Originally Posted by Napoleon D
I do notice the highs can get kind of scratchy/coarse with these. I'm just wondering here. Even the C-C100 seems to struggle a bit when someone yells onscreen. I will hear just a hint of unclarity or scratchiness as if the speakers are struggling a little.
To be frank -- there is no such thing as a cheap speaker that can REALLY handle loud treble without coarseness/hash/fatigue. That is one of things you are paying for when you buy more expensive speakers, better tweeters allow you to play louder and still maintain smoothness/clarity without the fatigue of cheap tweeters in most entry-level speakers. That's why we always say the C-Series are great for the money
, but they are still only scratching the entry level of "real" speakers.
And, frankly, the RC's are still really "entry level" in the grand scheme as well. What makes them so excellent (and why reviewers love them) is the tweeter fights well above its price class in terms of smoothness, preservation of detail without becoming hashy or harsh.
A lot depends on you, your room, your preferences, how sensitive you are to sound quality, etc. My buddy's is thrilled with his hodgepodge mismatched Energy setup that I assembled for him on a severe budget, but I would probably not be able to live with it for my setup because I have gotten used to the higher quality of the RC's and am a more critical listener.
Many people will be thrilled with the C-Series, some people will have their appetite whetted and thirst for more. I too still hunger for even more; thankfully my budget won't allow it for now, and with my living space I couldn't even do a higher end speaker justice anyway.
Unfortunately, you may be discovering that you are in the latter group and are on the slippery slope of "upgrade-itis" and soon your longing gaze will turn towards even better speakers..
I had asked about Dynamic EQ earlier as I thought there was there was a bit of something missing in the bass region with this setup. I don't think this is the C-series fault. I think even the C-100's produce enough bass down to 60Hz without rolling off tremendously. I think it's my subwoofer - the phase settings are normal and reverse on my Sony sub.
I don't know what exact model you have but Sony subs are generally garbage. I can tell you that when I moved on from my first sub, which was a budget Sony model from Circuit City, the improvements were huge. I could never integrate that PoS into my system properly, and when I finally replaced it with something better I discovered that it wasn't me, it was the crappy sub that was at fault.
In other words, "upgrade-itis" and the slippery slope are at your doorstep