I was passing through the little town where XTZ is based, and decided to stop by for a listen. I tried the following speakers: Divine 100.49 and 33, 99.36 and 25 MKII Piano, the 95-series surround package, and the new Cinema M6 with two 99W 12.16 subs.
The 100.49, the full-range model, is huge, and sounded spectacular, they seem very linear, and true to the music. They have two 10" alu woofers from Seas so they can reach deep, and the ceramic, german made mid and tweeter elements sound very pure and detailed. The 100.33 is in a d'Appolito / MTM configuration with two mid/woofer elements, and work both as a center and front speaker. They sound a bit more lively in the bass than their big brother, and I really like their presentation. If I had the money I think I would go for the 33, possibly with a sub, though they almost don't need it, though, if I had the room, 49's all the way.
The 99 series sound pretty damn great as well, as they have ribbon tweeters they are a bit more sensitive to height, the tweeter has to be ear height for optimal sound. They are great musical speakers, though not quite as linear, quite as high resolution as the Divines, they are truly great for the price. The sound of the stand mount 99.25 and the floor standing 99.36 are very similar, though of course the floor standing model works well without a sub. The 99.25 can apparently also be used as a center by turning the tweeter 90 degrees and placing it on the side.
The 95 Series was set up in a home theater set-up with two 95.44 as fronts, 95.33 as center, and two 95.24 as surrounds and their 8" sub. X-men Origins: Wolverine was playing and I jumped through a few scenes of that, and I was surprised at how good it sounded, considering the price. The speakers in this series are all quite large, larger than corresponding speakers in the 99 series, and can handle a pretty high sound level. Compared to the 99 series there was a drop in sound quality, but not by as much as I would have thought, and the explosions and music and fighting of the movie sounded realistic and intense. I would be very happy with this in a home theater 5/7.1 setup, but for music I would pick 2 99.36 instead.
The Cinema M6 was set up for music listening in a 2.2 setup. They sounded great, very clear and detailed, and could play loudly without loosing that clarity. They separated instruments well and made the music come alive. With some recordings they were very unforgiving, and revealed how badly the songs were mixed. They look cool, and the shape of the cabinet seems to have a few advantages; they still play towards the center of the room when wall mounted, they work as a center both below and above the screen, and there are less standing waves inside the cabinet.
I also asked about the numbers in the names of the various models and what they signified. The series are after how good they are, so 100 is better than 99 is better than 95 and so on. The first number of the model name is number of drivers, so 36 has 3 drivers, 44 has 4. The second number is a bit more arbitrary, but usually a 3 means a center, and then its size. in the Cinema series it's a bit more straight forward, M for monitor, 6 for number of elements, S for surround, 5 elements.
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