I was wondering if someone had an experience with the Eggleston Emma Eva and Naim electronic. I couldn’t listen to them with my own amplification (Nova) because the reseller doesn’t sell Naim products (…and I was too lazy to bring mine).
A shop in Paris sells Egglestone, but they don’t have Naim. Generally this brand is associated with powerful Macintosh, Pass Labs, Classe, or Bryston.
Not sure the Nova is a great match, but you can bring your nova to an Egglestone dealer and see.
Not sure, but I think there is only one physical shop who sells them in Paris. I don’t think the Emma, even the new one (EVO), are very hard to drive but they seems to be very sensitive to the pairing. I don’t remember if I demoed them with a tube or a transistor amp (10 minutes only), but as they are very transparent and airy so I am wondering if they sound bright with a Naim amp.
Eggelston is not very known in France, maybe fellows from U.S are more familiar with the brand.
I think the price comparison (speakers vs Nova) suffers from what I presume are significant import charges. In the US the speakers actually seem to be cheaper than the Nova. Nevertheless, I agree that investing a good chunk of that £7.5k in electronics and opting for more modest speakers is likely to give a more satisfying result.
I am not sure that the price ratio, that can be explained by many factors (some are more relevant than others for the customer), is more important than signature symbiose (if the amp is aimed to drive them properly in term of power).
For instance, the McIntosh MA5300 is 5500$ in U.S and the Nova is 5990$, while in France the MA5300 is 6900€ and the is 5090€…I don’t think the McIntosh or the Nova will behave differently if they are plugged in Europe or U.S.
Some manufacturers can’t / don’t want to reduce production costs; some do not want to lower their margins while others insists on cost / efficiency…
I’ve always liked the look of their small/medium sized floorstanders. They always get great reviews in the hifi press over the years for being easy to drive and not too fussy with ancillary equipment.
I’m sure they would be great with a Nova.
America is huge. Big roads, big cars, big burgers - but not everyone can afford a huge house with big rooms. I’ve always thought their speakers are for those with more modest taste and budget and a big love of music.
Makes me think of an imaginary Monty Python sketch.
Man walks into a shop…
“I would like to buy a wife. Not too bright and harsh. A big bottom and good at ordering from the menu whilst on foreign holidays”
“Yes, we have a nice American lady”
Another man walks into a shop…
“I would like to buy a wife. With a sweet sparkly brightness, a tight bouncy bottom and not afraid to put me in my place”
“Ah yes, we have a nice petite London lady”