What amp etc. are you using? It sounds like 300b would be a lot of fun with these.
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Thanks, Roxy54. I was trying to build "Last System" so I previously purchased a used VAC 200 IQ with KT88's, which is probably about 10x the power needed for the Sonist. I still have the original VAC Avatar integrated with EL34's. When I find time, I'll hook it up and see how it compares. I also found the Sonist so satisfying on its own that I didn't feel the need to tailor the sound with a linestage. I know others will disagree, and I might in the future, but for now that's another way to free up funds.
A small appendum:
1) It was unfair to comment on the cabinets since mine are Show Demos that I could examine before purchase.
2) I think they form a solid foundation that can be mated successfully with a wide selection of ancillary equipment.
3) The transparency of the bass takes a little getting used to, but then there's no going back. They will reveal punch when the recording has it.
4) Probably my end-of-path speaker.
I just read about the Sonist speakers; they sound too good to be true. I am looking to update my vintage Spendor SP-1 to use with a Leben tube amplifier. I am looking for a detailed but warm sound as my room is a bit bright. Also looking at Spendor A -7, Devore O 93, Aerial Acoustic 6 T, Prana Fidelity Vayus ( if it can be found) and Harbeth. Anyone able to give some thoughts regarding a comparison of these speakers?
@mpomerantz, I've had the Conceros 4's for a year and I'm still satisfied and enamored. No itch to trade.
I haven't heard most of the speakers you list, but the Sonist should be more transparent that the Spendor. To me, the Sonist cabinet (which is made of solid 1 3/4 or 2 inch Poplar wood) has a sense of solidity and inertness from which the transducers emit sound. That seems the opposite of the very thin cabinet walls on some Harbeths. Sonist
sound quality reflects a somewhat minimalist design within a very substantial cabinet .
I, also, like warmth and clarity, and I'm using tube amplification with good results. I wouldn't recommend Sonist for Garage Band listening unless you think you'd like to be in the garage with the band. Some aggressive or "harsh" music sounds better on bloated, blurry, resonating speakers, but that's not what you get with the Sonists.
I've owned Maggie's and Logan's but do not want to go back to that type of sound. I've also owned speakers with more punch at loud volume, but I felt I was listening to the speakers rather than the music coming through them. If money was no object, I'd probably get the Lumenwhite Kyara
I've been lucky to have a friend who has some of the best ears in the business, and even though I haven't bought a single thing from him, listening to his systems has allowed me to recognise some of the attributes of great sound in the Sonist, but at a much more modest price point...that sense of sound illuminated from within and hanging in the room...an openness with space and air. That said, some of his systems have projected a soundstage farther out in front of the speakers than the Sonist, which still has a wide, layered sound with instrument specificity "over there where the speakers are."
I'd never tell anyone they should like or purchase a specific speaker because the hunt and the arrival is so personal, but I'd bottom-line the Sonist as transparently presenting the instruments and performers within an extended linear response with limited congestion.. It's a small company, so has to depend on product more than marketing spin.
Hope that helps. I'd email Jonny at Sonist, who is likely familiar with your amp and the other speakers. There's lots of good choices. Too bad Axpona has passed. I missed this year, but think it's a valuable resource to refine and re-benchmark what we're pursuing and what's possible.
I just wanted to tidy up my previous comments on these Sonist speakers since the last thing a small company needs is someone like me making knee-jerk comments about their products that turn out to be premature or unfounded.
I questioned the wood finish but by cigar brown ones have been stunning with numerous compliments. How many speakers use two-inch solid hardwood? I don't think the other furniture in the room does. I can see the difficulty in cutting a two-inch cabinet wall at an angle for the treble lens and keeping the finish free of small inperfections, but mine are fine and I hear they now hold the finish to an even higher standsrd.
I seemed wishy-washy on the bass but now realize it is true to whatever bass instrument and bass amp was used on the recording. These speakers go deep without bloat and I get much pleasure from the variations of bass they faithfully portray. I remain convinced many speakers add false punch or slam as a substitute for true bass.
I've always been fascinated with treble transducers like Heil AMT, Janszen stats, or AvantGard horns but feel the ribbons on these get voice right.
I've had them for over a year and always love to listen through them. I've yet to hear harshness, suckout or experience ear fatigue. I always smile. My general conclusion is that I have replaced "speakers in a room" with a transparent, wide-bandwidth window onto musical performances. I owned and listened to speakers over four decades and I personally prefer these. If money were no object, I'd consider Vivid, which is the class I feel these play in. But then, such preferences are largely subjective and personal even those these seem objectively true to original instruments and voices.
I did add IsoAcoustic GAIA feet and some real wire jumpers. I may try biwire speaker cabling. I have a good tube amp and linestage.
Bottom line: Happy