- Jan 27, 2020
- Suffolk Coastal, UK
I'm not baiting here, but define 'more detail.'If your goal is better detail I would not buy the Lintons. So far (now that I've got some on hand) I agree with comments others have made that they are not super detailed. If I have a complaint about them at the moment this would be my first one. Caveat, though, that I have not heard any of those other speakers (so they might all not meet your goals), just that I've heard a number of more expensive speakers with better detail. The LS/50 Meta's that I was recently demoing had at least slightly better, if not significantly better detail in the highs, but had a broad frequency output dip that made their mid-bass too anemic, especially after getting some help A/B'ing them against the Wharfedale EVO 4.2s.
Also, I would have said to stay away from wide baffle speakers in general if you want detail but I no longer believe this after hearing BenB's custom line array speakers that he's posted about on this forum. They are effectively an infinite baffle wall mounted speaker and they presented excellent levels of detail.
Do you mean a tweeter set very slightly too high, or a lifted upper mid to crossover region (as in NS10's at their exaggerated worst)?
Certainly you don't want 'smear,' but with a passive crossover, you're always going to get at least a gentle touch of 'smoothing' or 'softening' going on, even in the finest examples. The secret is to blend the drivers together so it sounds 'seamless' and yet I feel that many 'exalted' speakers around and about haven't quite got this aspect at all.
I came at looking at the Lintons as maybe cut-price Harbeth C7-XD's which I love but the price is eye-watering now ('cos all their 'BBC-Thinking' competitors do it). Smaller KEFs have always been too thin and 'tizzy' for me (the latter may not matter now ) and sadly in the UK, Revel have absolutely NO presence whatsoever (I did hear some floor standing two grand-ish ones and they were uber-clean and a bit 'stark' but at least this was from top to bottom... I think it was the Concerta F35
Revel Concerta2 F35 Floorstanding Speakers - Premium Sound | Home Audio Retailer in London UK
The Revel F35 is a true full range 2 1/2-way 5.25” floor-standing loudspeaker that was designed to provide true high-end sound quality.
The thing is in the UK market, 'retro' is only a fleeting fashion and these Lintons are sold by dealer chains (not sure if there's a discount on them). Independent dealers almost certainly won't want to know as I doubt they'd be able to sell enough to make any real living out of it (no wonder my local audio salon chases big-ticket Naim and Dynaudio sales, a grand a pair their basic entry level - Focal Chora or maybe Q Acoustics). I was desperate for them to take the JBL L100 Classics but as I was the only interested party and not able to buy a pair, they cancelled their order for them and nobody else even mentioned them