Interesting post. I've been intrigued by Fritz speakers. Almost pulled the trigger on some Carbon 7s at one point. What OB speakers did you have?
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I had Emerald Physics CS 2.7 (original design) speakers. Before that I owned CS 2.3 and CS 2 speakers and thought I would never move away from OB speakers. The CS 2.7 speakers sounded great, but were too large for my room and my wife asked if there was a smaller speaker that would sound good and be a smaller form factor.
I feel like I did not loose anything as far as the realistic live sound by moving to Fritz speakers, and I gained slightly better imaging that monitors are known to excel at.
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Fritz dropped off a pair of his Fritz Carrera BE speakers for me to hear, and I am trying not to give them back to him now. They honestly sound THAT good with Audio Note's least expensive integrated amp, the Oto SE. Onlt 10 wpc, and a truly splendid match.
If anyone would like to hear this combo for themselves, get my tel number from my website, call for an appointment, and come visit. Absolutely no pressure to buy anything. Just some music listening.
I too am smitten by the sound of Fritz Cararra 7 BE speakers. I like them so much, I just put my Legacy Audio FOCUS SE towers up for sale! I've been a Legacy Audio FOCUS owner for over 18 years, but the Cararra BEs have much better top to bottom integration in my new small California listening room.
I've been reading reviews on the Paradigm Persona B speakers and I'm wondering how well the Fritz Carrera BE might stack up against it. Will the Fritz speakers play loud like the Paradigms apparently will? Is the midrange on the Fritz speakers up to par? I do occasionally like to play some loud rock and roll and would augment the bottom end of any monitor speaker with a couple of Rythmik F12 subs. I've never heard either of these monitors, but having owned Paradigm Signature series speakers I'm inclined to believe I would like the Persona B. If I could get most of what they probably offer at half the price by opting for the Fritz Carrera BE I would be thrilled. Has anyone heard both of them?