I have been a musician for 40 years, professional for 25 so I know what every instrument sounds like in the real world and I play 11 instrumerns at a high level, exotic ones like Japanese shakuhachi flute, Turkish saz, Colombian tiple, and I play guitar and sing, I do rock, blues, reggae, calypso, oldies, etc. I know music inside and out and these are the best speakers I have ever heard hands down. I’ve also recorded in the studio and done tons of home recording so I am a recording engineer and with these speakers every instrument sits in the mix perfectly, just the way the engineer recorded it, it’s unreal how accurate they are. And as a musicain and engineer I understand what a mix is better than a non musician -I've mixed many many songs in the last 40 years, and my ears are perfect, I hear what's on the recording the way it was intended to be heard.The soundstage is perfect also, wide and deep. I had the Grand Veenas--awesome speakers and I had the Tekton Double Impact SEs, even better, but they do not copmpare to the s. I’ve had them just shy of two months and every time I listen to them I shake my head in awe. They do everything right, I feel they are totally neutral, they do not add or take anything away from the music. I listen to albums I’ve been listening to for 35-40 years, Sabbath, Zep, Floyd, etc, and it’s almost like listening to them for the first time, it’s amazing and astounding. I like my system to sound natural, like real music which is why I hate Krell, Magico, and Wilson, they do not sound natural, they sound cold and analytical which is the opposite of good sound. I could go on and on but I won’t just get them you will not regret it. And if someone thinks these are not amazing speakers they don’t have good ears it’s that simple. These are objectively incredible speakers. Read more here.
"These unassuming speakers may be the best on the market today." (barany/Audiogon)
Feedback is coming in. So how does the Model 100 stack up against some highly regarded speakers?
Tekton Design Ulfberht:
The Model 100 has better bass, loads the room better, better tonality, and better imaging:
"The bass was great on the Tektons but the bass on these is otherworldy, it's the best I've heard."
"...this speaker (Model 100) was much better than the Tekton ULFS..." (barany/Audiogon)
The Model 100 has similar tonality but better imaging and way better dynamics:
"I still think of them as Harbeth 40.2 with "balls." If you know what Harbeths offer regarding color/tonality and imaging, the Model 100 has these qualities with even betteer dynamics and deep low end extension."
Omnidirectional MBL Radialstrahler E101 MK II
Similar imaging, better dynamics:
"...the Model 100 demonstrated one of its special qualities by how it could replicate the original time/space with wrap-around holographic immersion for a you-are-there sense that was greater than I ever experienced from a box speaker. The only times previously I heard this was from a pair of omnidirectional MBL Radialstrhler E1O1 MKII so yes, I'm talking soundstaging." (Terry London, 6moons)
"These unassuming speakers may be the best on the market today. This company has been has been in business for the last thirty years and it is incredable that they have flown so far under the radar! This status is about to change with this speaker!" (latest comment by barany on audiogon.com)
In other developments we upgraded the Model 100 subwoofer amplifier to a class AB 250 watts RMS amplifier that has switchable 120/240 voltage without increasing the price. The Model 100 is currently available in sapele and natural birch plywood cabinets as well as satin black with natural cherry MDF cabinets. Custom finishes are available at extra cost. We are now shipping Model 100s in sapele cabinets and black with natural cherry cabinets in one to two weeks.
"...the Model 100 demonstrated ... how it coud replicate the original time/space with wrap-around holographic emersion for a you-are-there sense that was greater than I have ever experienced from a box speaker. The only times previously that I heard this was from a pair of omnidirectional MBL Radialstrahler E101 Mk11..." (Terry London, 6moons)
Can a three driver compact loudspeaker outperform monolith multidriver speakers? Sometimes less is more. Just how good is the NSMT Model 100? Follow the discussion on Audiogon by some of those who have heard the Model 100 at reviewer Terry London's home:
"They are the best speaker I have heard over there by far."
"I still think of them as Harbeth 40.2 with 'balls.'"
"...massive bottom end power that blends perfectly."
"The imaging of these speakers is staggering."
“...purity/beauty of the colors/tonality in the mid-range...”
“...the sheer overall power of the speaker and the deep and accurate killer bass...”
“...They really are wonderful in their ability to transport one to the performance with their amazing imaging.”
“Great for any genre of music.”
“ I found myself getting lost in the music and having many goose bump moments as I listened to familiar tracks.”
Hear the Model 100 now at Audioarchon.
A big welcome to Mike Kay's Audio Archon as our Chicago area dealer. Soon you will be able to hear for yourself what all the excitement about the Model 50/Jamaica and the Model 100 is about at Audio Archon.