Just like brand’s higher-end models, the Classia C205 incorporates Infinity’s Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm driver technology on its 1-inch dome tweeter and 5.25-inch woofer. The ultra-low mass and ultra-high rigidity drivers are said to keep distortion low, lower than more common metal, plastic, and paper drivers.
The speaker’s backside features keyhole mounts and rubber feet to facilitate rattle free wall mounting, but for best sound I’d recommend using the C205 on floor stands. The radically angled top panel and grooved cabinet sides adds a distinctive modern flair to the design.
Tip: I found the C205 needs to be driven with a relatively powerful amplifier to sound its best.
My first impressions were confirmed over long term listening sessions: the Classia C205 is a rich sounding speaker. The warmish balance will make for a good match with moderately priced, 100-watt-per-channel receivers.
Jeff Tweedy’s vocals and acoustic guitar on Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky CD [Nonesuch] had a pleasantly round tonality. I listened for hours on end and while I felt the sound lacked some detail, it was easy on the ears.
Jonny Greenwood’s turbulent, string-driven score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, There Will Be Blood [Wea/Alantic/Nonesuch], pushed the C205s to the limit. The score’s visceral oomph was slightly reigned in, and the speakers blunted some the gutsy, tortured edge of the music. The C205’s laid-back demeanor will no doubt appeal to some buyers.