Chris Martens review – The Absolute Sound issue 166
“…the Leviathans offer an immediately likeable sound whose defining characteristics include effortless dynamics, rock-solid 3-D imaging, and smooth, mellifluous voicing…
Joseph Stalin once famously observed that ‘quantity has a quality all its own.’ Stalin’s comment comes to mind because the Red Dragons produce such copious quantities of power that they reproduce music – especially loud and complex passages – with a disarmingly graceful yet muscular dynamic ease…While the same observation perhaps applies to other good high-powered amplifiers, the Red Dragons bring extra measures of expansiveness and – where the music warrants – explosive immediacy to the table.
The Leviathans also produce vivid, three-dimensional images of almost sculptural solidity – a quality that became strikingly apparent on “Songbird” from the late Eva Cassidy’s Eva by Heart [Blixstreet]. I never had the privilege of hearing Ms. Cassidy in concert during her too-brief lifetime, but those whose have report being struck by hearing a huge, ethereal voice emanating from a comparatively petite person, and that is precisely the image Dragons conveyed on “Songbird”. Midrange is clear and articulate with a hint of almost tube-like lushness
…the Red Dragons command respect, not just because they’re powerful, but also because their smoothness, warmth, and dynamic ease give listeners the priceless gift of relaxation.”