Sanders 10e

Congratulations to Roger Sanders and Sanders Sound Systems on The Absolute Sounds INCREDIBLE REVIEW on the best darn speakers I have EVER heard.  

Roger Sanders - The Genius.  
Roger and Angela are fantastic people and deserve the accolades.  They do make great sounding equipment.  Not quite the best I have ever heard, but an excellent value.
The Sanders room the last 2 years at Axpona has been among my favorites. Very nice set up they have used and the speakers certainly sound very, very good.
They are really really good, and in some ways terribly inconvenient. :)

Roger deserves the good press he gets.


I've heard the system several times at Newport and LAAS and it was very good. Always among my top-5 favorites.
Their dpeaker is good their smp not so much .
I compared and own the new ML top series and think it has several advantages and now 24bit room correction and dual powered drivers per speaker using top quality parts, a first finally. 
Sanders too has his own accolades both have their own trade offs 
I put in my own custom caps choices and sounds Excellent .
I haven't had Sanders equipment in my system for about 7 or 8 years.  I remember my ESL amp to be a great piece of gear but more importantly (to me at least) I remember Roger to be one of the most personable and honest guys I have dealt with during the past 30 years in this hobby.  

I heard the Sanders ESL's at the Newport Show in 2015, but I don't remember if they were the 10c or 10e. They sounded fantastic, my favorite speaker at the show. In fact, the best sounding demo of any show I've been too, including those playing Infinity IRS' and big SoundLabs.
I've never heard a soundstage like the Sanders. Amazingly real. Small and focused and head in a vise but mind blowing 
Hmm..appear to be worth a listen.. Do they have enough weight and bass? How well layered the soundstage is?
I concur. Amazing sound stage, but hard on your neck. :)  I really wish Roger had considered a way to improve that, like by splitting the panel and making a 2-way ESL, or adding some sort of a waveguide, but he's 100% committed to the basic form factor.


Plenty of slam (okay, a ton of slam!); layering is incredible - and detailed.  The DSP unit keeps the bass from smearing other notes.  Play as loud as you wish without distortion.  The only limitation is the room.  Barely.
Great. I'll put them on my list, along with Lansche and Kharma. Right, we can dream.
Just received my own Sanders 10e speakers 2 weeks ago. Wonderful!!!!

(Dealer disclaimer)
The Sanders speakers are not head in a vice, they are head in a quarter inch scale vice......if you so much as shoo a fly away from your face, you're completely out of the sweet spot and the stage collapses and the sound turns to a shadow of it's former self......

In that spot they sound amazing, but no more amazing that later Magnepans and the like........
I concur. Amazing sound stage, but hard on your neck. :) I really wish Roger had considered a way to improve that
He did.  He invented the curved electrostatic panel, but didn't like the result.

Gayle and Ron took that design and ran with it.
Stewart dont agree about head in a vice! I can sit within a foot either way and they sound wonderful.  You do need to have them set-up in an equal triangle to sound their best but once set they put a smile on my face.
Your assessment differs even from Roger Sander' characterization of the speakers....Taking the side wall reflections out of the equation equals TINY SWEET SPOT....PERIOD..If you are hearing wonderful in a 2 foot window, then you would frankly find anything wonderful......

I've heard them at multiple shows and in 2 homes and the condition is always the same, tiniest sweet spot in history......and nothing outside it....
I've heard the 10E setup several times. And they do NOT have a tiny sweet spot. They sound absolutely fabulous too. In my opinion, it is very good value for money.

I would assume that what Stewart heard was improperly setup.

Again, the manufacturer says they have a tiny sweet spot and that it is intentional, to minimize room interaction......

Also, if they do not have a tiny sweet spot then perhaps you could explain to me why Sanders is the only exhibitor at any audio show anyone has ever attended that places ONLY three chairs in a row front to back centered between the speakers......

If you do not believe these speakers have a tiny sweet spot, then you disagree with the designer himself.....

Here are direct quotes from his white paper:
"So for serious listening, you need to be at the sweet spot"
"Beaming" is not a fault. It is a huge advantage"
"I want narrow dispersion in my speakers to minimize room acoustics"

I'm not going to debate your opinion that these speakers sound fine off your ears they might!  But to mine and two other sets of ears that were in the living room these were set up in, we all agreed the speakers sounded absolutely dreadful outside of a ridiculously small space between the speakers.......This gentleman traveled 700 miles to pick these up.....they were set up in his room for 3 days and then they were sold and shipped to their next owner, while he went and got a used pair of Magnepan 3.7s.....

You might read from my responses that I do not like the Sanders speakers and you'd be only half right......when I've listened to them at shows, the sound has unfailingly been some of the best at the show.......but the small area where you need to be to hear these properly make them an impossible choice for me and others I've spoken with.....

I just had a chance to hear the Sanders 10e's. I found them to be delightfu - musical and extended with correct weight and detail in the bass. The soundstage was wide and deep. I was able to shift comfortably in my listening spot with any degradation of the soundstage. Amazing speakers!
Stewart from Sanders web-site:
"Q. OK, I see the advantages of narrow dispersion, yet what happens when I leave the "sweet-spot?"   Sanders Sound Systems speakers are designed to bounce the ESL's rear-wave off the wall behind the speaker where it can spread out and fill the entire room. As a result, our speakers sound about the same off-axis as conventional, wide-dispersion speakers. When off-axis, you won't hear the precision image you do at the sweet-spot, however, the sound is quite satisfactory for casual listening or even for home-theater use".

(dealer disclaimer)


"Quite satisfactory for casual listening or even for home theater use!!!!"

You just made my point
No doubt they have a small sweet spot but not as dramatic as some are indicating.  I heard them at RMAF and was floored.  I thought they were superior to anything else there.  True story.  He was playing a variety of dynamic music which helped the evaluation process....unlike many of the other fine systems which I can only surmise were trying to recreate the atmosphere of a funeral parlor.  

One other thing...I'd be interested to have heard them without the room correction employed.  I think it would have been a different story.  I am becoming more convinced DSP is the way to go.  
I have owned dozens of speakers . All kinds, Stats ,Planars , Box , Open baffle . Each and every one sounds best sitting in the middle of the speakers . Move to the right or left and you lose the stereo imaging . If i am walking around the room doing other things i do not care about imaging . Only when i sit down do i care . Hifi listening is a one person endeavor IMHO
While I think that all speakers have a sweet spot, there are a lot of speakers that do much better with off-axis color and imaging than others. Sanders among the very worst. Revel and Magico among the very best. 

The Sanders stats are really not comparable to almost any other speaker, including ESL's. To call it a "sweet spot" is to oversell it. It is much more like a "sweet dot" from which the most minute movements of your head will detract. 


I totally get the viewpoint "I don't care if there is a small speaker sweetspot since I sit in that spot to listen critically anyway."

It's much like the justification some on the AV forums gave for getting along fine with LCD display's limited viewing angles "Who cares if the color and contrast shift as you move off axis, I watch from the middle of the sofa anyway."

With the LCD displays the shiftiness of the image color and contrast always annoyed me.  I was aware of it as I moved to a position to watch the image, and still aware of it watching the image, to the degree I knew if I relaxed in to some other position the picture would alter.  Emissive displays like plasma were much more satisfying for me in that regard.

The same issue arises for me with speakers and small sweet spots.  When it gets too critical I become aware of the "shifty" quality of the imaging and tonality and it tends to intrude on the illusion of a performance happening in front of me; I'm reminded of the artifice.

A wider sweet spot that doesn't delectably, or significantly alter the tonality, or even imaging, if I want to end up in various relaxed positions on my sofa (within reason - not way off axis) is for me a more natural, relaxing experience.  I guess that's why I still own MBL omnis, but most of the speakers I still own, and have owned, have had excellent, wide dispersion/off-axis sound and never felt "finicky" to listen to.

To each his own, as always.  There are always compromises.

For those whom have owned the 10e's has anyone upgraded the supplied digital crossover / Room Correction System, Digital Signal Processor, and Real Time Analyzer? If so what did you buy and what were the benefits?