Of course I have yet to hear a pair of Lou's speakers but I am hoping to make a trip this summer to the great Northwest and take some time to visit some Daedalus owners as well as possibly Lou.
One things for sure, it seems a lot of people end up with Daedalus speakers as their destination in this crazy hobby.
I am in Spokane and more than happy to have you stop in and listen to my Daedalus DA-1.1 v2, both with and without the twin BOWs if you make it to the Northwest. Just send me a PM if you are headed this way.
I must be working way too hard because I haven't checked in on this thread since the 11th and it already is 2 pages.
Tom, thank you for the great review. You did an eloquent job of describing what many of us have come to know as the Daedalus sound. Others who have chimed in express many of the characteristic I fell in love with when I heard my first pair of Daedalus speakers at my first RMAF in 2005. They were the original DA-1s. I had been a B & W girl up until that point, having owned Matrix 2 and 803D Matrix speakers. I was searching for new speakers when I wandered into Lou's room. I immediately was struck by the appearance and craftsmanship even before I heard them. My first listening impression was the tonal accuracy I heard with good detail across the full music spectrum. As those of you who know me, I am all about rock--no jazz, no classical, no opera, no hip hop. Lou graciously allowed me to play selections that ranged from Dylan & Neil Young to U2, Coldplay, The Beatles and String Cheese Incident. My budget was not yet ready for new speakers so I left Denver with Lou's speakers on my short list.
I returned to RMAF the next year ready to purchase new speakers and spent quite a bit of time in Lou's room listening to lots of different music from acoustic to hard rock. I wanted to make sure what I heard the year before was what I wanted in new speakers. Before the show was over, I bought the show demos in Cherry. Once in my system, I knew I had made the right choice. They were superior to the B & Ws in tonal accuracy, detail, dynamics, imaging, and bass. The mid range was comparable. And as many have stated ITT, they are absolutely non-fatiguing.
I was completely satisfied until I heard the DA-1.1s at RMAF in 2007.
I ordered a pair of DA-1.1s before the show was over. They did everything the DA-1s did, just better, especially in the midrange and low bass extension. I like the offset tweeters that provide a wider sweet spot. I needed to sell my DA-1s and it turned out my golf instructor/coach is an audiophile and a huge Zeppelin fan. He had a Cary tube amp & pre amp and Polk Audio speakers. I talked him into taking the DA-1s and spend some time listening. He did, but told me he couldn't afford them. Then he called me and said he didn't realize how good the DA-1s were until he put the Polks back in his system and we made a deal where he paid me over time and in working on my swing and short game. A win-win solution and I didn't have to ship them.
Since then I have faithfully incorporated each upgrade from the all poly crossover (audible improvement) to the v2 upgrade (huge audible improvement) to the Trim Rings (audible improvement). If you have an older pair of Lou's speakers and haven't had them upgraded, especially the v2 upgrade, stop what you are doing and send those speakers back to Lou immediately. Your ears will thank you for the rest of your life.
A couple of years ago, I added a pair of BOWs. They really are foundational and not only add to the excellent low end extension of the DA-1.1s, they allow the highs and midrange to come into focus even better than before with improved clarity and detail. They also deliver when the music contains the low note on a Hammond B-3.
I have heard every model in the Daedalus line and they all bear the trademark of tonal accuracy, great dynamics, easy to drive, exceptional detail and clarity. They give you a "you are there" live music presentation. They are speakers for life.
Over the course of the last 10 years, Lou and I have become good friends (despite being polar opposites politically
). He is a great human being, a great craftsman and a great friend. He stands behind his product and really appreciates his customers.