1. No ad-hominem
2. No spamming or shilling
Go listen to live music, not the artificiality of a stadium or hall PA, I mean live music. Compare a Cube to that and you have the real comparison. The whole flat earth in yer face sound was created to simulate a home PA system, and most recent speakers are still trying to do this to a greater or lesser extent.
It clicked with me first when listening to classical pieces. I attend concerts at The Sage, Gateshead and at churches / chapels, so I have a frame of reference for live music that is not pumped through a PA (although, I have plenty of experience of that, too.)
Once my ears / brain understood the difference between semi-omni and p&s then it's been impossible (for me) to unhear that difference. I can still enjoy p&s speakers for what they are...but I know that what I am hearing is being pumped 'at me'.
NVA BMU / WTL Versalex / Transfiguration Axia /NVA Phono2 w/ 2nd PSU / GSP Revelation C / Vortexbox Appliance NAS Server / Sonore microRendu USB streamer w/ LPSU / Chord 2Qute USB dac / NVA P90sa / NVA A80MK2 (bass) / NVA A70 MK2 (tweeters) / NVA Cube 1 / NVA TIS MK1 / NVA SSPMK2 / NVA LS6 / NVA AP10H (& 1x additional PS) / Audeze LCD-2
Now with a modest set of refurbished mk1 Cube 3's in place - that old memory has been realised. It does require a mental shift in comprehension to listen to the room acoustic rather than the programmed-in 'HiFI-think' of standard speaker presentation. But my search is for insight into the music and performer - and the semi-omni approach gives you that in spades.
Cubes - small but perfectly formed !
Digits: RPi 2B / Allo DigiOne / Volumio / Tomanek ULPS / AQ Jitterbug
CD Transport: Cambridge CXC DAC: Metrum Acoustics Musette
Cans: AudioQuest NightHawk Digital i/c: Oxypure OCC coax & optical
I should really update my signature, the Lenco is no longer with me but a listen to the IMFs could be possible
I do have plans to do a DIY speaker based on Cubes at some point.
The other big plus is I do not have to be sat in the middle of the sofa for the optimum sound. This is all the more important as the room is large with the dedicated listning area confined to a width section which only covers about a third. I am now on the PC, situated a good way away, and the sound here bears no comparison to what it was with point and squirt.
And northwest of Pegasus
Flew into the light of Deneb
Sailed across the Milky Way
NVA BMU, Sonore microRendu/McRU PS, AQ J-bug, Wirewold Ultraviolet, Chord Qutest, NVA P50SA, NVA A80sMk2, NVA Cube 3s, NVA LS6, NVA TIS mk2. Rega Planar 3, Denon DL-110, NVA Phono 1, NVA SSP Mk2, Grado SR 325e, headphones, Chord Mojo.
Arcam Miniblink Bluetooth DAC, Marantz pm 5004, Wharfdale Diamond 121, NVA LS2.
Out and about
Oppo PM3, Audioquest Dragonfly Red.
Many thanks for the comments, the issue here lies with me and what I expect to hear in a domestic hi fi situation. It's odd because I don't have that expectation from my car audio for example. I look forward to additional bake offs to further my exposure and rewire/remove that expectation.
Antonio66 - the Elacs at the bake-off were much lower in the food chain (AU$1650 15 yrs ago, prob around £800-900 new at a guess).