We need the floor space for incoming Analog Domain Argus speakers in June.
For sale is a demo pair of Soltanus Virtuoso, full-range, (40Hz-20kHz), multipannel, crossoverless, electrostatic loudspeakers
. Inspired by the legendary Quad 57, the Virtuoso is the modern-day embodiment of that much-revered design.
If you appreciate the transparency and seamless top to bottom coherency of a full-range, medium-size, electrostatic speaker, this is the speaker for you.
This is a truly innovative design, offering the purity of mid-range that electrostats are know for, augmented by similarly glorious bass and high-frequency extension.
The Virtuoso is the brainchild of designer Zoltan Mikovity. Quoting Doug Schneider of Sound Stage: "Mikovity told me that his inspiration for the ESL Virtuoso was the Quad
ESL-57, many of which he’d repaired back home in Serbia, where Soltanus
Acoustics is based. Of course, he wanted to create something better --
and I have no doubt that, with the ESL Virtuoso, he has.
Anyone looking for a modern, and highly evolved version of the venerable Quad ESL-57 need look no further than the Virtuoso.
See our coverage by AV Showrooms from AXPONA 2017 on the link below:
Soltanus Acoustics Virtuoso - included in "The Best of Salon Son & Image 2015"
A system that took me
completely by surprise was built around a pair of Soltanus Acoustics ESL
Virtuoso speakers. The ESL Virtuoso is a two-way, full-range
electrostatic that can be run without a crossover, so long as your
amplifier’s damping factor (recommend 25+) is high enough. Designer
Zoltan Mikovity assured me that most amps qualify, but if yours doesn’t,
there’s a knob on the back of each speaker that will engage the
crossover, and an alternate binding post to connect one of the speaker
cables to. The ESL Virtuoso has a claimed bandwidth of 40Hz-20kHz,
+/-3dB -- thats airly wide.
At the front end of the chain was an Auralic Vega digital processor,
feeding digital signals to an Aurum Acoustics Integris CDP
This system clarity was superb, and its midrange presentation was to
die for -- voices sounded dazzling. The level of transparency was also
first-rate -- the piano in “Within,” from Daft Punk’s Random Access
Memories (Columbia), hovered precisely in space with crystalline
clarity, while Rebecca Pidgeon’s voice in “Grandmother,” from her The
Raven (Chesky), was so clean, pure, and effortless, it was as if she
were there in the room.
Mikovity told me that his inspiration for the ESL Virtuoso was the
Quad ESL-57, many of which he’d repaired back home in Serbia, where
Soltanus Acoustics is based. Of course, he wanted to create something better -- and I have no doubt that, with the ESL Virtuoso, he has.
. . . Doug Schneider
The Virtuoso delivers each
overtone so precisely, giving us impression that we are right in front
of the sound source, the speaker carves out the important mid range, at
lower levels & Intimacy is increased to the utmost.
Tobias Hecklau - AUDIO TEST
ESL VIRTUOSO, Serbian maker, Soltanus Acoustic success in extending the
benefits of electrostatic speakers - like unique,clarity and
transparency up to and including the bass region. They are a high-tech
at discount rates. Musical fine spirits for those with sufficient space
in the listening room, these special speakers are highly recommended. -
EXCELLENT 90% rating
For us the ESL Virtuoso was a definitive must hear. But be warned. Chances are high that this will turn into a must have.
Marja & Henk
can be brief. If we had to start all over again assembling an audio
system, the Soltanus ESL Virtuoso would be in the top 3 of our wish
list. This speaker is well built, easy to place and its pricing for
delivered musical quality very competitive. Its easy-going character
makes it non-problematic to find a satisfactory amplifier match of
either the tube or solid-state persuasion. Even damping factor is not
critical with the supplied adjustments. Zoltan Mikovity’s design
complies with virtually any amplification offered as long as it is
sufficiently powerful for your desired levels. Know your damping factor
and the Virtuoso will match it. Add some decent loudspeaker cables and
musical satisfaction seems guaranteed, personal preferences aside. In
the looks department, the Virtuoso scores just as other panels this size
do. There’s a large black surface. Its curved top line, massive wooden
side rails, super-smooth stretchy cover jersey and small footprint make
the Virtuoso salonfähig and non-intrusive.
For us the ESL Virtuoso was a definitive must hear. But be warned.
Chances are high that this will turn into a must have.
Dave Thomas of Stereo Review was kind enough to allow me hear his review pair of Virtuosos in his listening room before we received our first pair. Dave's '"oohs" and "aahs"' can be found by following the link below:
Soltanus Acoustics proudly presents the world’s first Crossoverless, Multipanel, (ESL) Electrostatic loudspeaker. - Frequency Response: 40-20.000 Hz ± 3dB
- Horizontal Dispersion: 35 degrees
- Vertical Dispersion: 150 cm line source
- High Frequency Transducer: 120×14 cm electrostatic transducer (200-20.000 Hz)
- Low Frequency Transducer: 2 speakers 140×16 cm dipole electrostatic transducer
- Sensitivity: 83 dB/2.83 volts/2 meter
- Impedance: 4 ohms, 1,5 at 20 kHz
- Recommended amplifier power: 25w-300watts per channel
- Recommended amplifier damping factor: 25 or higher
- Crossover components: No crossover components
- Inputs: Custom binding posts
- Weight: 26kg each
- Dimensions: 153 cm × 68 cm × 5/33 cm
Thank you for looking and please feel free to call me.
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