Last, let me reference the track ‘The Town Burns’ from John Williams’ original soundtrack for the film Rosewood [Sony Masterworks, 16/44.1]. ‘The Town Burns’ conveys a dark sense of foreboding conveyed in no small part by deep, very low-pitched percussion that seems, at times, to arise out of nowhere. Here, the powerful, but also tautly controlled and sharply focussed, bass of the Vantages comes into play. One moment the listener is following the track’s vocals and melodic lines and the next one is aware of the deep, potent, but never overblown or boomy, presence of very low-pitched percussion instruments that fairly bristle with ominous portent. Then, just as suddenly as they appeared, the low percussion sounds decay and vanish—as if inviting the listener to wonder is s/he even heard them at all. Great low bass is often this way; it’s not present until the music calls for it, and it doesn’t linger around once its impact has been heard and felt. The Vantages are great low-frequency performers.
To speak candidly, I came to this review with some misgivings and even biases against the Vantage loudspeakers, but they have won me over. They offer much of the sonic excellence of YG’s terrific Hailey 2.2 loudspeakers, but at just 70% of the Hailey 2.2’s price. What is more, in the right small-to-medium-sized rooms and played at sensible volume levels, sonic differences between the Hailey 2.2 and the Vantage become very difficult to discern. Vive la Vantage.
Type: Three-way, three-driver, modular floorstanding loudspeaker with sealed acoustic suspension cabinet enclosures
Driver complement (per loudspeaker): One 222mm BilletCore™ woofer, one 185mm BilletCore™ mid‑bass driver, and one 25mm ForgeCore™ fabric dome tweeter
Frequency response: 26Hz to above 40kHz, ± 2dB in the audible band, ± 5° relative phase throughout the entire overlap
Impedance: 4 Ohms nominal, 3 Ohms minimum
Sensitivity: 87dB/2.83V/1m 2π anechoic
Dimensions (H×W×D): 112 × 32 × 54cm
Weight: 72kg per channel, unpackaged
Manufactured by: YG Acoustics LLC
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