Last week, I picked up a used pair of Hales Transcendence 8's to go with my Revelation 3's, and I must say that I'm thrilled with both of these speakers systems. I've owned the Rev. 3's for eight years now--the longest I've owned any audio component--and I expect I'll have the T 8's for just as long.
Over the last few years I've heard the Wilson Sophias, B & W Nautilus 802's, Revel's of various pedigree and some Martin Logan's. And I say that none of them were/are a match for the Transcendence 8's. Indeed, the Revelation 3's would give many of the above models a tough time. And both the Trans. 8's and Rev. 3's are at least six years old.
The point I'm trying to make is that Paul Hales was an excellent speaker designer. The fact that his company went out of business gulls me to this day. Does anyone know whatever became of him? Is there any chance that he might give the high end another try?
Also, if their are any Transcendence 8 owners out there, I would appreciate some technical info regarding these speaker's rated sensitivity, impedence, and their weight (unboxed).