Have any members heard this line of electrostatic speakers? Any comments would be appreciated.
I've heard them several times at different hifi shows.
I've always been impressed with their looks and unique stator placement design.
I have not had any opportunities to listen to them in a critical situation.
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I've also heard them at shows and been favorably impressed by the demos.
i have happily owned esl 63s for 20 years. i have been frustrated by their fragility, but oh that sound. how do they compare with final sound speakers in terms of reliability and in terms of sound quality?
I can't answer that, and I seriously doubt ANYONE who has only heard them at a demo could. We are good, but really....
The design premise behind the Finals is that they will be less fragile, but how much less fragile is not clear.
You should audition one of the new MartinLogan electrostatics. They were always great, but some recent design innovations have vaulted their performance to a new level. Their $2k The Source (a hybrid employing a dynamic woofer) is outstanding, and a great bargain.
I heard the Martin Logan however, i prefer the Magnepan 1.6.
The Magnepan 1.6 is outstanding, but needs the right room and power amplifier.
I own the 300i - the speakers sound good but im not impressed with the quality - one of my speakers has started arcing very badly within 8 months of purchase.
Did you manage to solve the arcing problem?
I am from Portugal and I bought the 300i, one of which started arcing out of the box. Mind you, these were demo speakers. I must admit that they sound absolutely clean and clear when not arcing!
If you are interested in giving me a complete problem report, I might be able to help you. But sincerely if you are covered by warranty, you are better off getting replacement units.
Please feel free to e-mail me and we could exchange some thoughts.
To get back to the original question:
Other people who have heard the Final Sound 300i in my living room ( as different from listening to, which is more of an audiophile language ) have uttered words like " clear " and " clean " and " directional " ( obviously refering to the figure 8 dipole radiation pattern ) and believe me, none of them spent a week browsing the internet to understand electrostatic speakers as I did. To be honest, I haven´t really listened to them nor have had the oppurtunity to set them up properly as regards placement and subwoofer matching etc......., but one thing is certain : no more cone speakers for me from now on! ( Subwoofers being the exception ).
Even before I bought my first all in one system, I had already spent a significant sum in Hi-fi magazines to try to home in on what our golden eared reviewers were talking about - this being in the pre internet years when you paid for information and not like now where whatever you want to hear is already posted. Then I spent some serious time figuring out what all the hype was about before parting with my cash. Almost 15 years on, this is my second serious money ( relatively speaking, of course )system.
I know it's off-topic, but are you the same Alnasir Visanji I first met at UCL in the early 1980s, and last saw about 15 years ago in Australia? If you are, I'd be really pleased to hear from you.
I'll keep checking this page for a response.
I've registered now, so I should get a notification if you post a reply to this comment.
Well, I know you can find anything on the internet, but finding Steve Hunt was always a tall order.
Mail me at alnasir [at] netcabo [dot] pt
look fowards to hearing from you and the rest of the gang.
Back in April it was reported that Final filed for bankruptcy and went out of business.
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It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the old Final has been reborn as the new Essence™ You will notice the family resemblance, Maarten Smits' signature industrial design is refreshed and they are even more elegant now.More importantly, new materials and production processes have increased the excursion of the diaphragm so its not a hybrid, it's almost a full range speaker with -3dB at 48 Hz. At $3995 per pair MSRP, it redefines the price vs performance ratio in its class.Final was taken over by unscrupulous investors who got rid of me, then Maarten before running the company under. Lesson learned the hard way, sorry to all who were harmed. The good news is that Essence™ will provide continued service for all Final products.Interested parties may contact me at bob [at] trgmarkerting [dot] com or 727-866-9767 in Florida.