This was and still is, one of the best sounding speakers for under $25,000. Massively overbuilt, these speakers are big and heavy (about 180lbs each). Even its external crossover (the two black pillars you see in the picture) weighs more than 50lbs each. They are three way speakers and can be bi-amp/bi-wired or tri-amped/tri-wired. At its current setup, there are jumper cables on the crossover network for bi-amping/bi-wiring. The crossover unit is then connected to the main speakers via jumper cables (3 pairs per speaker) for true tri-wire setup.
Feed the speakers with reference level components and you will be blown away by its realism, depth and soundstaging. Bass was tight and fast and the mid-range was more definition rather than overly warm. Highs were precise and smooth without sounding too overly bright and dry. Positioning them is critical because when they are positioned properly, their bulk disappears into the imaging. This is not always and easy trick to do with big speakers but the Avalons did it wonderfully.
Cosmetically, the speakers are in really nice shape. There is a “sun tanned” area on the back from the crossover unit sitting behind it and thus casting that dark shade on the back panel but other than that, just minor scuff marks here and there with some small chips on the edges and a slight tan line on the front face of the speaker from the grille cover. From this, you can can tell the speakers were never moved at all when the previous owner was using them and the grille covers were never removed.
Due to the weight, size and number of pieces (four pieces in total), the speakers will have to be shipped strapped on to a pallet. Pickup is preferred but if we have to ship, it will go freight. We don’t have the original crates.