Originally Posted by xcjago
You should hear "Somewhere over the rainbow" by Tori Amos. I think it's the most beautiful song I've ever heard. And the piano around 3:00 is very clear and realistic. I can send it to you to try.
Eww. I don't think that's a very good idea, unless your goal is for him to throw the Sierras through his window
I would pay a fortune to have the of chance to be able to hold her head in my hands, and then bang it repeatedly on her damn annoying piano. At least then she'd have good reason to sing, well more like wail or whine... so painfully slow and minimalistically like she always does...
For Sierras, I'm sure that if you spent the month with the Sierras and went back to the BWs, you'd have a hard time going back to BWs... But it is interesting how often someone's perception of how it should sound is actually so closely related to their current audio system. Also, "how a sound should sound", is all too often something which has been recorded in a studio, then mixed, phased, chorused, reverb'd, compressed, EQ'd, distorted, and then it sounds real through these speakers
. lol I'm somewhat guilty of this, have a panoply of headphones (Grados, Sennheisers, Sonys V6s, etc) and speakers, it can be sometimes confusing as to which playback of those artificial sounds more realistic! And really, who the hell can know?
Originally Posted by Warpdrv
I can't say that I really had enough time with the Sierra's to fully wrap my brain/ears around them. From the brief time that I had them here at my house, I thought they were pretty accurate, but like the SVS's to me I couldn't connect with them. Something just wasn't right to me, so I sent them back and went in another direction.
I played Piano for 10 yrs and have an intimate relationship and memory of the sound, so when you brought up the Nora Jones thoughts, I felt compelled to play them on my new to me Paradigm Sig S4's.. I find them to reproduce the Piano perfectly.... In comparison to the B&W's, I found the Digm's to be more engaging, a bit forward on the mid's but that is something that I like and need, where the Piano lives...
Hmmm... Didn't you just buy and love the new SVS speakers?
I remember you raving about them really not so long ago... Ah, here it is.
Originally Posted by Warpdrv
I just got home from work, and have been running through some different types of music that I am extremely familiar with here, Nora Jones (Come Away With Me, Don't know Why), Ray Charles Duets (Fever - Natalie Cole, Here We Go Again - Nora Jones, You Don't Know Me - Diana Krall) Extremely Smooth, Transparent, just neutral... The imaging is out of this world, which I lend to the tweeters, I have never heard speakers this smooth before... Mid range and mid bass are just clean and clear, non accentuated or punchy in one or the other. I think there is magic in these tweeters, soft dome is smooth, missing nothing here... I can't tell you how many soft dome tweeters I have come across that it felt like someone put cotton in my ears.... The Scan Speak Air Circ's are balanced and true to their source. Turning my head from one side to another I get no differenciation in sound... My room is small here but the sound is just everywhere. The speakers are not placed optimally in my room right now (too close together), but I feel it will make little difference here. They don't seem to be effected by placement thus far. I'm waiting on a new dresser and my equipment will be moving to the basement to be hidden late this week or early next week, waiting on my 25ft HDMI chord.
So far, I love them... I have yet to put them through the paces of movies. But with transient impactful spikes like in Constantine - 2 minute mark when Manual finds the dagger, and walks into the road and the car gets totaled by hitting Manual - 0 to 110db measured instantaniuosly -Whoa they truly deliver !!!! Not one hesitation... WOW !!
All I can say so far is WOW... SVS - I am flabbergasted, in awe...
So not flabbergasted anymore I take it? :\\ Pretty crazy how perceptions can change!
Anyhow, to get back to OP, placement and room are really critical
. Definitely spend some time to play with placement, it'll make a really significant difference. IMHO, there's really not much the 602s should do better than the Sierras, but to be honest I've never really liked the 60x line and always preferred the (older) CMs, even though they didn't have the bass of the 60x, to my ears they sounded significantly better, but still some would say the contrary and prefer 60x... So yeah... YMMV
But give them some time I'm sure they'll grow on you, just takes a while for that B&W brainwashing to wear off
To 'unlearn' the B&W 602 signature sound. I'm sure you'd have felt similar to the B&W CMs (well older model, haven't heard the latest gen CM1 yet) as you did with the Sierras, even though the CMs were pretty much a step up 602's in pretty much everything except bass, Sierra is like that, except that it's also a step up in bass