A few weeks ago my cats mullered my Focal 1008be, now given to a friend who intends to resurrect them in a slightly different form. In the meanwhile a friend lent me his OLD SBLs, the remains of an active system he had a few decades ago, all the electronics were nicked.
Now I have always had a yen to try the SBLs, but having left the flat earth society long since I had consigned the desire to the dustbin of desires, but now I had the option to try with NO risk.
One concern I had was the tonal consistency between my Audio Physic centre and the SBLs, having been happy with the serendipitous match with the Focals.
So, how did the SBLs do? SPECTACULARLY well, and a better match with the centre. Last night we were watching Ladyhawke, and favourite regular with my wife an I, and she LOVES the Alan Parsons soundtrack. Now I have always been doubtful about the match 'twixt soundtrack and film, while enjoying the music. Well, I enjoyed the music even more, and noticed sound effects that before had passed me by.
The attack of soundtracks through the SBLs consistently brings a smile to my face, so an all round blessing? No. Last night I tried streaming the 1973 ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ from Amazon. Initially I enjoyed it, but as the opening song was sung ‘Judas’ had a good voice, but the way the resolution had been squeezed was all too obvious.
In fairness, I hear this comparing local files to Qobuz, but it is FARRR less of an issue; noticeable but easily set aside.
Damn, I am LOVING these speakers; oh, and I bought them the day after setting them up, thanks to me friend.