Got to spend some time with the new Mini HIlls...Ferguson Hill FH007/8.
It's a three way system with an active woofer and seperate tweeter/mid enclosures. The tweeters are similar to their big brothers, the FH001, in that they are open baffle - which kind of fits my own taste for planar/dipole speakers.
They come with their own little 'integrated amp,' so all they require is a source. We played with several, and they were quite accommodating.
They do 'space' very well. Shockingly well for a 933.00 (at today's conversion rates) set up, including electronics. Plug in a source and you are complete.
If you like the Oppo or Marantz digital players that are currently flying around the marketplace, under 1300 bucks for plug and play!
The woofer integrates very well and is very quick sounding. It really did the dial in and disappear trick.
On Eno's "This" from "Another Day on Earth," the woofer and midranges integrated seamlessly. When out of sight, the woofer was aurally and visually invisible. The woofer has a variable crossover and output, and we kept the crossover in the 100HZ range, with the woofer centered beneath the speakers.
It also did that trick of being better than expected - I kept thinking that the sound shouldn't be that good.
I had an initial concern that the separate mid and tweeter units might be difficult to integrate, but they were quite happy just being near each other. With regard to placing the mids vis a vis the tweeters, we compared 'inside' (medial) vs. 'outside' (lateral) for the mids and liked 'inside' better.
They sounded like units from the same cabinet.
The speakers come with their own amplification, and the only control is on/off volume.
These babies get the details right, and image like mo-fo