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As some of you might remember, I asked a while back about desktop sound systems for a work application.

I tossed many ideas around, and ended up buying a pair of Samson reslove a6's. I received them only to find one of the tweeters defective. To the distributors credit (birmingham recording) I got a replacement pair on the way in very short order.

I received my second pair, and to my dismay the same issue was immediately apparent. I tried multiple sources, multiple cables, I even took them to a musician's shop and made sure I wasn't doing anything wrong.. long story short I decided it was fate telling me that I should but the speakers I wanted all along...

So I ended up buying the Swan 200mkIII's. The spec's told me reference level response from 50hz to 20khz. I thought what about the <50hz stuff? So I bought a sub to go along with them..

Here is some Quick pics I took from my phone.



That's the pair on my table with the sub..

Here is a shot with the grilles off..



For those wondering that is a 250 watt 10" Samson long throw sub..

The combination sounds amazing, even before the recommended 80 hour break in period on the Swans..

Totally recommend these to anyone looking to enhance there computer, or iPod to sound to levels approching home stereo levels. (surpassing some htib setups by far).

Total price isn't the cheapest about 600 for everything, but for high quality sound...

My first DIY project. A dual, dual opposed setup

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Those look real nice.
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Nice setup. I had a pair of Swan D3.2's towers which look similar to the Swan 200's. Great speakers but the center wasn't up to the task so they had to go.

I've been considering the Swan M50W myself. Won't go as low as a 10" sub but enough for me. And they look fantastic!
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I've been considering the Swan M50W myself. Won't go as low as a 10" sub but enough for me. And they look fantastic!

Unfortunately the M50W wasn't available in the US when I was looking for a 2.1 system (almost 3 years ago), so I went with the M20W instead. I would have preferred the 50's, but the 20's sound amazing for what they are. Very clear and detailed output. I can only imagine how much better the 50's sound.

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I considered these speakers when I was looking for nearfield monitors but unfortunately the style was not fitting with my office. They were well reviewed. I decided on Mordaunt Short Carnival 2 (passive speakers), which I am more than happy with.

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Unfortunately the M50W wasn't available in the US when I was looking for a 2.1 system (almost 3 years ago), so I went with the M20W instead. I would have preferred the 50's, but the 20's sound amazing for what they are. Very clear and detailed output. I can only imagine how much better the 50's sound.

Pick up a couple of Hi-Vi TN28 tweeters an a couple of cheap crossovers and the M20's will sound so much better. They are listed as going to 20k hz but that M3N 3" full range driver only goes to 8k. I have a pair of Swan R2 surrounds which use a pair of M4N's in each speaker and I added those tweeters to them. A world of difference.
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Pick up a couple of Hi-Vi TN28 tweeters an a couple of cheap crossovers and the M20's will sound so much better. They are listed as going to 20k hz but that M3N 3" full range driver only goes to 8k. I have a pair of Swan R2 surrounds which use a pair of M4N's in each speaker and I added those tweeters to them. A world of difference.

Now that's interesting; according to Swans the M20W does use an M3N driver -- which only reaches 8kHz -- yet the system spec's state it goes to 20kHz. I'm not certain it gets quite that high, but for sure they go well beyond 8kHz. Weird.

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Maybe they do go to 20khz, just at -40db. It never ceases to amaze me the liberty company's take with "specifications".

Take my mk200's, I even received a test report with my speakers. Now I hold no illusions that my speakers were measured individually and then sent to me. Why? I learned a long time ago, that company's are in the buisness to sell a product, and unfortunately most of Joe public doesn't have a clue.

So why would Joe public walk into a audio store and pay 1000 dollars for this PPI amp, that puts out 1000 watts, when sitting right next to it is a BOSS amp, with really cool blue lights, that also puts out 1000 watts, but sells for 150$?

Most of these speakers, amp, radio manufacturers that are based in (china for example). Don't have to follow the same standerds, nor can they be held accountable like if they were based over here. So in the end they don't give a f*%k.

Buyer beware, its your responsibility to buy the right product.

Even though I got this..



I know it holds no bearing to what is "real" world..

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Today I was finally able to come into work a little early and mount the shelves I made onto my cart, and then mount the speakers to said shelves. I have decided that the subwoofer is overkill, so I am not using that in my work set up.

Quick pick of the speakers in there new home..


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You might want to consider some pads under those speakers. Auralex MoPads are sufficient, and reasonable.

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I will be putting the stock feet under the speakers once I get the right length wood screw. If you look atfthe pic with the speakers on the table there are rubber bottomed pads, but I took them off to use the stock screw for.mounting.

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Good to use as monitors?

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I will be putting the stock feet under the speakers once I get the right length wood screw. If you look atfthe pic with the speakers on the table there are rubber bottomed pads, but I took them off to use the stock screw for.mounting.

I was thinking more from the perspective of isolating the speakers from the workbench. With that setup you may need something to help suppress vibration. Securing them is good too

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