Received my GTC-77's today. They were double boxed with substantial padding so thankfully they emerged unscathed from FedEx's TLC.
As I posted before, they are (for now) replacing a pair of DefTech STS towers that I was pretty happy with in a 2 channel system, driven by an Anthem 225 integrated rated at 225 into 8 ohms and 330 into 4ohms. Sources are an Oppo 83SE and lossless files on my iPad through a Hegel HD20 Dac.
- I'm staggered by the amount of detail retrieval as compared to the STS. All the cliches - fingers on frets, breaths between notes, subtle details in percussion, stuff I've just never heard before. I'm just not sure as to whether it's too much of a good thing. Not fatiguing but almost overwhelming. Time will tell. Listening to Nora Jones on SACD and just reveling in the wealth of information.
- The bass, while not as extended as the STS, is more solid and pitch perfect, almost a cousin of the high end. Bass heard as notes rather than sounds and thumps.
- Very dynamic, don't harden at higher levels like the STS. Haven't broken out the SPL meter but certainly play loud without strain.
- Sweet spot is limited both horizontally and (especially) vertically, though this may be a byproduct of my room. Treble definitely rolls off if your ears get much above the tweeters.
As you can (maybe) tell by my crappy attached cell phone picture, I haven't played at all with stands, isolation, cabling or positioning. Just plopped them down in the spot that had worked for the STS, hooked 'em up and turned 'em on. And if you believe in speaker break-in, these have a total of 60 minutes on them. More to come...