And now for something completely different : EMPIRE !
Like Napoleon's troops storming over Europe, the Grenadier beams bass tones over 360° and high frequencies over 140° thanks to a divergent acoustic lens - Grenadiers are everywhere with their hefty ceramic magnets.
The Grenadier 9000M is also firmly footed on the battle ground with its round, vibration-free, marble-topped and unbending enclosure. Fitting smaller battlefields, the Grenadier 8000P bears the same high-frequency drivers and divergent lenses but holds a slightly smaller woofer.
Making up for that, the design of the 8000P is quite reminiscent of a greek column - the return of all Empires' solid and proven symbolical references indeed :)
Empire Scientific had its heyday in the 1960s with the Troubadour turntables, Cavalier and Grenadier loudspeakers - all heavyweights in weight... and decor.
Empire survived well into the 1970s, mostly with its cartridge and stylus lineups, and later on faded into this - empires never last as long as they would fancy to.
However, Benz Micro took over the stock of Empire cartridges, know-how and tooling and became one of the most recognized makers of high-end audiophile MC cartridges - empires often change into something else rather than completely disappear.
Alhough the Emperor never pushed that far (lucky for everybody), here's a pair of 9000M in Japan.