I wanted to post my feedback from my first DIY 2 channel adventure. I purchased an Essenza kit from Selah Audio back in March / April 2019, and I have waited until now to post my experience - since I have had some time to listen to the speakers.
Rick was very professional and great to work with...he was more than willing to jump in and answer any questions I had ( I only had a couple) and if I would have carefully read the documentation provided, I would have found the all of the answers with the documentation provided (sorry Rick).
For the last 10+ years I listened to a pair of Klipsch Rf62II, rarely utilizing my Klipsch rw10d subwoofer. For the vast majority of the time I used a Pioneer Elite VSX-91txh for the amp.
I moved to a Yamaha a-s2100 and a Cary Audio DMS-500 w/ the Klipsch rf62II for about a 6 months, then purchased the Essenza kit... So I have experienced the klipsch towers and the Essenza's on the same integrated amplifier. I am using no power conditioning, mediocre interconnects, and commodity speaker wire.
I am an amateur wood worker at best, the cabinets took me a couple of weeks...only because I had to some learning pains with the internal brace and front baffle. They could have been built much quicker by someone who pays attention to detail and plans things out ahead of time. I used a table saw, router, jasper jig, a couple of router bits, clamps, sand paper, and glue.
The room is a rectangle 14ftx17ftx9ft, no room treatment. Slab, with acoustic under lament on carpet tiles, drywall walls - so nothing fancy. The Essenza are more than enough for a room of this size, I believe.
The Essenza's are very detailed compared to the rf62's, I am hearing things in tracks that I have never heard before. I find myself pausing the music to see if I am hearing things coming from inside / outside the house (external to the track being played) to find lots of the tracks have sound I have not heard before - I think I am trying to say they are extremely detailed. The imaging is far superior, its often dead center, but other times it extends far left and right of the speakers. I recently built a pair of dual H frame open baffle subs, I have had some issues integrating the subs (no fault of the Essenza's, often times finding the Essenza's low end sounds better without the subs).
So long story short here... I have had an awesome experience with my first build, no regrets and Rick will be the first person I call on my second build.
I want to apologize ahead of time for the short, terribly written review... this is probably the second review I have ever written, but I wanted to share my overwhelming positive review with the Essenza's and Selah audio. If anyone has any questions let me know, I will try and provide as much info / detail as I can.