Some of the best sounds at Audio shows.
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I have a pair of the 2.3s and they are all around the best speakers I've ever owned (and I've owned literally over 100 pair of high end speakers). They image with the best and have an open, airy sound about them that make it difficult to even try to listen to a dynamic driver 'box' speaker again (which I still have several of). Using a dedicated Crossover/EQ to essentially remove the room from the equation is definitely the way to go as that is always half the battle in getting world class sound. The last 3 years I've went to RMAF I've always though they were in the best 2-3 rooms at the event and they were displaying their entry level speaker (CS2P) this year.
Only (and some would say 'major' downside) is figuring out how to best use the EQ with your room as the presets the supplied Behringer EQ came with sounded dreadful in my room. I now use a much easier to use and better built dbx unit. The new EPs come with their own proprietary EQs so that might have solved most of that issue. I haven't used one so can't really comment on that.
Let your own ears be the judge. Go to a show or call Wally (the owner) and try to locate a pair close to where you are for an audition. Best of luck.
About a year ago I bought my KC IIs and paid extra to have them upgraded to include WireWorld OCC internal wiring and upgraded caps in the XO. IMHO they are one of the very best bargains in hi-end speakers
Since then my system has been slowly, but now completely upgraded. Each and every step was easy to hear
They play all types of music extremely well. Since my room is 19 x 38 X 11, I also incorporated 2 SVS subs to flesh out their tonal ability
Eventually I would like to own the 2.8 carbon, which should eliminate the need for subs, even in my large room
A long time ago they stopped using Behringer XOs., and are available with passive XO or DSP
I own a pair of EP 4.7. They are very enjoyable and I think the last pair of speakers I’ll ever buy. If you are willing to learn how to measure room response and use room correction software like REW. Learn how to use and adjust a DSP unit like the Mini DSP HD you can achieve very high quality sound. Also a pair of quality subs won’t hurt. If not maybe better off looking into the Spatial Audio offerings if you want to experience open baffle sound advantages without much tinkering.
Though I think the newest versions of Emerald Physics speakers are less dependent on DSP.