Thank you, once Mezzo delivered, will share my impressions.
Very curious about DSP , expect good things in my 100 sq m living with big windows.
I decided to order new XD series after a long conversation with Polish colleague who works in AG factory for a long time.
He says it' s a real improvement of SQ compared to G2 which I auditionned during my visit in June.
Graham, got that.
Thanx very much for your hospitality on Saturday, Ron and I had an excellent time listening to yr Cessaro Liszts.
But if we're talking about what are "true" horns and are not, surely the Liszts don't quite make this definition too because of the 11" dynamic driver covering the range up to 500Hz.
By this definition, only the Cessaro models Beta 2/w.Basshorns & Beethoven and above, Tune Audio Animas and AG Trio/w.Basshorns, fit into the "true" 100% horns provision.
Graham, thank you from me, too, for your hospitality and graciousness on Saturday. I had a wonderful time listening to the Cessaro Liszts, and I appreciated the introduction to your very impressive Tron amplifiers and pre-amplifiers! I was happy to see an all analog set-up (vinyl and tape).
Although I do believe the ultimate proof of a component is in the implementation and the resulting sound, and not in the theory of the design, I could not help but critique the construction quality and lack of frame rigidity of the Avantgarde Trios. The Liszts not only sounded great to me (with the caveat that I believe there is some compromise with a conventional driver covering that critical 100 Hz to 500 Hz range) but I, personally, appreciated the heroic construction quality, rigidity and inertness of the cabinet, and the solidity and precision molding quality of the horns. (The counter-argument, in fairness, being that, in theory, horn aficionados might not want a horn system constructed with a traditional, heavy cabinet design.)
Marc is correct that the right Cessaro system for me, were I to go in the direction of horns, probably would be the Beta II with basshorns.
Betas with front loaded horns, I agree, that is the way to go, I ordered a pair, but when Ralph came to measure we just couldn't get them ( and me) into the room.
The Liszts are pretty good though.
Hi Bonzo,I think focusing on too much cabinet construction is a false positive for people who don't veer to boxes because it leads to cabinet coloring and higher prices. I personally don't prefer any horn that uses a cabinet woofer. I am sure the 5-way Cessaros will sound great. My search ends at trios with basshorns. If I want to compromise with the bass I will get the WE 16A replica which is the best I have heard till 80hz, and then cross it over to a sub.
Having heard WE 16A several times, (it wasn't side by side comparison though), you might change your opinion after hearing Liszt/Carmen in our room. From large orchestra to heavy metal, we will gladly play all your records. (sorry we do not carry digital)
Try Slayer on WE 16A and you won't last to 15 seconds.
Dave, that sounds a bit ambiguous. You say you wouldn't consider the Trios/Basshorns because they sound more natural? Or do you mean the Duos Mezzos sound more natural?
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