Yeah, I totally agree.
I heard the Rm25xl at the Stereophile show in 2007
on the Moscode 402P hybrid integrated amplifier.
This was one of the best sounds at the show.
The Rm25xl had a really nice articulate sound and the bass was really good.
The Moscode used a passive volume control in the hybrid integrated amplifier.
I remember asking the guy at Joseph Audio about the 7 inch drivers he used in the Rm25xl speakers.
I really liked the way these drivers sounded.
He was telling me they were modified Seas drivers.
The the Rm25xl have a much fuller sound then the RM7's.
Plus the bass is better on the RM25XL.
I just acquired a pair of RM25XL speakers and got them set up this afternoon. Out of the box, for some reason, they were not that impressive, but after a few hours of listening to them, I am just blown away. I am using a Modwright KWA 100SE amp and a Belles 22A preamp and these speakers are simply creating a magical sound I have not heard before in my listening room.
I hooked up with Mark Williams on the "no fee" other internet audio forum and bought a pair of his teflon-coated, silver-plated copper IC's. On a flyer, I took a chance on Mark's $39 IC's and was simply blown away, without any "burn-in", at how incredibly musical and dynamic they are! Highly recommended!
I have had the LS50's for about a month, powered by a Modwright KWA 100 SE and Klyne preamp and I am just blown away with them. The are articulate and detailed and image very well. Vocals are just pristine, without a hint of sibilance.
I had a pair of EOS HD speaker and thought they were among the best stand-mounted speakers I ever heard at their price point.
I have had a lot of a speakers in and out of my system in the last several years, but opted for the VR-22's after the Newport Beach show in June. Unimpressive out the box, like many new speakers, they have over time broken in nicely and are absolutely the favorite speakers I have had in my listening my room at any price. At their price point, I could not recommend any speaker more highly! They leave me wanting for nothing in sound reproduction.
The best I have heard was the Hegel 300 at RMAF last fall for about $5500. It included a fine DAC. I was blown away by the speed and liquidity of the unit.
Is there anything that you have heard Mark that hasn't "blown you away"?
He must be a professional reviewer,..... Loves everything placed in their system, but doesn't own long enough to really give it a chance! Talk about never getting off the "Merry-Go-Round".
I had the RM25si speakers for years and loved them. This was my first dynamic speaker, being a long time Maggie owner.