Originally Posted by tinhvo
To be honest, I've seen not once but many times reported that L3 is on the warm side.
How warm? I don't know, love to find out but base on my scale from reading those reports
warmest: Energy RC (it is my own experience) -> HTD L3 -> EmpTek -> Chane -> Klipsch.
Say, let's set Chane at most neutral, L3 is definitely on the warm side.
If comparing to RC, L3 is maybe on the bright side.
I wish I can have time/money to try out every speaker myself so I don't keep asking about the sound signature of each.
Audition at Magnolia, I can say that MLogan is brighter than B&W CM and SFaber is on the warm side.
I very much so disagree with your list and the fact that it's not specific rubs me the wrong way.
You listed brands, and not models of speakers. HTD has several different lines of speakers that use different high frequency drivers. You did say L3, but didn't say the tower or bookshelf model - just L3. You simply listed the other brands of speakers as well; no models.
I have personally
owned and experienced the HTD Level 3 bookshelf as being on the bright side in my
own room with no EQ and using Audyssey XT32. I also had 5 acoustic panels around the room as well when I had the Level 3s. I also said a few times, the brightness occurs much more so at higher levels - to the point I didn't enjoy them for HT (usually watch at louder levels than not) or loud music. I've also heard (and still own) own their Level 2 towers and them being much warmer.
Martin Logan makes somewhere in the range of a dozen different speakers each with a different high frequency/midrange driver combination. I personally own the Motion 40s, and they are much more controlled at higher levels than the HTD Level 3 bookshelves. The main difference between the two speakers (other than the obvious price and bookshelf/tower difference) is that one sounds very different at high levels than the other. When you say "'MLogan' is brighter", I'm honestly letting that enter one ear, and out the other.
I wouldn't give much credit to auditioning speakers at a BB Magnolia. Their tile flooring, their terribly reflective rooms (audio gear/other speakers/un-treated walls), and background shoppers/salesmen give for a poor audition. Speakers played there will sound different when played in one's home. Speaker placement is huge and I doubt anything was placed optimally. Each speaker would have its own room modes, peaks, nulls, and reflections because they are all not placed in the same spot.
At least you listen B&W CM - Either way, non-specific. Same concept goes with "SFaber". A brand, and no models. Either way, whatever "SFaber" speakers you listened to at the Magnolia section, suffer from the issues listed in the paragraph above.