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Old 09-22-2015, 10:09 PM
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Can't wait to hear them! You have my number; Call when ready!
I'll be in touch Soon Steve.
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I've actually not had the opportunity to hear the Sophia's.
My bad. I meant Sabrina (not Sophia). I must have been thinking about Sopra unconsciously. lol
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I have to admit, regardless of how smitten I was during the extensive interviews, there was occasionally a touch of brightness that bothered me. So I was a bit unsettled with my decision after ordering them two weeks ago.

So let me say off the top, any brightness I had encountered at the dealers was not to be heard in my home.

From the very first notes emitted the clarity and feathery highs amazed me. The transparency I heard was among the best I've heard. I've heard a lot of very good speakers. One of the last speakers on my list were the Wilson Sabrina's and Sasha's. I like that sound. What I wasn't as prepared for was the incredibly full, taut and energetic bass. Very very nice. Punchy without a hint of bloat.

Another term I didn't expect to use in defining these speakers is smooth and sweet. But boy are they ever...smooth and sweet!

They played all with great composure while being very, very ,fast, crisp and lively. Amazing! I rarely have offered my thoughts on new speakers in this much detail, but after what I have heard today, I felt compelled to share my enthusiasm for the Electra 1038be. These are very special speakers. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to experience extremely fast, crisp, accurate speakers. I think this is going to be a long love affair. Oh yeah..pics are coming.
Thanks for the update. Congrats and happy for you.
I can't stress it enough to do give them >500 hr of break-in (last few hundred hours is mainly for the tweeters) despite your very positive initial impressions. My experience has been that there'd be ups and downs during the break-in. Wholeheartedly agree 1038's not only sound great, they look awesome. I have them in basalt.

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Old 09-23-2015, 01:48 PM
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And the last one... Hehe
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:45 PM
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Thanks for the assist Joey.
Steve you and Joey should come by together in a couple of weeks. Should be about time to spike them.
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:05 PM
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My bad. I meant Sabrina (not Sophia). I must have been thinking about Sopra unconsciously. lol
Understand KZ
I like them better than the Sabrina's and I loved the Sabrina's. A few things;
Bass is much much better-quicker without any overhang. They play much louder without any strain. The Sabrina's didn't seem to like being pushed as much. Again I loved the Sabrina's but they weren't as flexible as the 1038's. The Sabrina's never sounded bad by any means, but some stuff sounded considerably better than others. Whatever I throw at the Focals is met with unflinching resolve. I haven't found a genre they don't like. They are a bit livelier than the Sabrina's. Those looking for wallflower speakers should keep shopping. For me that is a great thing. Today my ancient Stevie Wonder Musiquarium and Who's, Whos Next sounded like they were remastered. They weren't. High quality masters like JT's October Road was unreal.
I also busted through the soundstage today. Very tall, broad and deep. More so than the Sabrina's.
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Glad you like them, I really enjoy my 1038's and they seem to work well with any music I throw at them.
Mine seemed to get a tad better after about 20 hours of play time, but that could just be phsyco acoustics
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