The specs look like science fiction to me.
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Have NOT heard them, they are new to me.
BUT, having a floorstander size subwoofer and a regular floorstander size mids and treble would seem to be a logical extension of the two separate functions in one module with a separate top for the mid and treble and a separate larger bottom for the sub. So the specs may work and the sound may be there, something new for me to find out about.
If you have the room and the significant other willing to abide them, they may work wonders, heavy on the MAY.
Science fiction my butt. These are probably the BEST speakers I've ever heard! Certainly better than anything under $100k.
As I stated on the "S'phile" blog, these embarrassed EVERY speaker I heard at Axpona, and not by a small margin.
Being in the industry over two decades, these are the first speakers I ever listened to that I MUST own. One audition, and you'll hear what I mean.
Honestly, these are not speakers, but musical instruments. Piano, vocals and drums had such presence, I was taken somewhere I have never before been: THE ABSOLUTE SOUND. Not a rendition, nor "great" reproduction, but a near-flawless recreation of exactly what music sounds like live.
A bit (a large bit) of credit should also go to the excellent Belles products used with the Directorates, as well as Bill's mastery of musical production.
If you can keep-up (you can not; trust me), give Bill a call and listen to him discuss the physics pertaining to these works of art.
And don't think he's got me in his pocket! I must shell-out the same money for these as anyone else.
At the Directorate's retail price, I have certainly never heard anything close. Even the $56,000.00, 10-driver speakers two rooms down at Axpona (you know who you are) were an absolute JOKE compared to the Directorates.
I wholeheartedly gave the Advanced Transduction/Belles room "best of (Axpona)show" after only ten to fifteen minutes in their room.
The second the piano started playing, my "headache" was cured, and I was listening to MUSIC for the first time all day, rather than components.
I won't even get in to the bass, as it's so low, I'd be afraid to summon alien craft playing the Directorates at high volumes.
Bill's speakers will be my reference set the second I can afford them. I think that says a lot, considering I've owned dozens of high-end speakers. Or so I THOUGHT until Axpona.
I've not been so excited about speakers since I first heard a stereo image, circa 1985. The simple, ADS L7/Yamaha system I first experienced "true hifi" on was what prompted me to spend the next 25 years developing audio gear and installing home/car audio.
In those 25 years, I have worked with a lot of the industry's largest names, especially in car audio. Bill is a true genius, ranking with the Richard Clarks and David Navones of the world.
The only issue I have with Mr. Roberts is, I can no longer listen to my current system with any degree of satisfaction, whatsoever.
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