The Absolute Sound has published their High End Audio Buyer’s Guide 2016, listing the components the reviewers would buy themselves or suggest to their families, friends and colleagues. Estelon X Diamond and Estelon XB amongst them.
X Diamond – “Highly transparent and detailed (ceramic drivers have never wanted for resolution), with exceptionally fast, tight, well-resolved, and deep-reaching bass and, as noted, the best treble this side of a ribbon (with a better disappearing act than most beryllium/titanium/etc. tweeters), the X Diamond contends manfully for JV’s large, full-range, dynamic-loudspeaker Palme d’or.” Reviewed by Jonathan Valin in issue 228
XB – “The Estelon Xb is all about style—both the aesthetic and musical variety. The speaker, like all Estelons, has one of the most sensuous silhouettes on the market. But the Xb also features resolution so extraordinary, timbres so richly fleshed-out, and imaging so stellar that it can take the listener beyond engagement with the music to engagement with the hearts, minds, and style of the players behind the music. Alan Taffel sums up the Estelon Xb as a rare component that forges a rare listener connection.” Reviewed by Alan Taffel in Issue 255.