I just finished reading a most gushing review of the MBL 101E Mkll in the latest issue of TAS. Try as I might, I could not find the reviewer's name. This has never happened in as many years of my reading TAS. Be that as it may, the review was well, simply too gushing, for want of a better word. There was none of the balanced reporting a la RH or JV. The problem with an unbalanced report is that it detracts a bit from the overall excellence of the product which would certainly have a few caveats of its own(which great speaker does not?). I have owned MBL speakers before, albeit the compact 121. And I can say that at this level of sensitivity in the low 80's, MBL speakers need very high current, high wattage amplifiers for them to sing at realistic concert levels. I had to upgrade my amps to the megawatt Brystons 28B SST before doing them full justice. Even so, I have since moved on to the Vienna Acoustics The Music which presents greater precision in image focus and specificity. The omnidirectional imaging of the MBL's may just not be to everyone's taste. Maybe, a follow-up review by another staff writer might help someone reading it to make a purchasing decision. $70k isn't something anyone would part with before reading the caveats.
Jon Goh, MD