I began my audio obsession with a simple 2-way. Then I wanted a bigger sound as 2-way can never reproduce the full range that is needed for orchestral music. I have gone through many 3-way and 4-way designs. They surely sound much bigger, but somewhere along the path, the intimacy of a well engineered 2-way is lost.
Last night, I packed up the main modules of the Maestro S as Karl has once again come up with an upgrade that is said to further improve the overall performance of the Maestro S. After 15 minutes, I had the two main modules, weighing over 100lbs in two carton boxes. And as a temporary solution, I took off the center CRM in my HT setup and a spare CRM and put them on my Taobao-acquired, height adjustable speaker stands.
The CRM sounded just fantastic. They were actually better than the Maestro S in some ways, including their slightly less forward, more relaxed presentation. There is a level of coherence that a multi-way design simply cannot approach.
It is ironic. I have always craved for a bigger sound, but it is the smaller sound that I find more comfortable with.