I had the original Baby Grands and was amazed at just how seamless the speaker was. Few "full range" speakers produce the boxless and seamless integration they did. I was somewhat skeptical when I heard there was a REF II removing the external crossover, using a new design and internalizing it. I have always, and in many ways still am, a proponent and believer in two way monitors, so purchasing these speakers did come with some hesitation. However, few "full range" speakers, are capable of doing what monitors do better than the Baby Grands and the reason I made the purchase.
After having the new REF IIs for several weeks now, several things are obvious. What was already an amazing speaker now is more coherent, more detailed and has taken imaging and three dimensinoality to a new level for a full range speaker. While JV has issues, based on his limited audition at CES, with the speaker's bass, I am happy to say, the bass on the REF IIs are more refined allowing for more coherence with the secondary benefit of signficantly enhancing detail compared to its predecessor.
Physically the speaker look the same, although closer inspection will show amazing detail paid to the wiring of the drivers. The detail paid to the wiring shows just how committed the designer is to his product.
Clearly a worth upgrade for anyone owning the Baby Grands and should be on the audiition list for those looking for a speaker in this price range.