Fusion 10 Pure. Version 1, 2013.
The Fusion 10 Pure
kit will not disappoint. It is thunderous for movies, has perfectly clear dialog for TV watching, and at higher volumes will thump your chest for music listening.
Version 1 includes 12" SEOS waveguide with DNA-205 compression driver. Eminence Delta 10A mid/woofer. A flat pack was used, the cross over (XO) was assembled by me. This speaker is designed to be used with a sub woofer. The optional flat pack is highly recommended, the optional assembled XO is highly recommended.
: The XO parts are first rate, assembling and soldering the XO was not easy for this DIY novice with no electrical or soldering experience. This is not a knock on the kit, with my lack of knowledge and experience I would have had trouble understanding any schematics, or soldering anything. In fact, it was kind of fun after the first one was completed, it was just tedious and nerve wracking for me because I didn't want to mess things up. the Fusion 10 Pure version 2's have a pre-built XO available, and is highly recommended.
The kit includes a front baffle which has been pre-cut for this exact wave guide and woofer so the finish is flush on the front. The roundover option gives a smoother rounded edge to the front. The baffle is glued to the enclosure which makes for a very clean looking front end. When used with a flat pack, this makes a double baffle which is very strong. The round over is what you want unless you are planning to veneer the front, in which case a square edged baffle is an option.
: The optional flat pack was used. This was very easy to build as the 3/4" MDF is CNC cut and everything fits together perfectly. The box is extremely well made and internal bracing is heavy duty. The flat pack was assembled using Gorilla Glue and held in place with four wood clamps purchased for $8 each. No other tools are required, the flat pack can be assembled in a living room in a day, allowing several hours in between sections allowing glue to dry. Screws or brads can be used with the glue, but are overkill and are not needed. Finish was three coats flat black water based paint by roller. This is a large speaker, not a book shelf speaker at 60 pounds completed. The flat pack is highly recommended.
The Fusion 10 Pure's are being used in a medium sized living room, as L/R in a 5.1 setup. A Klipch RW-12d sub is used. Mine are used inside an entertainment stand my wife wanted to use. Primary listening is 60% TV 30% music and 10% Blu-ray movie. Music genre is jazz (brass oriented), symphonic band, and pop vocals, ie James Taylor, Taylor Swift.
The Fusion 10 Pures were used with a Klipsch 12" sub, and sound every bit as good and loud as Klipsch CF-4 Epics, which feature dual 12" woofers and are horn driven, and originally sold for $2,500 a pair in 1994.
The Fusion 10's are being driven with an Onkyo TX-NR 717 with 110 watts per channel. What is impressive about the Fusion 10's are they are very linear in sound, which means they sound extremely clear and full at low, medium and high volumes. Since I never come close to maximum volume with the Onk 717, any receiver with 75 watts or more would be a good fit for these speakers.
At louder volumes they are not harsh, and very smooth. They produce that chest thump mid-bass when used with the sub. When set up properly you don't really hear the sub by itself, but it definitely draws more bass and mid-bass from the Fusion 10 woofers. You can listen to these all day without a sense of fatigue, which is what I liked about my Magnapan MG-1, but the Fusion 10's will play much louder and are much more forgiving of placement and room setup.
Notes: The last Attached Thumbnail shows the Fusion 10 Pure with a half-grill. The SEOS horn is gloss black.