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And the amps that were the best for the Zu's,the Decware Torii and the Coincident Frankenstein 300B did not mate will with the Dragons for whatever reason. I even was lucky enough to demo Hugh's beautiful Melody AN 211, which Ive heard from reliable sources to be amazing, and the Pendragons didn't really change that much.
None of those words are mine, and I couldn't go back and edit in quotes. I think the paragraphs that followed were even more heavy duty. Anyway, review like that made mw curious.Trung actually has these, modded crossovers too, buy he is a man of few words and simply loves them.
Cheap oranges versus expensive apples = meaningless comparison.Separate subs generally can sound better than passives simply because they can be moved around apart from where you'd want to higher frequency drivers to be located.Personnally I don't like the whole design idea of 3 tweeters.
None of those words are mine, and I couldn't go back and edit in quotes.
There is a wide variety of loudspeakers available to consumers at or even below the Pendragon's $2,500 per pair asking price. Based solely on price, the options include, but are not limited to Aperion Audio's Grand Verus Towers ($1,798/pair), GoldenEar's Triton Two ($2,500/pair), Zu OMEN DEF ($3,100/pair), MartinLogan ElectroMotions ($2,000/pair) and Paradigm Studio 100s ($3,000/pair). All of the above-referenced items are fine speakers and, based solely on their asking price, seem like worthy competitors. However, I don't consider them to be such, not because any of the aforementioned speakers are bad - they're not - but because I feel the Pendragon's sound is one that has more in common with some of the bigger speakers.Yes, I'll say it, I believe the Pendragon competes, and favorably, with speakers along the line of Wilson Audio's MAXX 3 ($68,000), Wisdom Audio's LS4 ($70,000), and even pro speakers such as Meyer Sound X-10s ($30,000). I've spent considerable time with all of these heavy hitters and would not make such a bold comparison if I didn't believe it to be accurate. I'm not saying that the Pendragon is better than say a pair of MAXX 3s; I'm simply stating that there are more similarities between a pair of MAXX3s and the Pendragons than there is between the Pendragons and, say, a pair of GoldenEars. These are two speakers, MAXX and Pendragon, which are cut from similar cloth. I recently went back and logged a couple of hours on a pair of MAXX 3s just to be certain. At the extremes, there are differences, but at their core, they check many of the same boxes.
ray, IMO you can get good results without spending a ton of cash... something like the TBI Millenia amp that's going around on tour ($500) and a basic DAC (lots to choose from) will do the job. It won't be as good as a high end SET / $1k+ DAC, but it will be surprisingly close...
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