Hello: I'm close to getting these Cobalt 816's...I think I'm getting a really good deal (~$1,400 through December) although I see the Cobalt S is coming in March for about a 15% premium. Any Thoughts?
Those are very good speakers and you are getting a great deal on them. They retail for $1695.00. The new Cobalt Signatures are coming out in a few months, but they aren't a replacement for the current Cobalts rather a kind of go between from the Cobalt's to the Electra's. The only differences between the current Cobalt and the Cobalt S is going to be a new tweeter (actually the same Tioxoid tweeter that is in the Electra's) and they will be using a better wood material for the Cabinet along with adding the Signature Red Wood color. Will they sound better than the current Cobalt's? Sure they will, but to me for the price the current Cobalts are excellent speakers and at the price you've been offered, I'd jump on it.
As an happy owner of the Cobalt 826 may I suggest that you check out the 826 over the 816's, if the $$ difference isn't too great, as you will get a true 3 way speaker with an additional 6 1/2 " driver with a more advanced crossover network. My .02
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