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I also had the pleasure of hearing these at Teajay's and was extremely impressed! Excellent tonal balance, an incredible 3D holographic sound stage, and massive bottom end power that blends perfectly. It's hard to believe that this little tower has it all. On top of that, the sound is well refined with great detail and never fatiguing, harsh, or in your face. Great for any genre of music. I found myself getting lost in the music and having many goose bump moments as I listened to familiar tracks. The spacious sound had me feeling like I was blissfully swimming in the music. It's really hard for me to fault them in any way, it should certainly be on the list of affordable end game speakers to check out if you are in the market. I wish these had been at Capital Audio Fest, I probably would have listened to them all weekend!
True, they do Jazz music in a beautiful fashion. However, this speaker is no "one trick pony" regarding other genres/types of music. My guest listeners always bring their own music to audition a new piece of gear in the system. When hard core rock, blues, or electronic music was played everyone was amazed at not only the gut pounding subterranean bass, but the loading of the room with sub-sonics that pressurized the entire acoustic space.
I also heard these speakers at Teajay’s Place. They really are wonderful in their ability to transport one to the performance with their amazing imaging. I don’t know how so much sound comes out of these boxes. They are the best speaker I have ever heard over there by far. I heard them with all solid state. Hope to also hear them with tubes sometime.
these will definitely be a classic!
I just had another guest listener over this afternoon for about three hours who wanted to hear the Model 100 loudspeakers. He is an AudioGon member, but he never posts on any threads, just reads them to gather information and found out about the NSMT speakers because of this thread. He lives near by and asked if he could visit.
To use his term he found the Model 100s "mesmerizing" because of the factors that everyone so far has experienced. First, holographic sound-staging, that encompasses you in the music. Secondly, the purity/beauty of the colors/tonality in the mid-range. Thirdly, the sheer overall power of the speaker and the deep and accurate killer bass and how it loads the room with sub-sonics that give you a sense of where the recording was made. He called them Harbeth speakers with "balls" that does justice to any type of music.
have you compared the Tektons to the NSMT 100 speaker. do you feel its a sonic worthwhile upgrade over the Tekton Moabs or big Ulfberhts , which you reviewed in the past?
the NSMT 100 look to be a well built speaker, and commands more of a premium price over the Tektons. are they worth the premium price over the Tekton speakers?
I have been to Teajay’s place a number of times and I felt this speaker was much better than the Tekton Ulfs IMHO. The imaging of these speakers is staggering. Almost like a time machine bringing you to where the original performance was conducted. They also are tonally excellent and they seem to check all the boxes!
i still think the Teckton Moab and perfect SETS are incredible bargains. I liked the Moab’s better than the Ulfs even though Teajay disagreed. The perfect SET is ridiculous for its price. I have not heard the smaller NSMT speakers. Mike Kay have you received your Monitor 100’s yet? It would be interesting to hear them in a different environment!
Audio Archon now has received their demo pair of Model 100 speakers and they are breaking/settling in as we speak. Mike Kay is experiencing the same superlative and special sound production that I have in my system. So, if you are in the Chicago land area you could contact Mike and setup an audition to hear for yourself what makes this speaker so special.
I have had another three guests that did not want to go home after listening to these playing the music they brought with them to audition them with. Everyone founds them totally engaging on an emotional level that makes the music a beautiful experience. I still think of them as Harbeth 40.2 with "balls". If you know what Harbeth's offer regarding color/tonality and imaging, the Model 100 has these qualities with even better dynamics and deep low end extension. From opera to pounding rock these speakers can play it all.
The NSMT model 100A speakers have arrived in the beautiful Sapele wood finish! Just getting some hours on them and getting them in the right spot. Yes, indeed they have the MAGIC that was heard previously at Teajay’s house!
Just for the record...the Harbeth 40.2 ABSOLUTELY HAVE BALLS!!!
Happy New Year!
Audio Archon - NSMT dealer
In the last few days I was sent Emails, along with phone conversations with two individuals who recently purchased NSMT 100's and wanted to share their experiences with me.
First, both are enthralled with these speakers, even though they use very different upstream gear. The details regarding the holographic sound-staging, the startling powerful bass/macro-dynamics, the beautiful tonality, and just the overall enchanting nature of their Model 100's was apparent to the new owners delight!
I encouraged them to write something for this thread, to share this information, to hopefully inform more listeners about this wonderful speaker. Hope they do.