It's not a new idea. KEF used it way back when with the 107. I'm sure there have been others. Didn't Aerial do it early on? Anyway, results are what matter, so I wouldn't worry about how they are achieved.
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I think the swiveling head is really just a matter of convenience. You can place those heavy bass boxes firing directly forward, spike them in good, and then concentrate on dialing in the midrange and tweeter.
I've heard the Baby Grand and Concert Grand in one set-up, and the Baby Grand and Liszt in another. The Liszts, driven by Ayre AX5, blew me away. To me, there was a strong family resemblance with the Baby Grands. In the other set-up, the Concert Grands had more bass than the Babys, but not as much as I was expecting for the increase in number, size and enclosure of the bass drivers, and the speaker overall was voiced a little bit more to the revealing. My personal preference was for the Babys, which put the music together, whereas the Concerts were teasing it apart. The Liszts to me were like a really grown-up version of the Babys, which is to say really exceptionally good all round.
Ben77059, I have VA Liszt. A while ago I had Beethoven Grand, and even so they are a good speakers for a price, the new Liszt are in a different league.
3d soundstage/imaging, very open, detailed, but natural sound, awesome dynamics. Amazing speakers. I think VA did a great job with Liszt. After having many speakers in my home including Wilson WP8, Sonus Faber Amati Martin Bird 2, I intend to keep VA Liszt. There is something about them that get you closer to live music.
According to the review, the upper bass driver is actually a midbass. There might be phase issues by pointing the upper unit in a different direction.
This is from the manufacturer's website:
"The two lower units produce the lowest bass, working in parallel, while the single driver provides ideal transition to the midrange driver."
So I'm not sure having the two sections face in different directions is a good thing.
Not sure if it is a fad or not. All I know is that I have been listening to a lot of speakers lately and this particular model is very musical and hits all the right emotional buttons. The upper head doesn't need to be adjusted very much, perhaps 1/4 of an inch or so turned inward, to really make this speaker sing. I have been comparing it to the speakers from the following companies up to $30k...Focal, Wilson, Vandersteen, Magico, Rockport, Linn, Harbeth, B&W, Sonus Faber. So far it is my favorite of the bunch for the emotional connection and all around performance. There is a new line coming out for Focal in May to bridge the gap to the Utopia line and I want to hear the new Devore Gibbons X and the Dali Epicon 6&8.
I totally agree with Goose, and I am not pushing this speaker for any marketing purposes or anything else, I dont have any affiliations with any dealers, just really like what these speakers bring out - emotion in music, natural timber and openness. You get the feeling that you surrounded by very natural, not irritating sound. Strongly recommended.