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. . . . enjoy systems based on what they do best and not focus on what they can't do.
Still undecided although I've been keeping my eyes on OB speakers (Orions, Emerald Physics 2.3). For now I just enjoy my FTA-2000s.
Quiet Earth asked, "...why does classical music require a special type of speaker?" This has since been answered to his satisfaction,
Loudspeaker limitations that are tolerable or even unnoticeable on other types of music are more likely to be intolerable on classical. So it's not so much that special speakers are required for classical; rather, it's that less-special speakers are acceptable on most other types of music.
At this point and considering my space (2nd floor, not large enough), I've narrowed my choice to the Plutos. Just so you know.BTW, I looked at GR web site but didn't see the V1 mentioned anywhere. Am I missing something?
Classical music is so hard to do right right, because violins are more demanding than female vocals. You think female vocals get irritating on the wrong speakers? Try listening to Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin for more than an hour. Ditto for flute and any other wind instrument. If the speakers are not smooth, then it becomes irritating to listen to. And, since classical music (unlike pop and rock) is recorded in real space, so imaging is also critical. And, because of it's complexity, you might have one group of instruments playing softly at the same time a different group of instruments is playing loudly, but it is important to hear both. That means imaging, macrodynamics, and microdynamics all have to be first rate to really "get" the music. That is VERY hard to do. I've heard only a few systems capable of doing it well - the fully active VMPS RM40's, the Hansen "Kings", the old Dunlavy SC-IV and the SC-V, the Bryston/PMC BB5-XBD, my DIY active Ella speakers, very few others. Pop and Jazz are much, much easier to do well, but classical is a real b!tch because of all the things that have to be good or great in the speakers' presentation.
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