It’s not a completely clean bill of health, though. Those overproduced albums of the 1980s and early 1990s always sound syrupy, but can sound almost edgy here. James Taylor’s ‘That’s Why I’m Here’ from the album of the same name [Columbia] is a perfect example, as it’s all Yamaha DX7 synths backing an over-ripened James Taylor vocal. This particular recording might have been one of the progenitors of MP3, but the full 16/44 CD recording can easily show any brightness to the sound or spitchiness to the vocals, and both were displayed here. In truth, the vocal ‘spitch’ sound was minimal, and as much a function of the recording itself, but even with the treble set at -3dB, it never quite tamed that slight zing to the top end. I tried not to let the price get in the way of the review, but it’s here the price becomes an issue, in a good way. That zing would be unacceptable in many of those classic high-end designs that also sport Accutons, but here it’s just a function of a good middle-priced loudspeaker trying to make a well-balanced sound. It’s also the kind of zing that is only really noticeable if you have logged lots of hours with the more upmarket competition. Many will never notice.
Back finally to the value question. These are great loudspeakers at a fantastic price. Are they they best speakers ever? No. Are they the best speakers to use Accuton drivers? Again, no. But given you could own 100 pairs of Divine Delta for the price of some of those anointed Accuton-sporting flagships, something is going very right for the XTZ Divine Delta. The fact they sound fun too helps.
Type: Two-way, Bookshelf/Centre‑Speaker
Drive unit complement: 1×25mm Ceramic dome tweeter, 2×180mm ceramic cone mid-bass units
Frequency response: 36Hz–30kHz
Sensitivity: 89dB SPL (2.83V/1m)
Nominal Impedance: 4-8Ω
Power handling:360W (short term), 180W (long term)
Finish: Gloss Black
267 ×653 ×380 mm
Price: £3,850/pair (stands £520/pr)
Manufactured by: XTZ
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