Originally Posted by SoundKlang
One more: By chance I heard the samples with a very low quality playback system barely above a kitchen radio with small speakers and no real bass frequencies. In this context the ES-8 delivered the most consistent and pleasant sound with most definition of the bass notes. The 747 was again less defined and a little clouded and the Variable-Gm with its emphasis on the midrange was a little harsh.
Ironically I've had a similar listen through some laptop speakers, then level adjusting.
Overall the Variable Gm won hands down, solid still not in the mud, the ES-8 was not as thick sounding, but very balanced. With it's veil, did not like the 747 at all.
The bottom end was more 'perceivable' through the Variable Gm sample, the ES-8 was more neutral on lows, while the Variable Gm was warmer.
Thanks for the test.