Broad corduroys and Tweed jacket with elbow patches optional. That's what an invite to a Puls party might read. With their magnetically affixed authentic Fender-cloth grills and delivered Oak veneer, the loaner Puls pair didn't just whisper it but forcefully shouted vintage BBC monitor. Having myself gotten into the hifi act in the American colonies in the late 90s, I'd completely bypassed any personal encounters with this breed. Until now. I knew exactly what my wife's raised eyebrows signified once I'd unpeeled the first bubble-wrap protected box with Cecil Beerbohm still present. Such deliberate cosmetic anachronism is bound to polarize. Our household simply found itself 180° out of phase with it to cancel fully.

Obviously such reactions are purely personal. Given the very likely mating of the Puls to lower-powered tube amps many of which delight in similarly retro styling, Id' expect that a large percentage of prospective Puls candidates should really embrace its look. Besides Oak, there's also Zebrano and Macassar; and Walnut with black lacquer baffle. Stock grill options are Havanna Beige and Anthracite Black fabric. Cecil also hinted at a 'hot-rodded' version with upgraded parts and pure silver wiring but didn't have a precise breakdown on hand. He would, he said, begin work on translating their still German-only website into English shortly. Given that our readers are English speakers, that seemed a good and timely idea.

Joachim: "Yes, the pair I made for you is very retro. Most of my customers are getting older. Anyway, I think the sound is not. One difference to the BBC monitors is that our baffle is flat and the driver counter-sunk so there is not much diffraction on the edges. The back plate is not flat with the edge. That effectively stiffens the back like in a T carrier. Also, the screws in the back are more tightened and have double spring washers so the front plate is suspended softer and the back plate stiffer. This design is about acoustical damping and not so much about 'pushing the resonance upwards'. The light and damped structure does not store much energy. With the cloth on, the sound is a bit more warm and benign but it does not loose space and focus. That could be good for late-night listening."

Those with cats or who feel otherwise allergic to the look of large cloth grills will instead see the Enviee driver, 22 Hex bolt heads and the BBC style's window-framebox construction with the inset floating baffle surrounded by a narrow gap. Cecil mentioned that there might be a future version of this driver no longer branded Enviee to become specific to Suesskind.

Suesskind's veneer execution with their chosen style's trademark mitered seaming looked high quality and exhibited very clean sharp box edges. There were no threaded receivers on the speaker's underside to bolt it to its designated stand. It's meant to just sit on it.

The broadly flared plastic port on the upper half of the also floating rear baffle has stretched cloth across its throat to prevent insects from setting up home inside and spawn. After all, who wants a spider colony in their living room? This perhaps recommends against moving the Puls around with one hand inserted here to protect the cloth.

The terminal plate sports hand-written data and a pair of very robust wing-style binding posts for easy hand tightening like those one sees on upscale amplifiers. The designer's initials J.G. show that final quality control is at his hands.