Originally Posted by chalugadp
How is the treble better ? Smoother less fatigued ? Bass tighter or deeper ?
Can you give any examples of songs that really stood out ?
Here is how I see it.
There are pros and cons to the design.
#1 Their primary advantage is greater SPL without blowing and/or distorting at those levels.
Great for loud hard rock music and movie surprise scenes (the old cat-in-the-closet trick has never sounded more scary
If you level matched them or didn't need beyond 100db, the differences would be even smaller. (Which is amazing given the price difference.)
#2 They can be placed wider apart without losing the stereo imagining, in my room they are spaced 18ft apart and could probably do more, where as the B&W's didn't like being more than 9ft apart.
#3 Narrower dispersion window with minimal room interactions (this could be good or bad, depending on how you see it.)
#4 They seems to handle harmonic instruments better: cellos, pianos, xylophones, tubular bells etc.
#1 They need treble equalization to sound as good.
Performance in non-active systems will suffer.
I find that the horns are rather insensitive to the higher frequencies, especially above 3khz; (either that or it's struggling to couple with my room well.)
To my ears this causes the SEOS to lose the small details that are typically associated with "Hi-Fi" systems.
This tends to make the SEOS sound thin at lower db's (<90db), but not unpleasant to the average-joe (which is the kicker), and at higher db's it makes the <3khz range excessively out of balance, which the average-joe may see this out-of-balanced-sound as "ramps up to 'loud' quickly", when in fact it's not, it's just out of balance.
In short, "clouded" would be the word I would describe it as.
Once EQ'ed this is not a problem (but it is if you don't).
#2 Even with EQ, not all of the details are fully recovered about ~0.5% loss IMO.
#3 Listeners outside the dispersion window will suffer to a greater extent if a wide positioning cannot be implemented.
Once eq'ed, the sound is less fatiguing, more dynamic & louder, and has greater overall transparency than the B&W's (in 99.5% of the cases).
Without eq, I would say that it looses, and is not an enjoyable speaker for music to listen to.
I never thought I'd say that because I despise EQ, and would like to avoid it at all costs. There is probably a way to tweak the XO for pure-analog to achieve the same, beyond me.