Look what came today
So, I am just super-lucky. Dennis found one last pair of mini-phil cabinets (he says these are really, really the last pair, please don't ask) and he offered them to me, since I just missed out on the other last pair. They arrived today and I just got them set up and gave them a quick listen.
My first impression? Well, they sound quite a lot like my Sierra-2s, just with less bass. With a sub these would be just outstanding, particularly for the price. Now, since the ultimate plan is for the Minis to be sats in an HT setup with a sub, the lack of bass won't be an issue. These are just outstandingly neutral and balanced.
I've long been of the belief that Dennis and DaveF are of similar minds, and wow does that ever feel correct right now. I think the S2s are maybe a little bit punchier in the mids, but the overall tonal balance and great imaging make these two birds of a feather. I've not heard the Sierra Lunas, but my guess is that in a blind test they'd be really, really hard to tell apart from the Mini Phils. Of course, the Luna is about double the price, though it it is also quite a bit smaller and, well, I love the look of those bamboo cabinets. Still the cabinets on the Mini Phil are not bad at all, and I do rather like the sloped shape.
Study: Schiit Bifrost Multibit > Yamaha A-S500 > Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2/Emotiva S8
Living Room HT: Oppo BDP-83 > Denon X3400H > PSB Image 4T/8C/S50/Rythmik L22
Office: Schiit Modi 3 > NAD C740 > Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1 NrT
Bedroom: Onkyo TX-8050 > PSB Image 1B/SubSonic5