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XTZ Divine 100.49 Tower Loudspeaker Review

by Tarunvir Bains June 03, 2015
  • Product Name: Divine 100.49 Tower Loudspeaker
  • Manufacturer: XTZ Sound
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: June 03, 2015 09:00
  • MSRP: $ 3600/ea
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89db Efficiency

Weight: 154 lb

1" Visaton ceramic dome tweeter

6.5” neodymium ceramic midrange

10” dual seas aluminum cone woofer

Midrange-to-tweeter crossover: 2.5 kHz (12dB/oct)

Woofer to midrange crossover: 100 Hz (18dB/oct)

Rated bandwidth: 25 Hz-25 kHz

Power handling: 900w

Nominal impedance: 4 ohm

Gold-plated tri-wiring binding posts

Pros

  • Stunning aesthetics
  • Throw a massive, engrossing soundstage
  • Highly detailed sound
  • Upper bass resolution

Cons

  • Extremely Heavy
  • Fine-tuning adjustments aren't quite fine enough
  • Confusingly translated instruction manual

 

XTZ is a Swedish hi-fi company that has in recent years set up in North America, and the Divine 100.49 Tower is their magnum opus. Priced at $7200 a pair, these loudspeakers pull very few punches when it comes to delivering a uniquely high-end boutique experience – except they're an internet direct offering. When Gene first told me about the new XTZ Divine tower, my immediate reaction was along the lines of “Hey, sweet, I recognize that mid-range driver; this will be fun”. So I obliged and got myself into checking out these extremely high-end beauties, and yes, reviewing them was a pretty fun experience.

Design Overview

The XTZ Divine speakers have a calming presence.

When the Divine towers first arrived, my initial reaction was “Oh boy, what have I gotten myself into?” As a somewhat pricy speaker, I knew these were going to be pretty big and heavy, but I underestimated just how high XTZ was aiming. Shipped via freight in boxes that closely resemble an elevator in size, simply carrying these to my listening room was an exercise in, well, getting exercise. The next step was getting the towers out of their boxes, and that too, was quite the task with my ten foot ceilings requiring all sorts of contortion and angling precision to slide the boxes out. But with some much-needed help, I pulled it off and got things set up. An array of floor and carpet spikes were included to adjust the angle, intended for the end-user aim the tweeter at the listening position.

The Divine  towers have a show room finish befitting a pair of $20-30k speakers.

If you saw the Divine Towers on the showroom floor of a typical audio store, you would not be remiss to assume that they retail in the 20 to 30 thousand dollar range. That's because they hit every box on the checklist when it comes to a visually high-end design, from elegant curves, a rock-solid cabinet, fine European drivers, a quality finish, to an ambitious smorgasbord of rear panel options for fine tuning adjustment, tri-wiring, active tri-amping, and port tuning. If you're looking for a stop-gap speaker, this is not it – you could spend a year playing with this toy and still not have tried “everything” it has to offer.

XTZPortFlare001.jpg

XTZ Divine Port 

XTZDivinemidrange001.jpgUndoubtedly the centerpiece of the Divine tower is the Accuton C173-T6-90 mid-range driver. A highly efficient ceramic cone unit with a double roll surround and an elite vented neodymium motor design, it is very much among the end-all be-alls of pure mid-ranges. This is a driver alone that retails for 25 percent of the cost of the entire speaker. The tradeoff is that the tweeter and woofers are more reasonably priced units that strive to complement rather than try to compensate for the mid-range unit. In theory, this is clever design and the question then becomes whether XTZ put it all together well enough. Even if they didn't, a dedicated and knowledgeable individual could attempt an active crossover, for instance a DEQX by accessing the drivers directly – XTZ makes that option available too.

Upon finally hearing the Divine towers, my immediate reaction was that the speakers were strident in their default setting. However - I decided to try out the fine tuning adjustments and took a look at the instruction manual, which I felt could have been easier to follow. I discovered that the default setting (the way the speaker arrived) apparently has the tweeter level elevated by a whole +3 dB, and after some preliminary listening I removed the tweeter jumper, which was ultimately the setting I found to be most comfortable to listen to in my environment although I might have preferred if these adjustments had been a little more fine. The final setting I arrived at had the midrange and woofer jumpers inserted, but the tweeter jumper removed.


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Rear Panel with tweeter jumper removed

 

 

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Recent Forum Posts:

awdio posts on August 25, 2019 15:09
The amplification used in this review leaves a lot to be desired.
Thunder240 posts on April 26, 2016 08:53
Any Divine (either floorstander or stand mount) owners within driving distance of DC who'd be willing to offer a prospective buyer an audition? These beasts weigh enough that I'd prefer not to sign up for an in-home audition, though I do appreciate XTZ's policy.


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AcuDefTechGuy posts on June 29, 2015 00:59
Chu Gai, post: 1087881, member: 40600
I get that those here take GranteedEV's review as largely favorable. Later, when I have more time and finish licking the rib sauce of my fingers, I'll give you another take. Mind you, I did follow the deleted thread which if you didn't gives me a different perspective.

Sounds juicy - both the ribs and the deleted thread.
Chu Gai posts on June 28, 2015 17:59
AcuDefTechGuy, post: 1087855, member: 26997
I don't consider it a cover.

I've owned and heard a lot of speakers in the same room & setup. I would have a difficult time reviewing them all and trying to come up with many different adjectives.

The simple truth is that there are a lot of great sounding speakers. I like a lot of them. So when I say that, I mean it unequivocally, not as a cover or trying to be PC.

I am sure GranteedEV and many reviewers feel the same.
Certainly and these may fall into that class of decent speakers. Over at Stereophile, the reviewers are generally the ones who pick what they want to review. They may have had prior experience, some familiarity that goes beyond catching them at a show, or there's something truly unique that bears further critical examination. In the case of other reviewers, they're assigned speakers to review. Big difference but some similarities in that both camps look to put somewhat positive spins on things, emphasizing this while down playing that, finessing their perceptions with a subtle use of phrases such as not to offend. Politically correct. So you have to read between the lines. Determine if the vendor is generally inept. But if one runs their review past the vendor first, are they serving the public or themselves and the vendor?

I get that those here take GranteedEV's review as largely favorable. Later, when I have more time and finish licking the rib sauce of my fingers, I'll give you another take. Mind you, I did follow the deleted thread which if you didn't gives me a different perspective.
AcuDefTechGuy posts on June 28, 2015 14:09
Chu Gai, post: 1087832, member: 40600
Sure one can say we all hear differently and have different priorities. A position like that also provide cover and be looked at as a politically correct view that seeks to offend no one.

I don't consider it a cover.

I've owned and heard a lot of speakers in the same room & setup. I would have a difficult time reviewing them all and trying to come up with many different adjectives.

The simple truth is that there are a lot of great sounding speakers. I like a lot of them. So when I say that, I mean it unequivocally, not as a cover or trying to be PC.

I am sure GranteedEV and many reviewers feel the same.
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