With its coincident tweeter/midrange, deep tweeter horn on a sloping baffle plus DSP-filtered sealed bass, the Stereo 3's first foot forward was crisp timing and with it, very specific and expansive depth layering. Other coaxial speakers I've heard also soundstaged most sorted and deep. Now the Spaniards followed in the same mold. Width meanwhile was mostly confined to between the enclosures, thus narrower than what I get from various 2- or 3-way monitors. Rather than maximally low, the most impressive quality of the bass was its integration with the room from absence of port effects for good control and damping. The opposite end stopped similarly short of extreme extension to position as perfectly balanced.

Cosmetically, its swooping top taper had the Stereo 3 present as shorter than it was. Coupled to the narrow-but-deep footprint, it combined into an effective if obvious disguise of true cubic volume. That's clever industrial design in action. You know the trick but it still works a charm. Where many narrow speakers rely on outriggers to guarantee stability, the Stereo 3's low center of gravity had it glued to ground without distracting cross bars. In short, a successful form factor. Six months after my original samples were retrieved, Jorge contacted me to submit replacements.

What had he wrought in the interim to lower the standing noise of my first samples? "After your feedback, we introduced a mod to the electronic circuit which optimized its S/N ratio. No other change was necessary. For the outer skins, we've switched from HiMacs to Krion. The loaner pair has been used for our latest demonstrations so is fully broken in. The finish is the standard white."