Originally Posted by Reefdvr27
Any feed back?
I have been playing music and tuning for the last two or so hours and I am finding that the Carnival 2' sound fantastic with music (ipod) Good highs, tight bass. I was running two alone and they sounded good and filled the room, I then added in the sub and I am impressed. I do have two pair and in 5 channel Stereo I am in love!
I've spent about a week with these. In short, I like them a great deal. I can only compare them to my RC-10, P142, P360, and M70's.
It's not fair to compare them to the P142, P360, or M70, but, that being said, I prefer the Carnivals to all of them. Aside from the obvious lack of bottom end, the P142's lack clarity and top end detail compared to the Carnival. The larger midwoofer of the Carnival undoubtedly contributes to this, again, not really a fair comparison. Advantage Carnival.
I didn't like the M70's at all so I'm not going to say much about them. They are bright, shrilly, with no bass (for a tower with four 6.5" drivers.) I would rank these last of all I've heard. To summarize, they sound small despite their gargantuan size. However, they are $300 a pair and they sound like it. Better than any other tower in that price range (I'm not a Polk hater and they look a lot better than the P360's.)
The P360 are very solid towers and I would suggest them as entry-level towers. However, I personally feel that a bookshelf/sub combo is a better value. I can't really say anything bad about either of the Infinity's. They are both very solid and without any peaks or spikes that I could detect. I like their sound signature a great deal. Very flat. However, the Infinity's don't have the technical resolution, texture, and detail of Carnival's and Energy's. I would still have the P360's in my living room and the P142's in my bedroom but the P360's were too big with a sub and I NEED a sub. There is just no substitute. When I think "Home Theater," I think "sub." When I got my RC-10's, I realized that they would fit in my bedroom so I decided to get another bookshelf to replace my P142's. It was actually quite hard to find a reasonable pair that were thin enough to fit. For instance, I would have just got some P153's but they were too wide. The RC-10's and Carnival 2's were perfect (and cheap) so I thought I'd compare them.
Comparison with RC-10's coming soon... (I need to A/B after break in.) I can give some initial impressions if anyone is interested.