These are not shipping yet. I'm on the pre-order list, so I'll be among the first to get a production pair. They will be competing against my new Merlin VSM MXe's. Only one will stay.
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The cabinetry and networks on my 9's are quite different from what will be in the stock AV123 offering, FWIW. The LS-6 I had were pretty close to what the stock product will be.
These are terrific speakers. Fast, very dynamic with good extension at both ends. The low end takes a bit of work to get right, but nothing major, and is remarkable given the 6.5" drivers used, albeit a dozen of them on each side. Danny Richie designs always excel in the midrange and these are no different, vocals are just killer. They throw a really nice soundstage in both width and depth. Image layering is capable, but I've heard better in other speakers, Merlins being one example Goatwuss. The overall performance is really top notch though. They do like some power despite their sensitivity ratings. The 6 or 9 are a very good deal at what AV123 is offering them at.
I had Dunlavy SCIV-A's prior to the prototypess and B&W N802's prior to those...