B&W Silver sig's and Mini Utopia's.
Don't be sorry, just change your underwear! Just kiddin' man. Sure, there could be number of better sounding (still just subjective opinion) speakers on the market, but besides performance shouldn't you expect at least that company backs-up the product if and when things go wrong? Apogees are no more, and only solution for the unfortunate owner is to 'scramble' around the world to try to fix them. Why?
I think you are missing my point. Apogee sold out lock stock and barrel. After that, Bloom had no rights to continue backing his product. ADS felt it was worth their while to scuttle the Apogee line right off the bat. They certainly have no interest to support speakers they just wish would go away.
Let me ask you something. Have you ever walked into a room full of music that you deemed unquestionably real until told otherwise?
Ribbons and easy to follow instructions are available. There are two Divas for sale on audiogon right now. Maybe one of the owners are close enough for you to ask for a listen.
I had chance to listen Apogee's, i cannot remember which model, but typical looking Apogee if you know what i mean. It was in Vegas, and they were jammed into this horrible room and just inches from the wall. And still, they did sound good. So as the Magneplan and ML and so on. And with their own limitations just as any other speaker. As you know, it just matter of tradeoffs. However, did you listen Wilson Watt/Puppy?
I have to admit, I have never heard the Wilson Watt Puppy. Talking about typical looking, all dynamic drivers in a box share an obvious common lineage. I suspect the Wilson, like the big Duntechs, Infinities, and other super box speakers sound dynamic and powerful, with pin point stage array....At high volume. Turn the things down and there is a giant sucking of the music into the big boxes. Music remains suspended in air before you even at faint volumes with an Apogee.
There is no dynamic driver that has the quickness of a low mass ribbon. That translates into detail and that in turn makes it believable. The Divas, the Apogee in question, are three way and one of the best of the Apogees at reproducing all aspects of a real performance. Scintilla is another one. There is nothing typical about their sound when set up properly, and if you heard them inches from the wall, you didn't here one.
the APOGEES like all ribbon/electrostats have demand load problems...i'm sure the APOGGES are a fine sounding speaker...but you're limited in amp to use...not very attractive and big and heavy...so not practical...the JMLABS ($2.5K UP) would have to be my only choice...they use the FOCAL mid-woofers which in my opinion are the best drivers in production...i'm putting together a kit(e-speakers.com) with the 8W5411 + PHILIPS RT8(isodynamic tweeter)...another choice would be the kits i saw last night on a new web sight i found by accident...FOCAL AMERICA.com