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When a speaker is truly coherent there are less "edges" to the sound because often those transient edges are artifacts either of the driver/horn configuration or because of phase/timing relationships.
I have heard some horn speakers systems (Odeon from Germany for example) that sound very smooth unlike the sharpness heard from Avantgarde and Klipsch. Is it the real wood horns or the drivers used? Is it the crossover design? Not sure but they are nearly as coherent as a full-range electrostat...almost but not quite.
I don't think high frequency transients are being rounded by Quads or other full-range planars because the driver should still be well within its dynamic bandwidth for those sounds. Large bass excursions of course can be limited by the relatively short excursions of planar panels. Probably a lack of distortion in the highs also contributes to the "smooth" sound.
if i may ask, why don't you own quads - your present system appears to lack them but i don't know your history.
I have never owned Quads, but stacked 57s would be pretty nice I think. I don't really like the sound of the Quad 63 that much, it is somehow lacking in clarity compared to some of the other electrostats I have owned.
Here is the list of what I have owned:
Acoustat Spectra 2200
Acoustat Spectra 4400
STAX ELS F81
In addition I have owned the following planar magnetic/ribbon speakers:
Apogee Caliper Signature
Infinity IRS Beta
Bohlender Graebener DIY hybrids (using D28.1 driver and 10 inch woofer in a fully active design)
All were more clear, IMO, than the 63, all except the F81s could play louder and more powerfully overally (the Audiostatics only slightly so).
My current Genesis VI speakers are mostly conventional drivers (planar magnetic tweeter front and back) but they are dipolar and have similar characteristics to planars.
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