No Bull Just Real Music
Mr. Russell C.
9130 Cambridge Rd.
Chardon, OH 44024
In todayís world it is
not often that a person finds a man or a company willing to go out of the way
another personís problem. Many give it great lip service, promise solutions
and promise to be there when help
is needed. Most do not deliver to the fullest extent of their promises, if at
we met for the purpose of repairing my KLH Nines I was very reassured with the
depth and extent
of your knowledge on Electrostatic Speakers and was impressed by your
willingness to jump into them to solve my problem. There is little doubt, in
my mind, that you are an audiophile who conducts business to help other
audiophiles rather than a businessman that caters to them. The advantage of
this is that you thoroughly understand
the quest for magnificent sound and are armed with the abilities to provide
it. I couldnít be more pleased with the
result of your repair of my speakers. They sound magnificent! I might also add
that your pricing was very
reasonable as well.
On a side note, while I
was talking with you in person, you took a couple phone calls from
looking for help. You made every conceivable effort to help them solve their
problem rather than every effort to
get them to send the units to you for repair. What a breath of fresh air.
Someone actually trying to help someone
else without making sure they are compensated for it.
Since I am a frequent
reader and member of www.audiokarma.org, I posted several suggestions to other
that they involve you in their issues as well. It is with this same purpose
that I write to you today. Please feel free
to use this letter as a letter of recommendation to prospective buyers of your
products and services. I doubt very
highly that they would be disappointed in any aspect of dealing with you.
Mr. Dan Csomos
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2005 17:18:15 -0800
To: Russ Knotts
Subject: Reference email
the ESL Model 2.0 from Russ over a year ago. Being a Hi Fi
hobbyist, I built the electronics myself, while Russ supplied the panels,
frames, and some of the components. Russ also, spent literally hours on the
phone with me, providing advice and guidance.
The results are absolutely amazing. The transient response of the ESL Panels
simply surpasses that of any traditional dynamic electromagnetic speaker.
The sound is crisp and without any overtones. It is so true to the source,
you can close your eyes and imagine yourself in the Jazz Club.
Admittedly, the ESL's are very sensitive to positioning and I had to
experiment a lot to achieve their optimal position. Away from the walls, and
at an angle directed at my listening position. The flat panels are very
directional. Russ's new curved panel should be much less
direction-sensitive, but I have not had the opportunity to listen to them
And last, the other day I brought in a friend, who had spent many thousands
on his recently acquired system. He only listened for two minutes and then
his jaw dropped. He could not believe his ears, and much less so, the price.
Russ Just Real Music
Model 2.1 Owner March 2004
I have been using the Model 2.1 ESL for about a year now. The sound quality is
excellent. It really makes you feel like you are at the center of the concert
hall. Throughout the process of putting the speakers together, Russ was so
supportive, and always managed to spare as much time as needed to provide tips
and information on how to get the best results from his system.
At this price, it is an unbeatable deal. I whole-heartedly recommend it.
Dear Russ JRM:
"Thanks you for building my custom M76 electrostatic ESL panels and electronics.
After living with them for the last six months, this is my review of their sound
EFFORTLESS with Clarity, transparency, openness, lucid details, living sound
stage, precise, and accurate imaging. This applies equally to all kinds of music
from Bach organ, to a Haydn trio, a Mozart recitative all the way to the Stones'
Voodoo Lounge. Every syllable in every word can be heard and precisely
understood in English, Italian and other languages.
The stats far surpass the "ribbons" in all of these qualities. Moreover, as for
dynamics, there is more than enough for home performance and listening. (All of
my referrals are to stereo reproduction, not to home theatre.) The "ribbons"
offer more dynamics if one wants to fill a large hall; but too much else is
I derive a great deal of musical pleasure from this custom ESL system, thanks to
your patience and technical help and very fine quality product.
My original intent was to mate the custom ESLís with a 76"
planar magnetic ribbon driver using the ribbon as a tweeter. This did not work
out because the ribbon actually starts to roll off about 8 KHz. I then began
experimenting with the ESLís as you had configured them, with a low-end passive
crossover of 180Hz/12dB. I already had four different woofers with which I
could try with the ESLís. The woofers are Cabasse 21NDC(8"), Eton 11-581
50Hex(11"), Seas Excel W22EX-001(8" double loaded), and CoDrive(12"). I had to
do a lot of positioning and a great deal of time listening to the same music on
each of the speakers consecutively because they all sound very good. The choice
was difficult. I finally chose the CoDrive because, all other things considered,
the bass goes deepest, as in a Bach organ toccata and fugue. For those less
concerned with this deep bass, I would recommend the Seas--exquisite detail,
fast and accurate. Effortless: Mates very well with the electrostatics
Joseph R. McQuade
Stockton, NJ 08559 USA
Russ, " I
just spent 2 hours listening to exquisite music coming from your Model 2s. They
also happen to be your Model-2.1 Piano Black speakers, so they are as beautiful
visually as they are sonically. If I could list the virtues of the sound I would
have to say the extreme clarity and naturalness of sound. In particular vocals
are very lifelike. I read a review on a Martin Logan speaker where the
reviewer remarked on the quality of the sound from a CD by Sarah McLachlan. I
bought the same CD so that I could compare it at home and also at dealer for the
Martin Logan's. Well, I can tell you that the reviewer was correct about the
sonic quality of the CD, but I found your Model 2's to produce a superior sound. Of
course I wasn't surprised, you had already provided me with the
technical frequency response charts which demonstrates a well thought out
superior design for an electrostatic. The dipole bass in its present
incarnation is good but not as potent as Martin Logan's feed forward design. But
considering that you don't have a million dollar research budget, that's not
surprising. What you do have are great sounding electrostatic speakers
at bargain prices. And I should also mention that you have the additional
advantage of flexibility. Anyone who is interested in customizing a speaker to
get just the sound that they are looking for can work with you to obtain
their dream system. For myself, I can tell you that I am extremely happy with my
purchase. Thanks Russ!"
February 2002 Model-2.1
owner after six months.
wonderful. I hooked them both up and the sound is fantastic!!! The sound is
quite amazing. Thank you." Kevin, Victorville, Ca Model-2 owner
"Your design in really a nice one. Much better sound then you can buy from
major audio stores." Craig, Minnetonka, MN. Model-2 owner.
"Speaker panels arrived well packed, work and sound fantastic! "I
highly recommend them."
Jerry Appleton, WI Model-2 owner.
"They look wonderful. I
hooked them both up and the sound is fantastic!!! WE ARE SO EXCITED!!! Everybody
in my office wants to come over now and hear them. "These speakers do
"rock the house". They can be louder than bearable without any
noticeable distortion of sound--which is quite amazing."
"Just a day or two after getting my electrostatic speakers, I walked
into the house after work and wondered who the woman in my home was talking to
my wife. Just as I walked into the living room and saw my speakers, I realized I
had been fooled. I've never had speakers fool me like this before. Their sound
"You definitely have packaging figured out. They were very secure and
completely undamaged. Thank you. " Model 2 Owner Kevin in Victorville, Ca
"Your design in really a nice one. Much better that most that you can
buy from a major store (audio king, etc.)"
Model 2 Owner Craig in
"Speaker panels arrived well
packed, work and sound fantastic! I highly recommend them"
Model 2 Owner
Jerry in Appleton WI
"I have never heard music like this before my Model 2 electrostatic
speakers are amazing they can play louder then I can bear and are crystal
Tom in Alpena, MI "
I am surprised that they sound so very
clear!! and I now understand what is a high speed sound. My wife also likes them
Model-2 owner Mitsuru in Fort Worth, TX
"I received the panels and electronics [ two pair of customs 76-in x
10-in.], in perfect condition. They're beautiful technically and
aesthetically. You certainly did an excellent job of packaging them."
Joe Stockton NJ
"My Model 2.1 piano black's are doing fine after a year. I have been focusing
on vocals which I find to be extraordinarily clear. Don't think I can go back to
regular dynamic speakers ever"
"So many speakers so
little time "