Aug 24, 2018 at 4:20 AM
- Feb 17, 2011
- Reaction score
- Shropshire, England
There is a Voce prototype impressions thread but I feel that now the Mr S Voce is a fully fledged production model it warrants a thread of its own.
I have used a Voce for several months and my music sounds enjoyable and “realistic”. I offer a few observations which are of course my opinion.
You could say that the popular impression of how an Electrostatic phone sounds has largely been dictated by Stax models and they have been characterised as being lacking in bass, light and ethereal and so on. Stax lovers who have used more powerful amplifiers know this is not necessarily the case.
We must acknowledge the wonderful job Stax have done in keeping the electrostatic headphone alive in the market. Secondly the enormous contributions from Kevin Gilmore, Birgir Gudjonsson, Headamp and others have developed the high-end ES scene. It is now viable for other manufacturers to enter the market. Several have made vanity projects and a well known German manufacturer has produced a system whose price includes a free Mercedes car (which they somehow forget to deliver). British humour aside, it is very good that MrSpeakers have produced their own ES phone which is at a sensible price for the current market, and is winning many friends. The KGSShv, Carbon, BH and Grounded Grid all drive it to plentiful volume.
My view is that the Voce has a good tonal balance, the separation and realism of instruments is good and to me music sounds like it should. It is well made, not at all bad looking, comfortable, has a soft pliable cable, and comes with a clever stand/storage solution included in the price. It absolutely deserves to take a significant place in the electrostatic market.