Tell me about Athena LS 500


I've heard and read everything from better than Monitor Audio RS6's to stuffy and bloated to harsh and thin.
I heard these once about a year ago. I had nothing to a/b them with but remember thinking they seemed pretty good all around, especially for $400.
I can get a new pair for next to nothing but don't want to bother if they don't sound decent. I cannot listen to them first.
If anyone knows these, could you decribe the sound for me, maybe it will jog my memory of them.
Thanks
griffinconst
The LS 500 and another Energy model are very similar at Audio Advisor. I think AA only has the LS300 floorstander now. Athena was doing pretty well and all of a sudden they fell off the map. I believe the ones you are talking about has the 2 8" woofers? They are very efficient and have great power. You will need a pretty food sized room for them too. They are not bright but can be boomy if you don't have the space. This model replaced the Model 2 and are similar to the Athena 2's that Stereophile had on their reccomended list a couple years ago. With the right amp they can sound mightly inviting. I personally think you should get a hybrid amp like the Pathos or other that have great midranges and a smooth and extended top end. Also an amp that can control the bottom end. I think they are great in a Home Theater setup in a medium to small room. The 8" woofers move alot of air. The parts quality is pretty sub par. I can only imagine how this speaker will sound with better crossover parts? They throw a big sound stage and are pretty good sounding.

The Monitor Audio will be a very different sound. It will not have the amount of bass the Athena has and the top end of the MA RS6's will be more extended and maybe refined. The midrange will be very good and I think better than the Athena 2 with the 2 8" woofers. Some people call that bright. So you must match the amp with them to prevent the brightness. You may need a subwoofer with the Monitor Audio's. Typical British character. But not as refined as Spendor, etc.
04-24-09: Ponnie
The LS 500 and another Energy model are very similar at Audio Advisor. I think AA only has the LS300 floorstander now. Athena was doing pretty well and all of a sudden they fell off the map.
That's because Klipsch bought API (parent company of Mirage, Athena, and Energy) a few years ago and decided to drop the Athena line. They also pulled the plug on a couple of Mirage products--a premium powered sub (showed up on their website for about a month) and a $20K "statement" loudspeaker when it was still in the development stage.

I suspect AA bought up the remaining Athena stock, which is why it's priced to move. It's good stuff. I have Mirage speakers throughout my house.
Thanks Ponnie and Johnny.
Can anyone describe the sound?
Hi Griffinconst,

Yes.... it comes straight out of the speakers at about
750 miles/hour. :o) Hope that helps!!

Really, I heard I "think" the LS or AS 250's???? A few years
ago, and thought wow, what a great speaker for cheap!!
I think they are thought of as of one the great bang for
the buck speakers.