Just got done with some travel and had a chance to catch up. The Esoteric review killed me!
"Although my review samples had been used at audio shows, Esoteric's Mark Garvey warned me that they'd need further break in....yada yada yada."
First, Esoteric is in the habit of demoing speakers that they are aware are not yet sounding their best?
I wonder how they could solve that problem? Jeez. Did that make anyone else wonder? Does Esoteric, like, not really give a shit? "Aw, it's just for a show. Screw it."
But wait! Apparently they do know the answer to solve the conundrum of speaker break-in: "...Accordingly, he sent me the Isotek Full System Enhancer & Rejuvination Disc, which he feels cuts the total break-in time by almost two thirds..."
If only Mark Garvey had solved that riddle before the speakers were used for show demos!
More importantly..."The sound was a little on the lightweight side at first, but after several treatments with the Isotek CD, the lower frequencies were more usefully fleshed out..."
Man, if only someone with some measuring equipment had been around for that transformation!
Imagine, an un-broken-in high end speaker, straight from the manufacturer's use of that un-broken-in speaker that was nevertheless used to demonstrate to the world how good that speaker sounded, with the manufacturer apparently knowing how to break it in and thereby make it sound better (for the show,) but never bothered to, who later tells a reviewer that the same speaker needed more break in in order to sound better, and having an actual repeatably dependable break-in source (the break in CD) that he sends to said reviewer, who then comments about the sonic effectiveness of the break in process...all without one sweep of a meter to look and see what may actually be happening!
That would have been killer to see the before and after curves!
You Maniacs! You didn't measure break in! Ah, damn you! Damn you all to hell!