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ENIGMAcoustics's Sopranino Super•tweeters

ENIGMAcoustics's Sopranino Super•tweeters
ENIGMAcoustics's Sopranino Super•tweeters

One of the things that is fun about working in a specialty audio shop is that we get to play with all of the cool toys. During the last couple of years we have been extremely impressed by the EnigmAcoustics Dharma D1000 Headphones ($1190), and Mythology M1 Hybrid speakers ($13690/pr), which incorporate the Sopranino Supertweeters, and are wonderful, and absolute sound-staging champs. But what about the EnigmAcoustics Sopranino Super-tweeters ($3690/pr) themselves?  We decided to get a set in for our Library.

I took the EnigmAcoustics Sopranino's home, primarily to break them in before sending them out for evaluation. This is where it gets interesting. My speakers are a highly regarded large bookshelf that already incorporates an integrated super-tweeter. Because of this I was not expecting huge improvements - after all my speakers already have super-tweeters.

First, the setup and adjustments were easy.

I was expecting that maybe the very high frequencies would be somewhat better. Cymbals, triangles, the blat from horns; yes all of these were better. The surprise was that just as a quality subwoofer (like REL) ends up improving the imaging and ambiance retrieval far above its operating area, the Sopranino improved the same characteristics far below its operating area. Better midrange, sound stage, even bass?

After three weeks of extensive listening it was time to remove the Sopranino's. I knew that they would be missed, but not how much. They improved the imaging and the tone of instruments by a significant degree. Upon their removal the speakers high frequencies, which had previously been more than acceptable to me, were now somehow less: less realistic, less engaging.

Now the other edge of the sword - one of the bad things about working in a specialty audio shop: it's that we get to play with all of the cool toys, and once we hear how good our systems can sound it is difficult to go back.

The EnigmAcoustics Sopranino Super-tweeters are now available for home trial through our Lending Library. You should check these out at home. A truly exceptional addition to any high quality audio system.

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