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Location: Iowa City, Iowa
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Quick review, as I have short stretch of time- I am just going to call them the Phil-BMR for now, until Dennis comes up with an official name! Btw, I have the PE version of these speakers, so the cabinet is very nice, but nothing extra special. Until recently, my music-only speakers was a set of low end JBLs, so the bar isn't terribly high. My EMP are in my theater, so less music and more movies there, where there excellent and slightly forward midrange really excels.
Dennis has shared some measurements with me (Phil-BMR) and this speaker is flat +/- 2 db from 40 hz to around 40 Khz.
The Scanspeaker woofer is very good and while I haven't measured how low it can hit, I have no reason to question what Dennis says about the woofer. This speaker hits low and is very defined in its lows! for music, this speaker needs no subwoofer!
I love ribbon tweeters and the RAAL tweeter in these speakers doesn't disappoint- absolutely stunning clarity and detail! Classic music just comes alive and I find myself hearing single violins/strings and the instruments just seem more distinct. Jazz, excellent, Rock, well not as much improvement. If I were a metal head, I would thank the woofer way more than the tweeter!
The BMR, well, it kinds of disappears in between the excellent bass and very clear and detailed high end- like I say, I am use to a speaker that has a bump in the midrange, but the whole idea about the BMR is the seamless crossover with the tweeter, and it sure seems to accomplish that. As Dennis has suggested, every speaker needs to break in and especially I need to break in my ears to the more recessed midrange! Also, Cambridge Audio suggests that their BMR driver require a longer break-in period, but I think Dennis tested that with the CA Aero and didn't find any difference after a bunch of hours.
I will post a more detailed review when I have more "ear hours" on this speaker, but nothing I have heard so far makes me regret the purchase!
Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub