|Escalante Design Fremont Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Saturday, 01 November 2008|
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The Escalante Fremonts are big. They are actually the biggest monitors I have ever seen, and are quite frankly larger than many floor-standing speakers I have seen and/or reviewed. They are heavy, too, and as such can be difficult to move, but I suspect if you are buying speakers at this price point, your dealer should be delivering them and setting them up, so you shouldn’t be bothered by these factors unless you relocate often. While the two-way design here actually functions more like a four-way design, they are only capable of single-wiring. For me, this wasn’t an issue, as they sound incredible wired this way, but for those who simply must bi-wire their speakers, the Fremonts won’t allow that.
Aesthetics are a very personal thing. I liked the large, bold look of these speakers and, to my surprise, so did my wife, but you and yours will need to formulate your own opinions. The Fremonts are some of the more revealing speakers I’ve had and, as such, require the best electronics to get the most out of them, so don’t plan on running them from a receiver and getting the performance I did in this review.
I have heard the Escalante Fremonts at several trade shows prior to getting them into my home for review and, despite playing with vastly different systems, from tubed mono blocks to high-powered solid state gear, the Fremonts have always impressed me. They present music with an ease and absolute truth to the source. The Fremonts delivered music with a speed and ease not found in other systems. They seem to give rise to music rather than just reproducing it. They image incredibly well and, thanks to the front drivers and ports, are very easy to place in a room. They are large, but you just aren’t going to get good, deep bass from a tiny box or from tiny drivers, and these speakers will clearly go as low as you need for anything but pipe organs, while the detailed and extended highs go far beyond anything you can ever hear to give that real-world sound to delicate instruments. The Fremonts are highly efficient, but can also handle immense power.
Many speakers can do a single genre, or listening level, but my experience with the Fremonts showed they can do any genre and can reproduce it to any level you might want with ease. No matter how hard I pushed the volume, the Escalante Fremonts pumped out the sound with the same ease and control as when they were barely on. The Fremonts are very accurate yet musical speakers, and are highly revealing, so they will demonstrate even minor changes or deficiencies in your system. If your system is up to it, these speakers will reward you in spades with perfect sound, regardless of use. Pair them with worthy equipment for the best results. When you do, be prepared to be amazed and finally happy with a single system for everything. I think I have found my ultimate speakers in the Fremonts, and would encourage you to listen to them yourself if you want it all: timber, high and low extension, incredible detail, finesse and a dynamic range that will astound. The Fremonts have set a new standard for me in speakers, one I don’t see being easily beaten.