I agree. Very little press on their statement speaker. To make matters worse, their Web site is horrendous!
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I heard the Pearls in San Francisco a couple of years ago, where I believe they won best in show, and I would agree with that. Since I had trade passes, we could go into demos without a lot of waiting and get good seating. So I was able to compare liberally with the other speakers I was interested in - Avantgarde Trios. The rooms and equipment were very different, but they were both very suitable for their respective speakers.
They were both truly spectacular speakers in their own ways and I found the Trios to be very exciting, but I decided ultimately that if I had to actually LIVE with one, I'd choose the Pearls. I felt they'd be a little less "engaging" but on the other hand utterly non-fatiguing. The Trios seemed like they might get irritating for more than moderate duration, totally dedicated, eyes-closed listening.
So yes, I'd say they are wonderful - and like the Trios, they really ARE a technically innovative design that justifies the price, not a few off-the-shelf drivers with 4th order X-overs, screwed into a pretty box like some of the other contenders.
Heard it compared to Avantgarde Duo's and Uno's. All were pretty amazing but very different.
Funny thing that - we're all shooting for that sonic perfection. That "you are there" kind of sound. You would think that with this goal in mind these top end speakers would sound somewhat similar. NOT!
Also heard the Pearls compared to the next one's down in the line. Yes, they are significantly better than the cheaper ones (about 1/2 the price I believe) all around.