Alcons are the best I've heard by a wide margin. From my perspective they exceed the performance of the rest of the market in two critical aspects, wide full frequency dispersion and incredible dynamics. The 90 degree horizontal dispersion upto 20kHZ yields rock solid amazing imaging that remains fixed even as you walk around from seat to seat. About 4 years ago Peter C and got a private showing at Infocomm just a simple L,C,R setup with the CRMS's (pre MKII). We were listening to 2 channel music that we though was upmixed for the center channel. The L and R were about 16-20 feet apart, the sound stage image remained solid walking back an forth between the L and R, even with the C support I never heard such a stable image with that kind of movement , we even walked up to about 3 feet from the C, no change, then another step forward and the whole center image collapsed, the Center speaker had never been on, we were both floored. The second area is dynamics. The Alcons use a special SIS circuit that senses and adjusts for the speaker cable impedance. This and other design features allows them to produce 15:1 dynamic range (most speakers max out at 4:1). The effect is dramatic, other speakers tend to sound flat and dampened in comparison. When not being driven at Ref+6 (thanks Peter) they sound very musical.
Full disclosure My Alcons order is starting to arrive in September:
L,C,R -3 CRMS mkII
W,S1,S2,SB -8 CRMS-SR
FH,CH,TF,TM,VOG,TB -10 CRMSC-SRHV
Last edited by Lasalle; 08-22-2018 at 03:48 PM.