Stenheim • Reference Ultime Loudspeakers $195,000 Review

August 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Which in turn raises the question, what price the active option? Bearing in mind that the switch to the active version of the Reference Ultime involves far more than simply shelling out extra to buy the crossover itself — you need to double up on your main amplifier, as well as add a couple of levels of equipment support and some extra cables. It’s far from a straightforward or affordable option. So what does it deliver — more of the same or something different — and does it risk throwing the baby out with the technological and conceptual bath water? After all, given that the Reference Ultime passive is built around the concept of topological simplicity, doesn’t adding all that extra hardware rather undermine that philosophy?”

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