Lowther Almira Loudspeaker £12,000 Review

January 10, 2023 Comments Off on Lowther Almira Loudspeaker £12,000 Review


Rawls’ and Dianne Reeves’ voices retained much of their correct textures, hers clear and his raspy, but the absence of deep bass created an imbalance. It was more like listening to a small two-way speaker, despite ample levels which would destroy such systems. Yes, these go loud, but even with plenty of volume in hand I didn’t even bother to try and see how far I could go. It reminded me why horns were the default choice for cinemas back in an era when 5W amplifiers were considered powerhouses.

What caused enough concern to make me question the voicing of the Almira was the Platinum SHM CD of Blind Faith’s lone, self-titled album [Polydor Japan UICY-40013]. As trivial as this may seem, it was the simple cymbal crash that punctuates ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’, a specific crunch which sounded papery rather than metallic. That version of Blind Faith is one of the best I’ve heard, and my trusty Marantz CD12/DA12 in balanced mode is as sweet as CD sound gets. Not this time.

Covering the supertweeter to see if it was responsible merely proved that it added little to the sound. The edginess came from the main driver, making me wonder if the phase plug should be returned to its rightful place, and the LPFRCB removed. One suspects that Chave, Voigt and the rest knew exactly what they were doing a few lifetimes ago.


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