Casting my mind back, I recall that listening to new speakers ‘straight out of the box’ can be a disappointing experience. Without exception, the musical presentation of every recent speaker I’ve owned initially sounds thin, peaky, lacking fullness, body and weight. Basically, YUCK!
Empirically knowing this to be the case, I now have faith that things will change, and only for the better. My wife, who has a very discerning ear, is definitely ‘on it’ from the first note she heard with the new ANE’s; Oh no, that just doesn’t sound right, in fact it sounds awfully’. For your ears, I’ve missed out the Anglo Saxon expletives she used. I do my best to convince her that things will eventually sound as they should. I try to assure her that it’s just a matter of getting ‘there’, which can be a painfully up and down journey, a continual ‘one step forward’ and ‘three steps back’! Strange how what sounded promising yesterday has completely gone ‘West’ today, only to return tomorrow or the day after. The cycle then repeats itself until eventually, perhaps after weeks, it’s hey ho, ‘this is more like it’!
It’s not a level playing field really to compare ANJ’s and ANE’s. Both are similar in some respects though also exhibit very different qualities in other respects. Better or worse just doesn’t come into it. Different they are, so it all comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer J’s over E’s. I read recently that Bob Neil, a Positive Feedback reviewer prefers ANK’s over both J’s and E’s. There you go.
Having owned many pairs of ANJ’s and ANE’s, I’ve yet to hear any other make of domestically friendly speaker that present music in such a convincing manner. I’m sure however that many other brands deliver music in a similar way - I just haven’t come across them, nor heard them. Great thing is: we’re not looking.
Both the above AN variants (in this case LX) when fully run in, do ‘scale’ in a way I still find almost unbelievable, and considering their size, especially The ANJ’s. ANE’s do scale, which can catch one out, and to my ears, quite shockingly so! I think sub 50Hz bass is fundamental in providing a solid foundation to overall presentation. ANJ’s dig deep without the need of a subwoofer. ANE’s do better - they go seismic!
It is a privilege to own two pair of Audio Note speakers. There isn’t room for two pairs of speakers in the listening room. The J’s have been boxed up, much to my wife’s displeasure, as they are her very favourite speaker of all time! I think I have more convincing to do.
Having said that, we are still only at the beginning of weeks and weeks of back and forth, running in The E’s. No pain, no gain. Fingers crossed!