Quite a number of years ago i searched for some Angstrom speakers (https://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthreads.php/topics/16404/Re_Another_good_budget_speaker
) and landed with the Legatos bought used.
There isn't much info to be found online anymore but some notes on the Angstrom Legatos are listed here in this old ad:https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649177625-angstrom-legato/The Legatos are solid, compact enclosures measuring 17.8cm x 35 cm x 26.5cm (7”x14”x10”) ...They are available in solid cherry and cherry veneer over three quarter inch MDF with Angstrom’s unique Acoustic-roc front baffle.
The cabinets have rounded corners and boast a hand-polished finish. They come with removable grilles...
...the enclosures are compact, featuring a 5 inch Angstrom designed woofer.
Its cone is a woven Kevlar material, known for its strength, flexibility and density.
The cone’s surround is butyl and it operates in a cast aluminum basket with double venting.
A solid aluminum phase plug is centered in the cone. Incidentally, this is the same driver used in the previously reviewed $3,900 Obbligatos.
The 1 inch coated tweeter is made in Denmark (Vifa). Its diaphragm is made of fabric and silk.
It’s ferrofluid cooled and features an enclosed rear chamber. ...
On the enclosures’ rear, Angstrom uses a flared, tuned port which is terminated flush with the cabinet. This reduces turbulence and eliminates port noise.
The Legatos can be bi-wired or bi-amplified and Angstrom recommends that the Legatos be at least bi-wired. The four terminals on each enclosure are gold plated, five way binding posts machined from solid brass.
A few words about the Acoustic-roc used in this design. It’s formulated from 70% St. Laurent cement and 30% cellulose fibre and is three quarter inch thick. Employed here to overcome resonance problems with which all enclosures are plagued, the material virtually eliminates vibration and it also acts as a resonance isolation barrier in this design (Acoustic-roc is also used in the Obbligato design,
I’ve had these Angstroms for about 7 years but have long wanted to get some Monitor Audio speakers after hearing them many years ago. Problem is a few things like where would i put them? Cost, etc. I eventually decided on getting the bookshelf versions instead of floorstanders.
From an audio perspective, i found the floorstanders to be a bit bassy and LONG pondered what they might be like as a three way design instead of 2.5. Presently MA does sell three way design units but not for their bookshelf speakers.
Possibly my panacea is a 3 way bookshelf, maybe Kef?The Comparison Review:
Speakers were switched using A/B (not blind). I checked for level matching and the speakers were within 1dB using pink noise as the reference. The location of the speakers were in my office so there may be slight differences in the stereo presentation which i tried to ignore when listening for sound characteristics, but the stereo presentation was relatively minor. I was not trying to evaluate soundstage.Angstrom Legatos
–still the King of Anemic Clarity
-clear midrange, accurate, sometimes sharp, harsh and sibilant like treble set too high
-bass is anemic, punchy with hard kickdrum but no oomph
-vocals clear, sharp but sometimes sound a bit hollow, natural
-everything is so precise you can almost hear each driver on its own, not as blended together well a sound
-far better for acoustic performancesMonitor Audio Gold 50s
-Immersive depth of sound field with weight
–midrange more suppressed, less detail, smooth
-bass has oomph, as much as MA I remember, overpowers the midrange a bit, blurs out details
-tweeter is nice, smooth, more seamless integration with bass, makes the overall sound have more depth all around
-definitely a step up from the R1s
-better for low volume music, warmer sound, more complex music where cannot hear minute details