Label: Lilium Records - LLMR-054 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic • Style: Happy Hardcore, Hard House, Dubstep, Electro, Progressive Trance, Drum n Bass
The most rapid passages, where the violins and piano seem to be skittering across the music like a rock rapidly skimming a pond, were captured without a hint of blur.
The music simply appeared to become more intelligible—the timbre of the original instruments, the sudden swells in dynamics, which in Disaster - Various - Lilium X3 case of Beethoven can be quite a tohubohu. Rather than individual notes being hurled at you by the loudspeakers, you get violins drenched with rich harmonic Disaster - Various - Lilium X3 and a real feel for the continuity of the music.
This came through not simply on voice but in the aforementioned accuracy of string bowing. On another of my favorite CDs, a Carlos Kleiber recording of Johann Strauss waltzes, the various sections of the orchestra were rendered with a luxurious, cashmere-like sheen.
At the same time, the speakers are capable of switching from a seductive, lush sound to whiplash speed. The sheer nimbleness of the Lilium, much like the Dynaudio Evidence Platinum loudspeakers I reviewed inis a pleasure to behold. When you have the smaller driver complement featured in a loudspeaker like the Lilium, the box just seems to disappear beautifully. Not to the degree of the Magnepan 3. But the Lilium comes darn close. When it comes to tonal color and bloom, the Lilium lands somewhat on the cooler side of the musical spectrum, which is obviously quite a contrast to its forebears.
Disaster - Various - Lilium X3 may be more sensitive to this than some, as it may partly be a consequence of its somewhat more diminutive presentation when compared to my reference Wilson Alexandria XLF loudspeakers, which are coupled with a pair of Hammer of Thor subwoofers and move a lot more air. Indeed I was somewhat surprised by the effortlessly loud presentation of the Lilium. Images are extremely precise. I found that the new Transparent Opus Gen 5 interconnects and loudspeaker cable, which offer a deep and defined bass sound, mated best with the E-Fight (Gedankenrasen Remix) - Various - Körperschall Remixed.
Volume 2. Indeed, overall I welcomed the attributes of the Transparent, which emphasize a holistic and musical sound, when mated with the Lilium. The bass performance of the Lilium aims at speed and transparency, not refulgence, doing a heroic job of integrating the bass region with the mids and treble. It could easily have been a sonic mess. But the speed and punch of the bass ensure that the overall sound is cut from the same sonic cloth.
The Lilium is clearly not the final station for Sonus faber, which is evolving in a new direction. At these dizzying prices, I hesitate to call it the sweet spot of loudspeakers, but then again, there are a lot of other loudspeakers, including the Aida, that go considerably north of them. As always, when listening Kung Fu Part 1 - Lee Perry, Various - Wizdom 1971-1975 a new loudspeaker, there are powerful reasons for reassessing preconceived notions when it comes to price and performance.
For some, the Lilium will seem stupendously expensive—for others, not expensive enough. There is no dispositive answer to the conundrums posed by various loudspeakers. What the Lilium offers when contrasted with such products is another degree of refinement harnessed to dynamic speed and power. Is it a bargain? Driver complement: 11" passive radiator, 7" woofers x37" midrange, 1" tweeter Crossover frequencies: 80Hz, Hz, 2.
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