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Statement
II
An evolution for
the music lover!
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Listening Impressions
Jim Holtz
Listening Impressions:

Jim

The obvious question is, how do the Statements II compare to the original Statements? Here are my thoughts and an explanation of why Curt and I chose to
create the Statements II.

The original Statements met or exceeded all of my design goals when they were created. Pristine highs, exceptionally clear, detailed mids and clean
extended bass with the dynamics to handle home theater or demanding music passages. The Statements replaced a pair of excellent line arrays so I was
concerned about their ability to equal the home theater performance I’d grown used to. That concern was quickly answered with an action packed movie.
The Statements held their own with the 6’ tall line arrays they replaced.

However, I’m 1st and foremost an audiophile. Music reproduction is at the top of my list when auditioning or designing speakers. After hundreds of hours of
listening to music on the Statements, I found them to be very satisfying and enjoyable, but I could detect a hint of “metal sound” in the midrange on certain
high definition recordings.

So, that brought about The Finalists. The Finalist project was a result of my quest to achieve the best midrange possible in a monitor sized speaker. I find
Scan Revelators to be exceptional drivers with top notch sound quality. However, I had concerns with the very large magnets not working well with open
back mids that have also become a “must have” for my listening enjoyment. The Vifa/Peerless NE149 looked like a real contender with Revelators, SB
Acoustics and Seas drivers plus have the advantage of a Neo magnet with a very advanced frame design and high tech stiff paper cone. We soon found
the measurements were great and the sound quality exceeded my expectations. During testing we did find that the large magnet worked fine with our open
back mid design. But, the NE149 sounded so good and measured so well, plus it’s priced about $100 per driver less than Revelators, it was an obvious
choice.

Finally we’re at the Statements II. I enjoyed The Finalists so much that I could not help but wonder if Curt could perform the same magic on the mids of the
Statements as he did on The Finalists. The result was, the Statements II retained all of the things I enjoy on the original Statements with a mid-range that
was a bit more natural sounding that more closely reproduced vocals and the sound of instruments to what I hear at live performances which is always my
reference. I find them stunning in the mids with the same pristine highs and extended bass of the original Statements.  

Will the differences I described make a difference to most? The Statements II and Statements are very similar except for differences in the midrange that are
probably only significant to someone like me that wants music to sound as I perceive it should sound. My hard core audiophile buddies would appreciate the
differences. The rest of the builders, not so much.

Now you have two options depending on whether home theater or music reproduction are most important to your listening pleasure.

Curt
while verbalizing the sound of a speaker is almost an exercise in futility, I likened the sound of the revised design as being more relaxed and natural
sounding. While the Statement II doesn't lack for resolution of fine detail, it perhaps might be a touch more tolerant of marginally recorded material, making
those long listening sessions less fatiguing. For mainly HT use, or those 'upgrading' and already liking the sound of a metal mid diver may very well be
disappointed. However those who prefer the sound of paper over metal may feel the upgrade as money well spent. I personally like the sound of the
Statement II better than the original, but then that may just be me. After all, the crossover frequencies are the same, and the crossover transfer functions
are essentially unchanged, I can only surmise it is the difference in driver properties, perhaps IM distortion, that drive my opinion. -Or maybe it was that last
resistor change Wayne and I made...