To my ears one of the best differentiators between live ‘real’ music and even a top notch recording is the dynamic envelope. You just can’t fake dynamics, and when loudspeaker playback seems to be dragged to produce a dramatic dynamic swing it is difficult to keep a crafty brain buying the illusion that one is witnessing a performance in the natural, effortless way that unfolds in a live setting. Time and time again in my weeks with the Legato Duos they were able to command and push the essence of the music forward with their head turning dynamic agility. Gary Bartz’ 1977 Jazz-Funk classic Music is My Sanctuary [Columbia] provides an excellent example of the Legato Duo’s show stopping dynamic prowess with the alto sax break in the track ‘OO Baby Baby’ about 45 seconds in. In this passage Bartz’ ace band drops the tempo for a split second setting up Gary to come crashing in with his liquid smooth alto saxophone. The Legato Duos simply sparkled here in their ability to go from zero to 60 in nothing flat.
The Legato Duo’s also allowed Bartz’ sax riff to stretch, lengthen, and even hover completely suspended before careening back into the groove at the perfect pace, leaving me wondering why I don’t play this album every day for the rest of my life. Living with the LDs was full of sublime time-stopping moments like ‘OO Baby Baby’ and I felt that they lived up to and exceeded their price tag for those who prioritise warmth and musicality. The LDs exhibit a special, even uncanny ability to open up space and transparency in their presentation and make instruments sound like you would expect to hear them walking into a concert venue mid stream in an impassioned performance. The biggest drawback I found to the Legato Duos (if there actually was one) was the large speakers virtually scream to be placed in a sizable room to realise their full potential. The LDs bass control is a shot of pure power and can overwhelm small and potentially mid-sized rooms. If you have some space to work with, amps you already love, and have been waiting for the right speaker to open up ‘real’ coherent sound in your living room look no further than Sonner Audio’s handsome Legato Duo.
Type: 2.5 way bass ported enclosure
Drivers: 25mm ring radiator tweeter;
140mm coated paper cone mid woofer; 152mm aluminium bass Frequency response: 37Hz–23kHz Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms Minimum impedance: 3.8 ohms Sensitivity: 90dB
Dimensions (W×H×D): 38 × 109 × 66cm Weight: 29.5kg each
Finishes: Cherry, Red Rosewood, Satin
Black (coming soon!)
Price: £8,900 per pair
Manufactured by: Sonner Audio
Distributed by: Select Audio
Tel: (0)1900 601954