What is the reference material compared to the R meta series?Not to me. However, I bought my Reference 5s used right around the price for a new R11 since they had 2 damaged drivers which I promptly replaced. I don’t want to pay 5 figures for speakers, but I feel I got a steal. The difference between the Ref and R speakers (besides better bass extension) is very clear - now granted, my only Meta comparison is the R3 Meta I own.
I did try the R3 Meta as fronts and I am really missing the details and openness compared with the non-Meta Reference. To me, the non-Meta Reference UniQ is better than the R Meta UniQ.
Let’s not forget that the Reference driver is of much higher quality and that the “Meta” changes are really basically a disc behind the tweeter. I still like the Reference materials better.