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Congrats Ozzy, happy you found a speaker that you really like. Your mention of the Von Schweikert struck a cord with me. I was intrigued by the VR33 speakers they were making. I read all the reports and found a used pair here and bought them. Biggest disappointment of my audio journey. I couldn't stand them and stopped listening to my main rig. A year later, I sold them for a huge loss and purchased the GE Triton 1 and last year moved up to the Triton Ref.
Your review was extremely well written and I really enjoyed reading it.
Great review Ozzy.
I had to say I was wondering what you would make of the Carver speakers when I first read you had bought them.
Forget now how many speakers gone through based on reading reviews and been disappointed in one way or another.
Not sure we truly learn our lessons... lol
Love the looks of the Sopras and it appears they have the nads to back up the looks.
Stereo5, maplegroovemusic, uberwaltz, lak, mtrot, Thank you for the replies.
Maplegroovemusic, The Iso Acoustics GAIA 1 were put under the Sopra’s the next day after I found the sweet spot. At the time, they did seem to add a deeper 3D image to the sound, but now I am used to it. They were kinda tough to install since my right arm is still recovering from surgery. I also bought the carpet spikes.
uberwaltz, yeah I was disappointed in the Carver speakers. There was a review of them in 2015 in the Absolute Sound but I think that was of a earlier version.
BTW, Bob Carver also doesn’t think too much about speaker cable quality. He told me so. And after looking at the wire in his umbilical cord connecting the crossover to the speaker it appears to be about 18 gauge wire.
I hope you can get them. With the Sopra 2’s now on the Iso acoustic footers they appear to be much larger than they are. The Sopra 3’s would even be taller. But if you have the room they are really impressive sounding.
I should add that my review is slanted to the type of genre and sound that I prefer. Many of the other speakers that I listened to did have their qualities and I didn’t mean to dismiss some of the very popular designs.
I did want to hear the Legacy Aeries but never got the chance. The Tekton speakers are inexpensive relatively speaking, and seemed interesting, but I couldn’t get past all the drivers and the boxy exterior. I also wanted to hear the new Martin Logan’s but passed based on the Magnepan demo. But so many people own these...
So, based on your equipment, genre, and listening habits many of the other speakers could be preferred to what I like.
@dmk_hifi not at all. It's there to tweak the sound from the tweeter. Focal thinks it sounds better that way; obviously, others disagree. There is nothing dangerous about the tweeter in its current form. In fact, the earlier generation of Utopia III speakers let you completely remove the tweeter grill by simply pulling it off as it was only magnetically attached.
I had heard the Utopia Grande (over $200k/pair) driven by the Naim Statement NAP S1 monoblock amps + Naim Statement NAC S1 linestage analog preamp before and those were the best I've heard. They also had very high end flagship Naim 500 series streamer/DAC digital front end components with separate Naim 500 psu. Highly musical presentation. You could easily perceive the very subtle dynamic shifts in timbre.