I just bought a pair of Venture CR-8 Signatures. These are the best speakers I have had the pleasure to own and hear.Malawr is right. The Venture line of speakers deserve better recognition.
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Mike at Precision has even outdown himself, in my opinion. He is showing the new Venture upgraded speaker, which only has 2 7" woofers; a 5" midrange, and 2" tweeter; all proprietary designs with underhung voice coils and Abacaca carbon drivers, powered by a single Hegle amp, and using his FMS speaker cables. It was the most amazing listening experience I ever enjoyed; besting the Wilsoh Shasha audition I had at Brooks-Berdan, and the Magico Q-5's powered by EAR tubed gear at Weinhart designs. I was floored by the prodigious base and low end response from this smallish floor stander; and the high detail; spacial ques, sound stage was not to be believed. I did purchase a pair of the Excellence III's from Mike; which was the prior model in the line; but these new drives and current production run speakers are just amazing; hard to do justice with words..but I echo the sentiment of the above posters... these sounded better to my ears than the larger version he demo'd at THE SHOW in Newport this past summer; that room did not do the Venture speaker's justice...try to hear them at RMAF and make your own evaluation...expensive; but worth it...
I have heard some great words said about the new Encore's. If I had not just bought the CR-8 Signatures, the Encore's would be in front of me now. How Venture can get such deep bass from 7"(in my speakers 8") drivers is beyond me. And they don't just do the disappearing act, they vanish in the room and just leave live music in their place.