Sonist's Affordable High-Sensitivity Loudspeakers
Sonist of Studio City, CA was touting the premier of the Recital 3 all-wood floorstanders ($2195/pair), with a lower-price black textured finish model ($1795/pair) also available. . Featuring a 6" woofer and ribbon tweeter, the 8 ohm speaker has 93dB sensitivity, and a frequency response of 45Hz40kHz. Audience and Cardas parts point to high quality. Shown next to the larger Concerto 3 ($4195/pair with all-wood cabinets, otherwise $3495 and reviewed by Art Dudley in April 2009), the Recital 3 is an 8 ohm, 95dB-sensitivity speaker with a frequency response of 30Hz40kHz. Current production of the Concerto 3 has fixed the cabinet resonance problem JA found in our review.
With their source a Cary 306 Pro SACD-CD player ($8000) and two diminutive, single-ended Glow amps, the 5Wpc Amp One ($684) on the Concerto 3 and the prototype 7Wpc, 822 ($795) on the Recital 3, the system did a good job with low volume, less complex music. I wish I could have heard the Sonists with their usual coupling, the wonderful deHavilland amps.