When used as intended, in a smallish room at moderate playback levels, the X-1 is nothing short of stunning. The treble resolution, transient performance, sound staging, liquidity, smoothness, ease, and freedom from etching are world-class speaker. The X-1’s reproduction of the human voice, in particular, is uncannily realistic. The X-1’s treble is simply gorgeous—a description rarely applied to a loudspeaker’s top end. But there’s no other word for it. It’s also smooth, liquid, and completely free from etching and grain. Moreover, the treble is beautifully integrated with the upper-mids, sounding like an extension of the musical fabric rather than an appendage to it. Despite this ease through the upper octaves, the X-1 resolves extremely fine detail. It is like a microscope on the music, but not in an analytical way. The presentation of detail as much as you hear it in life—richly textured and nuanced yet relaxed and refined. Similarly, transient information is presented with startling alacrity but, again, without the artificial edge that often passes for “speed.” The ribbon tweeter rendered delicate cymbal work with a lifelike realism that few speakers, regardless of price, could manage.
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