After a lengthy decision making process with the wife, I have bought the Marten Bird 2 speakers. I am very excited and just wanted to share that excitement with you guys (my audio journey started from Head-fi, so this forum holds a special place in my heart).
I've been listening to a full EAR 890 / Marten Bird 1 setup for a long time (Audio Society members) and lusting after this sound. I have gone to numerous audio shows, listening to numerous systems in homes and at dealers and finally, I feel I am at peace with my decision. Picked the gloss piano cherry finish.
This is a long term speaker commitment (10 to 15 years) so I was evaluating very carefully and didn't want into rush into anything. Well, the opportunity presented itself and I'm going for it. Upstream components are all EAR (EAR 890 Amplifier, EAR 868 Preamplier, EAR 324 Phonostage, EAR DACute).
With a huge dent in the wallet and a mile wide smile, I have made this move. Thanks for reading folks! Speakers will most likely arrive this coming weekend.