Capt. Humble held my hand,,,,
, in fact I PM'd him regularly pumping him for info on the Lorelei's for the same reason as you are, there was so very little to actually know about them. Such as the Scan-Speak 7" 8545 driver or the 1" 9700 tweeter. I PM'd everyone that I knew had even seen them, Marbles, ZZZone, DR. Photo, TheChosenOne and of course the Captain. I was afraid that the Lorelei's (2 pairs) would overpower a 11' x 17' room preventing me from blasting them at >90db. No such fears were ever realized. With 150wpc @ 8ohms, I can max out my Butlers with no so much as a hiccup from the Lorelei's.(so long as the material isn't TOO demanding
) I've gotten 112db out of them which is really excess with an extra dabble of excess.
Because I already had my Velodyne subwoofer, I play all my speakers at small and have the crossover in my Sunfire processor set at 40hz so I'm getting the best of both worlds in bass. BUT when watching movies/TV, everything is set at large PLUS I'm able to play the sub also. Don't need no Buttbuster effects in my setup.
The Lorelei's just sound better set at large when doing dialog w/sound effects. This is all just personal preference here, ymmv. If I hadn't already had my Velodyne tho, I never would have had the need to go looking for one with the Lorelei's, nice tight and well defined bass as low as you really need to go. I'm quite excited that in May at NY Stereophile, ot only will I be meeting Klaus but will be able to hear the Lorelei's in an Odessey system so I can judge where I am from a synergy point of view. With all the Bybees & Z-Sleeves that I have complementing my audio signal, I bet I'm not far off. I have a tremendous projecting soundstage that reeks dynamics with these Lorelei's. That one of the reasons I got them as I wasn't looking for accuracy as much as I was speaker depth with the perception of sitting in the middle of an empty concert hall. What really surprised me tho was the center imaging that the Lorelei's will project with very little toe-in. And I mean very little! I need to stick my head between the Lorelei's to know that my Nemisis isn't active. This still baffles me.
A lot of times, I'll shut off the Nemisis when listnning to instrumentals because of the better quality of the Lorelei's but then there are times when I like the Nemisis on for the 5.1 effects from the DPL2. As I've said before, the Nemisis does blend in quite nicely with the Lorelei's and with multiple vocals becomes a must to have on so's to create a more believable soundstage presense. OK, my morning pot of coffee is done and so am I. As it was with Chazz and Byteme, I'll be looking foreward to the arrival of your Lorelei's as much as you Pugs so's to hear of your reactions. Being a relative inexperienced (highend) audiophile, I aways enjoy comfirmation that I'm actually hearing what I think I am. I have a ton of opinions but very few facts to really fall behind. And one opinion that I feel very strongly about is I was lucky to have picked such a pleasing loudspeaker with my lack of experience or without actually having heard them. Very fortunate indeed!