This is ... exactly like an Epos speaker. So it retains those slightly unfashionable lines that are the classic hallmark of this brand, like an unmodified Dalek in Dr Who they make no concessions to 21st century fashion in their aesthetics.
And a jolly good thing too, straight out of the box they offer a fatigue free engagement with difficult music without a trace of boxiness or nasal inference in the higher register. They have that classic front to behind the speaker staging that I recognise from Robin Marshall's first Epos designs. Unlike those one dosnt appear to need an amplifier the size and weight of a bank safe to make decent SPL with proper authority.
Dropping in The Verve through a Rega Mira Amplifier and Apollo Cd Player the Epic 5's were immediately up for an excellent clean rendition without either the uncontrolled treble or overblown bass that afflicts so many "popular" speakers when faced with that particular recording mix. I am immediately impressed by their listenability.
Giving into one of our most abused favourite tests, Nils Lofgren with "Keith Dont Go" from "Acoustic Live" the Epic 5's are a brilliant piece of work for the money, excellent low level detail with a particularly good rendition of the acoustic space and really strong presence impression of the guitar strings.
Good work Mr Creek. For $1500 I think you have a winner for floorstanding stereo speakers here. And the way the grill is engineered is brilliant.
Herwith a review from Hi Fi Choice Magazine.
Hi-Fi Choice July 2011.