The time has come to sell my wonderful pair of Adagios. Fantastic sound plus gorgeous walnut veneer = great speakers. Designed by Robert Lee, founder of Acoustic Zen, the Two-way transmission line design uses twin 6.5-inch ceramic coated woofers with a circular ribbon tweeter. The three drivers are configured in a time and phase aligned D'Appolito MTM arrangement providing lifelike imaging over a large sweet spot range.
The use of a transmission line greatly increases low-frequency extension and minimizes the impedance peaks. Efficient and easy to drive. I've enjoyed them with 40-watt tube amps and 100-watt solid state. They can rock, and make you feel like the vocalist or jazz trio is in the room.
Several rave reviews are available online. This from The Absolute Sound's:
"The Acoustic Zen Adagios are such an enigma. At $4300, they should present music satisfyingly. But in fact they do a great deal more. The quality of this sound bespeaks a much higher price. They are also beautiful... These speakers are so good they're difficult to write about. They make wonderful music. Their specific strength is clarity across the frequency range (spec'd at 30Hz-30kHz, with impedance and phase measuring nearly flat from about 100Hz to 1kHz). The designs of their drivers are unusual: mid/bass drivers, housed in transmission-line enclosures, feature under-hung voice coils (the voice coil is short and does not leave the magnetic field even during long excursions), while tweeters sport a modified circular ribbon that broadens the "sweet spot." These may well contribute not only to the overall clarity, but to seamless crossovers points; tonal and timbral accuracy; sparkle and sweet detail in the highs; depth and detail in lows; richness and nuance in midrange; and a soundstage that is satisfyingly wide, deep, and high, and does not collapse when you move out of the sweet spot. Throughout, the Adagios played loud passages without distortion and without overloading the room or my ears. Soft passages were beautifully subtle and clear, no single nuance buried by the louder sounds."
-Type: Two-way transmission line -Woofer: 2 pieces 6½" composed of doped ceramic coated fabric cone, 2 ½" under-hung (short voice coil /long magnetic gap) voice coil linear motor system, shielded 7oz Neodymium magnet.
-Tweeter: 1 5/8" Round Ribbon, shielded 3.5 oz high flux energy and high temperature resistant magnet structure.
-Nominal Impedance: 6 ohm
-Sensitivity: 89 dB / 1w / 1 meter
-Crossover: 3kHz 18dB/Octave Linkwitz Riley Crossovers
-Frequency Response: 30Hz -25 kHz ± 3dB
-Power Handling: 50 - 200W
-Weight: 78 lbs each -Dimensions:48" (H)x 9"(W)x 13"(D)
Original boxes and owner's manual included.
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