Originally Posted by Repdetect
Originally Posted by bostonbean
With differences between the Stradas and these new box speakers being only subtle...
No offense intended but my first reaction was, that's hard to believe. It would mean that all the research and expense of designing a speaker that works well in a spherical enclosure without the usual box distortions was for what? I am really anxious to hear them.
I found the 3.1 to sound better and different than any other speaker I can remember hearing. Though after 40 years in this hobby, memory does fade.
I get the need to supply dealers with what they can sell, he's gotta do what he's gotta do to stay in business and fund further R&D. If that means box speakers, so be it.
I think I was miss interpreted a bit. What I had said, was that subtle details in a recording are more apparent on the Stradas, not that the differences between the Strada and the, as yet un-named box speakers, are subtle. The Strada, like the Reference, will play louder with less compression/congestion than the new box speaker. The Strada, when placed against a wall, has adequate bass response, but it's sound-staging is far better when placed out into the room, so it needs a sub. This new box has adequate bass on its own, but it won't play as loudly
as the Stradas without becoming compressed/congested sounding. This is not to say that it they don't play loudly, just not as loudly
as the Stradas. Also, I'll repeat myself, the Stradas and the References, lay bare more of the subtle details in a recording. I'll use that old reviewer's line, "like a veil has been lifted and I can see more clearly into the recording". They are different products, at different price points, that will appeal to different customers, or to one customer for different purposes.