A clear favourite
I've had the Scenario for a couple of years now. Proof of the pudding with speakers is whether they keep inviting you to listen to them again and again. I have various hifi set ups at home and have experimented with a variety of speakers (quads, wharfedale, acoustic energy, leema, mission, yamaha, usher etc etc) Among all that I have and have tried, the scenarios have proven themselves keepers. So many speakers impose a character and prefer certain types of music over others. The scenarios may not plumb the depths as some floor standing speakers can do but they deliver musicality with most everything I try them with. They also go deeper more convincingly than any moderate sized standmount I've tried. I also find enough bass to enjoy classical music with them. Opera can sound sensational as they're so good with voices. The imaging is lovely - not as deep a soundstage as some speakers, but wide and high with a natural feel to the delivery. The woofer integrates beautifully with the panel, treble just floats; not artificially as some tweeters can sound, but with a sense of hearing a note delivered by a real instrument. With the volume turned up, the soundstage expands and they stay composed pretty well. Where they also perform excellently is at lower - for which read 'nighttime' levels. When others are asleep, you can still hear haunting music at lower levels. Many speakers need to be ramped up before they start performing. Not so the Scenarios. I haven't heard other electrostatics so can't claim to be an authority, but, for me, whereas conventional speakers seem to pump music into the room, the Scenarios seem to float it. Notes of music sound effortless and real, with wonderful placement left to right on the soundstage. And the speaker will turn on a sixpence when the dynamics shift. Of course, all this is subjective and so much depends on synergy of hifi components. But as I said at the outset, the acid test is does a speaker invite you to listen again and again. The Scenarios do. They're capable of sounding beautiful and are so adept at getting out of the way of the music.