My wife and I just took "ownership" of some RS6s (and RSLCR) and, so far, we really love them. How cool is my wife? One day she says to me "we need better speakers - these don't sound so good anymore" (Klipsch KWS 8.5s). At first I thought "are you sure we can afford them" and then I realized when your wife says "we need new speakers" you don't reply with "are you sure".
So we went and auditioned Paradigm Monitor 7s as I had recently helped a friend purchase new speakers and she ended up with these. Since I already liked them I felt like these were probably the way to go.
However, we have PSB Alphas as rear channels and, in an effort to keep all the speakers in the same family, decided we should audition some PSB Towers (Image series). The first cut we played (Nora Jones - Feelin' the Same Way) sounded great through the PSBs, however as soon as we put on Thelma and Louise by Trish Murphy and the bass kicked in I knew something was wrong. The PSBs (in my opinion) just sounded "boxey". The bass was NOT good. The salesmen (Aaron at Sara International in Houston - and mentioned earlier in this thread) asked me to give the PSBs another try in another room as the more private listening room is almost a perfect square. He moved the speakers and they did sound better but not great. And then I got called to work and had to leave.
I returned the next day to listen to one of the stores other lines: Monitor Audio. The RS6s were in my price range and they were, IMO, excellent sounding. Aaron set me up and left me alone for about an hour and I really got into the speakers listening to a variety of stuff from Nora Jones and Trish Murphy to John Coltrane to George Winston to Rush. I told Aaron that I'd be back with my wife so she could listen and give final approval.
We returned and my wife loved the speakers, too. It's cool when she points out how good the soundstage is - she's learning. Since we had to order speakers Aaron suggested we take the demos home and make sure they sound good in our room. If we're still happy, call him and tell him what finish we want and he'll order us new ones. If they didn't work out we could apply the money to something else in the store or get a refund.
Here's were it's interesting (at least to me!). When my wife was auditioning the RS6s they sounded good but not as good as they did the day before. Since we were back in the square room I attributed it to the room. When we got the speakers home and set them up (hooked to an NAD receiver) they sounded good but I was actually a little disappointed. They sounded very forward in the midrange and voices sounded kind of nasely. Soft, acoustic stuff didn't sound so bad but harder stuff (Rush, Greenday, the Donnas or Concrete Blonde for example) sounded terrible. I took them into the other room and plugged them into my Parasound HCA-1500 and P/LD 1100 preamp (that I normally have Maggies plugged into) and they sounded better.
Then I remembered something Aaron said. He said that sometimes some receivers to weird things to the phase of the speakers and, if I didn't like the way they sounded, to switch the speaker wires (plug red into black on both speakers and vice versa). Instant improvement. There were the speakers that I auditioned on that first day. I was amazed at the difference reversing the wires made. The speakers are not out of phase to each other; I made sure to switch black and red on both (and the center). Voices immediately became clearer and they sounded a little brighter as well. I asked my wife if she noticed anything different and right away she said the voice (Natalie Imbruglia this time - guilty pleasure) sounded different. So, she could hear the difference to. Harder stuff also sounded much better as well.
So, all the people who tried the RS6s and didn't like them, maybe they were wired wrong.
Here's something else interesting: These speakers set off the glass break sensor in my den. Generally if I play a movie loud enough, explosions and the like will cause the sensor to trip but not all that much. These speakers cause it to trip all the time, even with regular music. I've seen other's post the frequency response from some review and it shows a big spike at the far end of the (high) spectrum. Glass break sensors detect very high-piched vibrations (glass breaking) so maybe that's it. I can't hear that high (too old) but the sensor seems to verify that graph.
So, am I crazy thinking the speakers sounded better after reversing the wires or is there really something to that?