Hybrid Audio Technologies Clarus C51-2 Review
As promised, here is my initial review of the Hybrid Audio Clarus C51-2 set.
I will divide the review into the following sections:
Let’s get started…
When I opened the box and started inspecting the contents I found that the Clarus line is very similar to the Legatia line that was first released by Hybrid Audio Technologies (HAT). The build quality of the midbass drivers are quite nice. Cast basket, woven speaker leads, inverted surround and a paper cone. I am VERY partial to paper cones. I feel they render music the way the artist intended. The tweeters are nice also. Very small, so they should be easy to install - and they are. Now for the crossovers… I LIKE THESE CROSSOVERS ! They are very well made and would be welcome to show off in any system. The components used in the network are topnotch. You also get grills and install items…
Well these went in my daily driver, 2001 Accord LX, in the factory locations. Midbass in the doors and the tweeters in the dash openings. The crossovers were left under the seat, for now. Power is supplied by an Xtant x603. No subwoofer is used because the Xtant’s sub channel is not functional right now… Repair is on the horizon… When the Xtant is repaired I will be using a DIYMA12 in a ported enclosure.
Here is the music I listened to during my session:
4.James Taylor “Gaia” on Hourglass album
5.Keb Mo “Grandma’s Hands”
6.Jennifer Warnes “Joan of Arc” from Famous Blue Raincoat
7.Metallica “No Leaf Clover” from S&M
This album from James Taylor is wonderful and this cut is one the best on it. The recording is very open and spacious. I love James’ voice and the Clarus set reproduce the recording in such a true way. The soundstage is very wide and pretty deep. This set is smooth, very easy to listen to although a sub is needed for the lowest tones. Remember the set is installed in factory locations with no damping.
Keb Mo’s recording of this song is wonderfully simple. I felt like I was sitting on the porch of an old general store with Keb Mo while he was performing the song. So detailed and REAL ! On a good system you can hear a broomstick being used for rhythm in the background. With the Clarus set, you not only hear the broomstick you get a wonderful sense of depth. Phenomenal !
Joan of Arc
This is one of my GO TO cuts when evaluating a sound system. Jennifer’s voice is simply pure. That is the best way I can describe the way the Clarus set reproduced this recording… PURE. Or should I say Purely Beautiful. The set proved to be very powerful, able to take soft passages and build into wonderfully complex reproductions that gave me chills. When Leonard Cohen joins in his deep vocals are rendered in a visceral manner. Considering these midbass’ are only 5.25” drivers… I am highly impressed. Loving this set !
No Leaf Clover
OK up to now my musical selections have been rather “highbrow” and “elitist”. This selection represents what I love to listen to just for my ride home each day…. Metallica’s S & M album is one of my favorites. Anytime classical and metal is fused together it only brings about good things…! This selection is very complex and dynamic, the Clarus set did a GREAT job of reproducing this. As I stated earlier, the set does need a subwoofer.
My summery …
I love this set of speakers. I had the opportunity to use Hybrid Audio’s Legatia speakers and found them to be World Class, the Clarus are right there also. They are extremely detailed, smooth and have dynamic capabilities. If you want a speaker system for a daily driver or even a casual competition system… RUN don’t walk to your nearest Hybrid Audio Technologies dealer. The best system I ever used was a Dynaudio 2-way setup powered by a Butler Tube Driver. I loved that setup…. Hummm,,, now where did I put those Tube Drivers….?