Boressen speakers

i had the chance to listen to these last year, also planning to listen to them in Munich this year.

I look to purchase a pair not sure which model yet

What is your experience?



@gladmo by refined, I mean less etched and with more natural presentation. The Z3 Cryo had a sliiiightly more brash character - maybe just a bit more distortion. It wouldn’t get fatiguing, but depending on the rest of my system synergy (I am a dealer so I swap a lot of gear in and out), the Z3 Cryo could at times sound tipped up or a bit more piercing. Not necessarily fatiguing or painful, but in comparison the 02 are notably smoother while being more revealing and detailed. 

@blisshifi I think you mentioned that you have heard the new Borresen X3s as well. I currently own Joseph Audio Perspective2 Graphene and wonder if the X3s might be a step up. To be honest, I'm more than happy with the Perspectives. The X3s have to be quite a bit better for me to give them up. How would you compare these two? Thanks in advance.

@arafiq They are very, very different speakers tonally. I also have a lot of affinity for Joseph Audio and have heard all of his current speakers. I would say that Borresen is brutally more honest in the midrange. While I love the detail, tonal balance, and slightly warm delivery of Joseph, it is not the most revealing speaker. I don’t mean that in a bad way, they are simply just lovely speakers. I’ve actually reached out to Jeff Joseph to see if I could carry them since I know he doesn’t have any representation out in the Minneapolis region.

Joseph will sound more full, a bit bloomier than the X3. Switching to the X3 may be a bit jarring, and you may find them to be drier and tipped up. They deliver with a bit more contrast. They are very fast across the board, but also, being on the bottom of the Borresen line, more fatiguing. While it has the famous Borresen tweeter, the remainder of the speaker is made of cheaper components. While the tonality of the X3 is very much in the Borresen sonic signature, it is much more brash than the Z series, let alone the 0 series. It is a great speaker for those who love the Borresen sound and can only afford to spend $11-12K.

Your Perspective2 Graphene are great performers and it would likely be a sideways move to go to the X3 unless you’re craving a completely different sonic signature. Both speakers have very different strengths and weaknesses, and you will be trading one set for another. I hope that makes sense.

I’ve noticed a pair of the Perspective2 Graphene on USAM and have considered making the seller an offer. I own the Borresen 02, so that should show how much respect I have for Joseph despite their known weaknesses.

More info on the all new Borresen X3’s ! 🤔

These Borresen X3’s have to be Very Special Speakers for The Audio Analyst to be Reviewing them at his home ! 😲😈

@arafiq I am very curious to hear X3 as well. My local dealer has it now, I will probably make a trip soon. 

I don't know how Joseph Audio speakers sound. There used to be a local dealer but apparently didn't sell well enough. 

In the category of compact floorstanders, the best I've heard was the Gryphon EOS2. I actually preferred it to much more expensive Borresen 05. IMO, the Gryphon had the same level of refinements as Borresen but more fun sounding. I enjoyed my time with Borresen but with Gryphon I was tapping my feet and genuinely had a roaring time. 

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