Stereophile—Herb's Friday at the NYAS
Ok: I felt I owed Nicole He and the ESD Acoustic people a second chance. I first heard their large, complex Dragon five-way horn system at High End Munich 2018. They had spent money on two-story-high banners scatted everywhere—but their room was a very small glass enclosure on the main floor, and the sound was not commensurate with the price of the gear.
In Munich, I listened to a variety of Chinese and European compositions, and I'm sorry to say I had trouble finding much sonic or musical merit. Transients were fast, but seemed disembodied. The system struggled to register accurate tone. Vocals were brittle and sometimes piercing. Frequency balance seemed off-kilter. Today, here in NYC, ESD had the biggest, most r e l a x e d, most natural, uncolored sound I heard—in any room. By comparison, in other rooms, there were ported loudspeakers that sounded more colored and obtrusive. Bravo ESD!
译文：在慕尼黑展会上，我听了一系列的中国和欧洲的曲目，但非常遗憾很难找到什么音质上或是音乐上的优点。瞬态虽快，但似乎脱节了。系统难以呈现精准的腔调，人声是散的而且有时候刺耳，整个频响上也不平衡。而今天在纽约，隐士音响有着我听过最宏大，最 放 松（原文带空格表强调），最自然，毫无音染的声音。相比之下，其他展房里都是些鼓风机般的喇叭，听起来音染交织和充满压迫感。大赞了，隐士音响！