What do the Resolutions sound like? compared to thousand pound loudspeakers say
relatively even in the mid range without the normal holes or 'farting', purity of notes even at high volumes approaching 100db@1m hold their form and shape well. Listening to both pure sines and music, reveals relatively little loss of detail when the cones 'get busy'. piano scales and chello sound real and delicate throughout their registers, and unlike everything else on the market, the instruments dont seem to change tone with different volumes or octaves.
Usually when an instrument is crossing over between the tweeter/mid/woofer boundaries you get some volumetric dip or at least phase cancelation effects, and also the 'multiple sound source' effect that is confusing you as to the realism of a sound coming from two or more places. This is cognitively non-existent in the resolution.
Low bass is clear not boomy, unlike many larger coned loudspeakers. You dont get the feeling in your stomach/lungs that some 12 inchers can create, but the bass does go audibly down to 10hz smoothly which is a bonus as you can hear all the sounds an instrument makes albeit not loudly at this extreme. bass notes stop precisely when required, whereas normally loudspeakers with heavy large woofer cannot stop instantly, and 'carry on wobbling' long after the signal stopped, this is particularly obvious with funk bass styles, sticcato rock guitar, and snare drum crispness.most loudspeakers bass is boosted artificially around 100-300 hz but is poor at half as much higher, and drops like a cliff below 100hz - impressing you with some bass loudness but having no bass eveness or fidelity. The resolution bass is gradually and smoothly attenuated from 300hz down to 10hz. The reproduced frequency response and reverberation are far more consistent than any other loudspeaker. The resolution more purely reproduces the original recording, adding less distortion and vibration into the sound.
treble is incredibly extended. most loudspeakers are rolled off dramatically after 10-13khz, and breath sounds from close-mic'd singers are lost, but with the resolutions, it's all still there. the resolution treble is fairly flat until about 17khz
The resolutions have to be run at about a third volume of all other expensive multi-drive unit loudspeakers. The other obvious improvement is that occasionaly in the music, extra loud or incidental notes 'come out and grab you', as they are reproduced at much more like original level ratio. because of the free cone movement of the TL design, the louder notes are not suffocated and damped by the enclosure/electronics or other compromises.
The resolutions are altogether a different class to other loudspeakers, as there is almost no enclosure vibration/sound, no active ports, no secondary sound drivers and all the sound consequently eminates in a control beamwidth from the one driver at head height (for a seated listener) Usually the sound is coming from multiple drivers (some wide beam woofers/ ports, some narrow beam tweeters and maybe 40% from the cabinet sounding onto the rear wall and reflecting a late path sound to the listener.
The resolution by being simple doesn't suffer from the normal directional problems associated with loudspeakers, especially being a powerful one.
There is no discernable reverberation from the resolution, and this means that it makes little difference to position it against a wall, or in a corner. the 30 degree beamwidth is quite useful as it will allow enough sound to pass behind the listener and bounce from the rear wall/sides giving the desirable 'auditorium effect' we all like (otherwise it would sound as dry as headphones) There is no severe room treatment required, even empty halls sound good as the bass is attenuated. Normally bass is very reverberant and a room requires lots of tapestries/soft furnishings/ceiling treatment to absorb the standing waves set up by omnidirectional bass reproduction from multiple sources, but with the resolution this is absent like no other.
Sounds more real than anything else for vocals/woodwind/strings/natural instruments. Tubas struggle although precision maintaned, and large diameter instruments like tubas, bass drums and low organ pipes are a noticeably quiet
complicated arrangements involving 20 plus instruments maintai integrity and dont blur at all, at louder listening levels, the experience is all too much in detail. Orchestral Crescendos and finales are more than breathtaking, they are an overwhelming experience.
guitars sound better than through your own combo amp, and electric pianos are colourful and full of life. definitely the best though is the vocals, and the precise interesting bass that tells you more about how instruments are being played and what they are like than anything else could. you can hear the plectrum-click, the fret-buzz, the hissing of the violin bow before it makes it's note(pre resonance) and the breathing and salivating sounds of closely mic singers.Having realistic vocals maximises the personal address of the reproduction in either a music+singing or home cinema arrangement. In terms of priorities and feel good factor, vocals have got to be top of the fidelity/realism list.
At no point does the music start breaking up vertically since there is only one sound source this cant happen like usual. horizontally, the tall format of the floorstanders, the consistent beam width at all frequencies and the therefore consistent room reverberation at all frequencies create a more dynamic and convincing soundstage. The Left/Right seperation couldnt be more dramatic, combined with the precise bass and no-overhang on notes, allows the most dramatic imaging and performance reproduction. Given that most studios engineer a recording to exaggerate the imaging a bit, this can be at times distracting, but nonetheless entertaining.