These loudspeakers give absolute listening pleasure, one feels like one’s in a concert hall. The musicians are palpable in the room. An unparalleled experience!
The loudspeakers provide room-filling acoustics that conjure up a perfect concert hall atmosphere for the listener, be it the crystal-clear reproduction, without shrillness, of an extremely high violin passage, or a rich, full-bodied and sensual bass pizzicato.
What is impressive in the listening experience is not only the brilliance and spatial distribution of the sound, but also the selectivity and audibility of the characteristic acoustics of particular instruments, especially in classical music. If you listen with your eyes closed, you may be a little disappointed when you open your eyes and realize that you are not actually sitting opposite the orchestra with soloists in a concert hall, but in front of a hi-fi system!
The Grand Enigma creates an authentic image of a concert hall. The soundstage depth and imaging of individual instrument groups are clearly perceptible. Even the very difficult reproduction of a double bass is portrayed with a rapid impulse speed, without any discoloration.
You sit there and you don’t believe your ears: Wow, you’re discovering your old CDs anew. It is the next closest thing to the experience of a life concert. What was previously not even possible using professional headphones is far exceeded by these speakers. They open up a new era of listening experience.
After years of searching, I finally found my speakers. As a musician, I value concert-like reproduction of acoustic instruments. The Grand Enigma also fulfils my need for a spacious image presentation entirely free of boxiness, like no other speaker.
On the Grand Enigma:
The spot-on colour rendition of instruments and voices, the unbelievably correct tonality (a violin sounds like a violin, a guitar like a guitar) and the spatial image have left a lasting impression on me. Based upon my experiences with numerous speakers, I can only say that so much has been done extremely well here. I heard the speakers fed and driven by Heed Audio electronics. Close your eyes and surrender to the sound, which makes you want to keep on listening to music for hour after hour.
On the Antonio Stradivari:
Only the music remains. You’re in the middle of it, in the ensemble of the musicians, as real as on a concert stage. The silence is silence, the music is absolutely authentic and exudes the tonal sumptuousness and immediacy of live performers. My long listening experience tells me that we have a very rare gem here. Integrated in audio equipment of adequate technical and sonic attributes, music is truly amazing with these speakers. No matter what we listened to at our session – classical music, jazz, acoustic pop, rock and world music – everything came across as immediate and thrilling.
The result is impressive. The interaction of the components sets up a large stage in front of the listener. The concert by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, recorded live, is a prime example of how music in all its facets can be reproduced in a transparent and musical manner. The listener gets the impression of being right in the middle of the performance, the location of the individual instrument groups with their voices is extremely detailed. The space in which the recording was made becomes tangible, perceptible. It is terrific how the solo instrument – here the violin in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – stands out, elevating itself above the orchestral sound.
The great breath of classical music can be directly felt with the combination of Grand Enigma and HEED. The reproduction of my instrument, the clarinet, is ample and absolutely real in Weinberg’s rarely played concerto.