They start a family! That's what happens.
As I was saying… Yes, I picked up a pair of original CA's a couple weeks ago, not the Plat's that I understand you own. Maybe I’ll work my way up later, but meanwhile...
Initial impression…. They are so effin musical it's ridiculous. For the past two weeks they’ve been peeling back layers of music, revealing things I never knew existed in recordings I’ve heard countless times. I’ve been slack jawed on numerous occasions.
The only disappointment to date was a listen to Time Out. Brubeck's piano was breaking up some during the sharper attacks in “Blue Rondo…”. But the rest was very nice. For a while I was afraid I’d bought an imminent Kaptan issue, but I haven't heard evidence of it since.
I think my Maggies are a tad better for acoustic, small ensembles, e.g., jazz and chamber music, where there's not a great deal of bass involved. And I still like my SRS's for some rock and HT, but the CA's are the best all purpose speaker in the house right now and they are definitely my Symphony speakers. With two exceptions they consistently put every instrument right where it belongs. Only the tympani and a woodblock seem to wander down right front when they should be right rear. But I'm pretty sure I don't have the CA’s optimized yet position-wise, and they probably won’t be until I set up a 2 ch room. Also I’ve not hooked in the Sonic Holography unit as yet.
But as an example of the detail of which these rascals are capable, on my recording of Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”, during the oboe solo I could hear the caps on the oboe popping open an instant before the note began. I played the segment three times before I realized WTH I was hearing. Just astounding. The flip side is I’ve also heard flaws in the recording I’ve never heard before, but I’ll take this bit of bad for all of the good I am hearing.
One curious thing I have noticed is that the CA’s seem to require a warm up period. They have pretty much been on all waking hours for the past two weeks. After a night’s rest, they seem to need a half hour or so to really open up. Wonder if you have a similar experience?
Anyway, I love them. They are most welcome in my house.
I am attaching a photo below of the new kids with a proud Papa in the background. I think I’ll mate them again… :D