Call Lou--he can give you the rundown on the evolution to new models. I heard the Muse at CAF last July--wonderful sound.
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Thanks Dodgealum. I will definitely ask Lou, infect i did interacted with him a while ago. That was just before the Muse and Pan was introduced. There is a quite a lot of discussions on Daedalus models, but hardly anything on the lower ones. And at this moment it seems even Athenas are out of my budget. I'm from india so not much of opportunity of Daedalus audition. Luckily I am travelling to UK this summer and one of the DA RMa owner there has offered me an audition.
I am looking forward to your visit, but remember, my DA-RMAs are 4 to 5 year old models, current spec models with the V2 upgrade are supposed to be better, not that I am not happy with mine as they are. Lou is your man to ask how my speakers would compare with the current Muse model.
I am sure you know about the Audiocircle site where Daedalus has it's own circle. If you haven't looked, do, it is a very useful source of information, from many Daedalus users.
The DA-RMA actually morphed into the Athena. Lou said he wanted to duplicate the DA-RMA as closely as possible in a single box package.
The Muse is similar, but does not use as expensive crossover parts as the poly and V2 versions of the pricier models.
That said, they have the Daedalus sound, using the same drivers and cabinet construction as all the models. I have found in my DA-RMA v2s a very satisfying balance of high end virtues and a total lack of vices. After 3 years I still can't wait to get home and spend time with them. They never fail to present music as an involving experience.
I can only offer a partial answer. My DA-RMAs did not have the poly crossovers, so I did the poly and the V2 at the same time.
The focus and soundstage became much more open and clear, with greater transparency. It seemed to remove a lot of obfuscation in the spaces between instruments.
My friend Jon has poly Athenas that he upgraded to V2. The differences were similar, I think, but not to the same degree as mine. Others have written similar assessments. So maybe 40% of the improvement is the poly, 60% V2?
Lou has very kindly suggested he could do that, but of course he is very busy. He did indeed visit in 2011 , from memory and have a few tinctures at the Pub over the road, a real ale haunt with never less than 8 barrels of very interesting beers from local small breweries.
I tried to sell my DA-RMas over here, to upgrade to the all bells and whistles Athena's, but no interest. Daedalus is pretty much unknown this side of the pond.
My Shepherds pie is renowned throughout the land by the way.