Originally posted by b_t
Electrostats only lack dynamics if you don't have a good amp powering them - the ohm rating of the speaker drops a lot as the frequency you try and reproduce increases, down to the 1 ohm range.
Bad amps like those in cheap receivers will have issues delivering power to the speakers in these events, killing the impact of transients. This would have effects on the rest of the sound too - the whole thing will sound momentarily bad (collapsed soundstage, everything momentarily blurred together, maybe even audible distortion), when really these moments are where electrostats should get their time to shine compared to traditional speakers as the speaker "cone" is basically weightless vs. traditional speakers. They can do anything the music asks of them basically instantly.
OP's budget is high enough he can get a decent amp and avoid this problem. But yeah, IMO you absolutely need a sub with electrostats.
As far as the sweet spot goes, with Magnapans it is very narrow due to the straight panel. Martin Logan curves their panels a little bit so the sweet spot is maybe a few feet across - its just enough to cover all three spots on my sofa. And personally I find the listening experience in that sweet spot is so, so good I can deal with all the tradeoffs.
ESL and Panners have a midrange unlike anything else.
The ribbon hybrids that many offer still don't compare.
Now... Hi-Fi is an never ending search for the perfect synergy that I don't think anyone EVER becomes satisfied, and rather than jumping into that game... which has resulted in countless speakers, tables, cables, amps, recievers etc... I would almost suggest looking at Meridian.
yes they are just "active" speakers... but they are not just active speakers
Off an IPAD running lossless... when I heard the 7000's series at friend's house; I was stunned.
No more looking for components, no more looking for cables, speakers and trying to match them for tonality you will never ever find...
The setup was just synergy... dynamic, musical, punchy, detailed, yet warm
Tons and I mean TONS of spacial imaging in both depth and width
No sibilence, and plenty of SPL without ever changing its characteristics
pretty to boot as well.
Everything about it technology wise, build and reproduction is IMO reference quality.
3 systems I really found incredible synergy of matched gear:
my Dad's old Carver Amazings running on ed Meitner gear (based out of here in Calgary called musitec)
my Dad's old 801 Matrix running on Krell monoblocks using a high end VPI turntable and grado cartridge
my old Sonus Faber Cremona running off Bryston 8B ST and a conrad johnson Classic and a Jolida CD player
PSB Stratus Gold & Parasound monoblocks with a simple Cary CDP
**I've heard far more "fancy" systems such as Wilson; but the aforementioned systems IMO is the most memorable in regards to how surprisingly good they worked together**
and to me... still; as much synergy those components had in each system, the Meridian setup is probably the best for PRAT and pace
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