The all new S7t reviewed by Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile December 2021.
NEW COMPANY – NEW SPEAKER – NEW WORLD.
- “Perlisten – New speaker jumps to the front of the line”
- “The satisfaction I derived from the S7t’s extends beyond bass and dynamics”
- “Overall the S7t’s is the best speaker I have heard in this room”
The Perlisten S7t reminded me of no other passive speaker that I have heard before. The closest comparisons in my
recent memory are both DSP-controlled loudspeakers: the Dutch & Dutch 8c and the Kii Three. What all have in common is their dispersion. The Perlistens, though, are entirely passive, much larger, and seemed capable of dynamic response beyond what the smaller, active speakers could achieve; that’s from memory of course. Driving the S7t’s, my Benchmark AHB2 amplifiers never blinked—assisted, no doubt, by the S7t’s 92dB sensitivity.
It’s rare to find an audio product, let alone a loudspeaker, that is beyond reproach. The S7t is one such loudspeaker. True, it doesn’t shake the room,5 but that’s a virtue, not a vice: It has ample bass and plays plenty loud. The result is a system that sounds transparent, producing music not obscured at any listening level.
Overall, the Perlisten S7t is the best speaker I’ve heard in this room. It should be considered by anyone seeking longterm musical satisfaction without practical limitations. New company, new speaker, new world.