they are even made of the same material
Can you sense the sarcasm? I hope so. The Victoria Evo is made out of some sort of glass. The salesman, who I met at another demo, dragged me down one floor to the Waterfall demo room. He told me that the latest versions of all Waterfall speaker cabinets use safety glass, unlike the old version of the flagship "Niagara" that is listed for sale on Amazon and is supposedly made of "High Density Diamond glass." Evidently safety glass is even better than Diamond Glass.
I was tired of all the classical music I'd heard at the show. I asked for something electronic, with bass. Thanks to Daft Punk's popularity, Random Access memories is a go-to album for such requests, and I've listened to it enough that it can serve as a reference.
Don’t get me wrong, the Victoria Evo did not sound terrible, like a pair of white-van speakers. It's just that they did not quite rise to the level of a decent pair of $700 tower speakers. Unfortunately I can’t see why such speakers would ever cost $7000, because glass is not exactly the most expensive material.
The brochure tells you everything you need to know about the Victoria Evo:
-Optimum performances considering dimensions and price.
-Flexible to all music types and programs
-Strong power handling
Of course I couldn't leave the demo before I had a chance to hear the Niagara—Waterfall's flagship tower—after all they cost more than a new Cadillac! What I heard probably came close to other speakers I've auditioned over the years—ones with dual 8-inch woofers and horn-loaded tweeters. The main difference? Those sort of speakers cost about 75X less than the Niagara, which goes for about 50 grand—depending on who you ask.
Caveat emptor, folks.
Edited by imagic - 1/14/14 at 1:04pm