Home a little early and managed an impromptu demo of standard W8 with a Uniti, (Nova I think but it could have been the other one).
I wasn’t prepared for how physically small they are, especially the W5 which they had nearby. Oh, here we go I thought, a hyped up joke speaker…
W11s were in place but I wanted to start with the W8 and they were plonked into place without much faffing around. A big room, around 90m2 floor area and very high ceilings so a task to fill the space - but they did and without shouting.
Easy to listen to, natural timbres, beautiful voices, detailed but not overly analytical. Very musical and way more sound than should be possible from such tiny enclosures. No loss of detail listening at low levels and the sweet spot was huge without losing imaging. Quite impressive.
There was some smearing of the mids and they lacked a little speed compared to my Neat MFS, a little rounded off if that makes sense. To be fair, there wasn’t much (any) effort put into positioning, the room was difficult and they would likely benefit from a meatier amp so I will be back for another listen, a little better prepared.
I only had time for a short demo but based on what I heard, I am keen to hear what the SE upgrade does and I really want to see what the W11s are capable of (I didn’t want to start there though). If they keep the musicality but bring more speed to the party, they could be serious contenders.
Sound aside, if you want something unobtrusive and able to fill a space with sound without filling that space with big boxes, take a look !