- Written by Jim Clements
- Published on 22 October 2012
Legacy Classic HD Speakers In Use
The British pop duo Katie White and Jules de Martino are the group known as the Ting Tings. They released their second album in February 2012. I started my evaluation of the Legacy speaker system by listening to the album on vinyl. This album, which is supposed to represent the Ting Tings' departure from a pop career arc, was generally panned by critics. And, sure it is sophomoric (pun) for sure, but I get it. It is a fun record that I enjoy a bunch. What's really wrong with having a little fun?
The Legacy system has excellent top to bottom balance with one of the sweetest sounding tweeters you will ever hear. Meanwhile, the speakers produced shapely bass pulses and a tight bass drum kick. Take the track "Hang it Up" for example. The sound had a wholeness to it with well integrated sounds and an appropriate image size. The speaker system sorted out all the instruments. The treble shone and there was a tuneful pace on bass lines. I loved the way the Legacy system preserved the timbre of the percussion instruments. It is hard to beat high quality full range towers for music playback.
One of the hallmarks of these and other Legacy speakers is that they can be enjoyed for long sessions without listening fatigue. It was so true in this situation that I cranked up the volume a little more than I might with other speakers. Then the track "Help" came up and the steel strings here floated in space until the synthesizer kicked in and levitated my listening seat.
This RCA Living Stereo SACD contains the most popular compositions by George Gershwin. The performances were recorded in 1959 and 1960 and were performed by the Boston Pops, conducted by Arthur Fiedler. The headline works are Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris.
As mentioned above, the Legacy Classic HD's get the scale right on just about everything. With these recordings, there was a very broad soundstage and no hole in the middle. Add to that how the Metro sub revealed the extent of the performance hall. I also felt that the Legacy Classic HD's did an amazing job differentiating direct versus reflected sounds on Earl Wild's piano. This effect further advanced the keen perception of space that I got: I say you simply don't need a surround system.
These speakers are smooooth but still dynamic. This is difficult for me to describe – the Classic HD's are sweet but they aren't sugary-sounding, just clean and extended.
On Concerto in F Allegro, the music simply breathed with lifelike tonal textures. Then on Adagio, Andante Con Moto, I heard nearly zero dynamic compression during crescendos. These speakers never flinched, never faltered and could easily fill a much larger room than mine. I don't think I ever really taxed the Classic HD's at any point during the extended review period.
On American in Paris, I decided that these speakers really come into their own on orchestral works because of the wholeness of their sound and the ability to reproduce the scale of a performance.
I would like to write about my impressions of the Legacy system when watching a nice Blu-ray. John Carter is a movie that I didn't catch in theaters and I'm not sure why not. A lot of people are probably like me on this count because this movie bombed at the box office. The critical reviews were mixed so I thought I might enjoy it. Might.
Like I've said before, a good 2-channel system built around speakers with quality imaging properties along with the phasing inherent in the source material means that you don't really need a surround system to feel like you are part of the action. That certainly held true with John Carter over the Legacy Classic HD/Metro system.
The Legacy system produced tight, meaty bass on the majestic score and had fine bass slam on the action sequences. The voices were pure with clean sibilants and no chestiness. Again, I had no listening fatigue, despite the extended treble response.
Although I wasn't particularly fond of the movie, I must admit that starting from the arena scene all the way through to the end, this disc has excellent demo-worthy material. The high action sequences had superior sound quality and I enjoyed their full impact through the Legacy system. Once again, these speakers never flinched.
I had the Legacy Classic HD speakers in my system when watching the initial "Rock Concert" of the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremonies. This was lossy Dolby Digital that was down mixed to stereo in my TiVo box. What I was trying to evaluate here was the suitability of the Legacy system to be a multipurpose speaker system for day to day use. The result? Of course they are. In fact, it might be akin to fishing with dynamite.
All I can say is that the sound was stupendous over the Legacy system. This was big arena sound that was properly supported by the Metro sub. Thanks to this performance, I am now a fan of Jessie J. Man, she can really belt it out. If you don't believe me, listen to her cover of "We Will Rock You" and see for yourself. Her voice was as pristine as could be over the Classic HD's.
The orchestra during the flame/flag ceremony was also very majestic through the Legacy system. There was so much quality music in this concert like the Pink Floyd and Beatles medleys. It all sounded so good over the Classic HD's, I even fell for the Spice Girls. Oops, did I say that out loud?