As I wrote in my Codex review, "once playing, this manifested in what sounded like a livelier cabinet, becoming audible particularly in the woofer's upper end. By contrast, the power range wasn't as tautly controlled. Against the drier Codex, it was bloomier. By lacking the extra cone area in the vital transition between midband and bass, perceptional emphasis moved up. Because spec sacrifices in bass reach registered little, the tonal upshift and looser power zone textures caused a bit of hollowness and some whiff-of-port redolence. The upshot was that the Avanti sounded brighter and more forward. Neither was it as unflappable about concealing the mechanical pressure effects of its woofer. Its workings were more apparent whereas that of the Codex was for all intents and purposes invisible. I didn't hear its box. With the Avanti, I did in just the bass a bit, at the SPL our room liked during happy hour.

"In this instance, the old dawg of bigger speaker plus bigger room equals better results learned no new trick. Without question, for our 100m² space I'd pick the Codex. Of course, the law of diminishing returns already ticks with an apparent alarm set to annoy. What - for a somewhat bigger though clearly heavier cab, one extra driver and two extra inches of woofer span, twice the askance? The Avanti brings the same proprietary tweeter and midrange. Those are clearly premium issue. They deliver exactly the same purity and speedy reflexes. So a bit more material for a lot more bread? When presented with the cubic volume to stretch its legs, the costlier package delivered a different quality. It wasn't really about quantity though there was just a bit of that, too. The Avanti was the younger flashier arm candy; slightly brash and showy. The Codex was the more mature experienced self-assured companion. Its composure was calmer, its figure fuller, its presence deeper. Its reading manifested grander gravitas and emotiveness."

The more saturated weightier colours in this sunset shot stand in nicely for the Codex. The upper photo with its different white balance represents the Avanti. You appreciate that it's a brighter picture but not one that's bright per se; just by contrast. In our room, part of this was down to less bass mass—extension was virtually equal—part of it due to the loss of the mid/bass coupler's air displacement additions in the 100-350Hz range. What that extra driver contributed were the deeper colours and tighter transition to the bass. Of course I also said in the Codex review that "...once we stop being compadre with comparisons and take things on their own merit, we hop off the giant ferris wheel in the sky." To take the Avanti's measure on its own merit, we'll now leave comparisons behind except to still say that as an upshot of the above, it did live up to its name. And in typical Audio Physic tradition, it was the same soundstaging monster as the Codex.

Before jumping headlong into them thar dark waters, I had to chase the perfect amp. Thinking that perhaps class D's high power and ultra-low output Ω with its resultant stiff damping would streamline the slightly loose bass, I leashed up our nCore 500 monos from Nord. Starting out with the warmer fuller Sparkos Labs discrete input buffer opamp was a complete and utter miss. In short, the bass grew into a woolly mammoth; one up from elephant if you didn't follow. Trying the leaner more lucid Sonic Imagery opamp instead benefitted overall transparency and shrunk the mammoth but did nothing for its woolliness. Goldmund's visiting €25'000 Telos 590 NextGen integrated became an instant return to normalcy. Bass quantity was correct again but quality still did not mark the Code X spot. The Pass Labs XA-30.8 didn't impact on it either but added more output again which was undesired. Ultimately I ended up with the Linnenberg Allegro monos which had so killed it on the Codex.

A complete loom of LessLoss C-MARC wiring dropped just then. Swapping in these Lithuanian copper Litz cables in lieu of our solid-core silver Ocellia loom with crushed crystal sleeving became the final fortuitous minor course correction. It calmed down the Avanti's youthful freshness to more mature mellowness. Without the big brother's colour saturation and complete gravitas, I now had things as on par as I could. Bass reach was surprising for a compact apparently just 2-way tower. On bass textures, I simply had to remind myself. Twice the ticket for the Codex really did buy something which the Avanti couldn't match. It's why Elite's Mark Cargill ended up with a Codex in his home. But, picking nits where mere mortals would spot nothing is a reviewer thing; or for those who can afford to complain at a very elevated level.