Item: Innersound Eros 1 + Amp (Designed and built by Roger Sanders)Location: Sydney Price: $3,300 ONO Item Condition: Very Good + (see detailed description below) Reason for selling: I have too many speakers and need to move these on Payment Method: Pickup - COD Only Extra Info:
Okay, I'm going to give this one last crack on SNA before I advertise on Gumtree/Ebay. As much as I would like these to stay in the SNA family, I really need these out of my apartment before my partner returns from Rome in early October. I will consider trades on amps, phono stages or turntables.
These are the precursor to the Sanders Electrostats which retail for US$17K.
Here's a link to a review http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/frank07.htm
In the interests of full disclosure, I purchased these speakers off a seller on this forum. I thought they sounded pretty damned good at the time - certainly better than my pair of Rogers Studio 1 - apart from an annoying rattle they made when hitting certain deeper frequencies.
I took the speakers to Christian Fellaife who was recommended to me by several Sydney SNA'ers in order to rid them of the annoying rattle. Christian gave me the full history of the speakers as they had been through his workshop previously. The previous owner didn't have the funds for a complete rebuild, so Christian patched them up on a budget with some less than stellar materials - it was done on the cheap. Hence the rattle and a few other issues I wasn't aware of at the time. Even with these issues, these speakers sounded very good. Christian listened to them and said they sounded pretty average and took me inside to listen to a pair of Franken-speakers he had just built. The difference wasn't subtle - Christian's speakers sounded much more realistic and immersive. He assured me he could do a full rebuild and have the Innersounds sounding just as good.
Long story short and almost six months later, I had a freshly rebuilt pair of Innersounds back at my place. Christian was right - the speakers now sound amazing. I've had the good fortune to listen to a pair of Maggie 20.1's being driven by some brutish valve monoblocks and the Innersounds to my ears, sound every bit as immersive, detailed and musical with the right amplification. Therein lies the problem for me - I have a Manley Stingray that I absolutely adore, but it's just not up to the job of driving these speakers. @Hensa was kind enough to lend me a pair of 100 WPC valve monoblocks and the step up in SQ was easily heard.
I want these to be enjoyed by a fellow music lover. I'm willing to let you try them in your place or mine and am willing to offer finance to established and approved SNA'ers (up to 12 months interest free) - I want them to stay in our community if possible. Whoever ends up buying these is buying speakers that have been completely and fastidiously restored . Please note, the amplifier supplied with these speakers to drive the subs has been to Chris Kimmel and has been given a clean bill of health.
Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't play rock or bass heavy tracks with electrostats. These are a hybrid with subs built in. They dig deep and do so with finesse and control. To Pimp A Butterfly sounds epic on these. They have barely been played since the rebuild as I had the opportunity to buy a pair of Fujitsu Eclipse TD712mk2 that are eminently more suited to my room and amplifier.
Please note, the Innersounds would not suit someone who is looking for a brand new speaker. The cabinets have not been restored - I just don't have the time - and they have some blemishes. This is the only reason I haven't described them as near mint. I've done my best to show that in the photos. They will suit someone who has a decent sized room, a powerful amplifier and an appreciation for superb sounding speakers at a bargain price. Okay, time for the audiophile cliche, but I can assure you I'm genuine when I say this - I have not heard a better sounding loudspeaker at anything like this price. I have e-mailed Roger Sanders and he assures me even better performance can be extracted with the implementation of a digital crossover. I have not gone down this path, so can't comment.
I don't have the original boxes, so these are only available for pick up. I can arrange delivery in Sydney or its surrounds. Pictures: