Guess what I did today?
My wife and I are traveling this summer and we just spent three nights in the Coast Redwoods area of Northern California. Then, we drove a helluva long ways south just so I could spend a few hours in John Casler's man cave listening to Evoke's EDDIE speakers powered by Nuprime components. I'm glad I did. Perhaps I ought to write it this way: I'M GLAD I DID!
John or Mark will have to fill in the details of which songs were first played, but the first track was a Bela Fleck tune that did an excellent job of demonstrating Eddie's bass capability. It's clean, fast, clear, and sweet. Yeah, I said sweet because the bassist was standing not four feet in front of me and I could hear every note. It was a live recording. The audience was really enjoying the tune and I could see them to my front, my left, and my right.
The next track demonstrated the midrange planar driver's capability. Okay, a bunch of the songs demonstrated it. I'm at a loss for some words. I'm not some professional reviewer with a handy audiophile '100 must use vocabulary list' booklet sitting beside my iPad tonight. The clarity left me grinning. I could really hear the guitars, the strings being plucked or strummed. In a later track of my choosing, Natalie Merchant's voice rang out clear and wonderful even though the recording was clearly not the best. I happen to love Natalie's voice. Half-way through the track I told John I was angry with him because I could finally hear this is a poorly recording.
Before I forget, between the Nuprime amp and preamp, and the EDDIE speakers, there is no hiding a poor a recording. You are going to get an earful of clarity of music that won't mask poor recordings. If the recording has warts, you're going to hear them.
It was around this time that I shared my bias with Mark - I told him that I prefer dome tweeters and that getting me to really enjoy a ribbon tweeter would be a challenge. Oh, I have heard a very few speakers with ribbon tweeters that I liked, but by far I prefer dome tweeters. [Yes. We exist.] I listened to several tracks that I knew had the potential to sound bright or have sizzle if played on speakers with inferior tweeters. For the most part these ribbons performed admirably, but there were two tracks that irritated my ears. When I told John and Mark about that sizzle, Mark reminded me that there are two dials in back that allow one to adjust settings to one's liking. He reached round to make an adjustment and asked me to listen again. Hot damn, but the sizzle was gone and I listened to the track again, but this time without mentally cringing. That dial worked magic.
How does this ribbon tweeter stack up? Hmm. It's pretty damned good. It's at least as good as the Scan Speak Ring Radiator tweeter in my speakers in Taiwan. As I didn't do a side-by-side comparison, I can't declare one or the other an absolute winner. I can tell you I like this tweeter. I can also say that I want to listen to one more dome tweeter before I make a decision to buy a pair of Eddies. [Sorry, Mark. I can't let go of my dome tweeter bias without a fight.]
Geez. It takes so much time to type on my iPad. I'm going to cut this short, and add an edit in the morning.
Quick recap: These speakers are excellent sounding. There is great balance between the three drivers. The midrange is so clear and revealing. My two-way speakers just don't compare. What else? I like these speakers! They are heavy - sixty pounds per speaker. Imaging is exceptional in my opinion. These speakers gave me that "you are there" experience.
Disclosure: Mark did not offer me a special deal or discount. I'm not getting paid by him or John. Unfortunately, no one offered to buy gas for my 1200 mile drive from Oregon. John gave me a few chocolate chip cookies and a raspberry drink.
That's all for tonight. It's 12:50 am. Good night.