Never got the upgrade, but I still have the original ones in Cadilac pearl white and aluminum side panels, just can't seem to sell those!
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The crossover is the heart of a loudspeaker. I rather buy a speaker with a great cabinet, smart crossover and good drivers, than super expensive drivers with un-smart crossover design and a mediocre cabinet.
However, it seems the Fremonts got bad reputation after Sterophiles review (measurements was less than ok i remember). Sadly, i have never heard them. A bit curious i must admit that i am.
I wonder what happened to Escalante as a company!?
The page seems "sleeping", since a long time back.
Escalante for all intents and purposes is a closed deal and no longer in production. I spoke to Matt Waldren the owner a few months ago, he and Teri are working on a subwoofer but are early in design. I doubt they will return.
I personally loved my Fremonts, and thus why I can't sell them! As for shipping, they weigh some 600 pounds a pair in four crates (yep, stands get their own crate!) so each 'monitor' weighs about 100 pounds. I found the Fremonts to be insanely dynamics and able to play loud and go deep as well. Despite their ultra high efficiency they like some serious power to really open up and sing.