I finally have gotten my EW Andra's hooked up. Pure bliss!
I feel as if I am hearing my music collection for the first time. These speakers are nothing short of spectacular in the midrange and high frequencies. The microdynamics are as good as it gets IMHO. Nothing, and I repeat nothing sounds constrained.
I am waitng for my ML 336 to get back from having its caps replaced, currently my Adcom 555 is driving them. I feel the Bass region could be better, but that could very well be attributed to the Adcom.
One of the great things about these speakers are the fact that they are a sealed enclosure which makes it not so critical as far as positioning from the rear wall. Another thing was positioning them. While they are a bit of a task to position at 250lbs. per speaker, I found that I didn't have to move them that much to achieve the proper soundstage.
Imaging was increased three-fold whereas the JBL's required me to have to sit in one spot, the Andra's give the flexibility to move about the room with no adverse affects on the sounstage.
Rock music such as Pink Floyd's Animals, DSOTM, and even the Live Pulse CD had twice if not more inner detail than the JBL's and the "shoutiness" totally disappered. This was most notable on the Live Pulse CD which suprised me.
Jazz recordings are where the Andra's really shine. Pat Metheny's studio and Live recordings are nothing short of sublime. Pat's Gibson ES-175 shimmers on Works I and II. The Live CD entitled, "The Road to You." is my favorite. The Andra's take the live event and puts it right in my listening room. EVERY nuance of the percussion instruments come through with precision and if you know Pat's music like I do, you know he utilizes many different types of percussion.
Classical music sounded great all around. No issues here.
I am completely happy with these speakers. Of course, coming from listening to JBL's for a number of years, ANY upgrade would have been a much improvement. Not to take anything away from JBL, its just that the equipment has far surpassed the technology of the vintage JBL L-80T's. I still love the JBL's for sentimental reasons. Never sell them.
If these sound as good as they do now, I can only imagine what they will sound like if not totally disappear with the 336. Can't wait!