Originally Posted by GTaudiophile
And then last but not least: the 260s. The cheapest of the bunch. I was somehow preparing myself to be disappointed. I was wrong. My goodness. The 260s easily bested the other two in terms of filling that spectrum of sound. The bass was there in spades, much more so than either the D7 and especially the 23. The high-end clarity and smoothness and openness certainly bested the other two. Though the mids were not quite as rich as the PMCs. Otherwise, I walked away re-affirmed by my decision. The 260 simply offered the entire package.
Wow, is this audition right in my wheelhouse GTA! The Spendor Ds, are reported to not be your "Dad's Spendors"; in other words...they're supposed to have more a$$ to them
The D7 has been getting good pub...and I'd love to try some D1s myself.
Not to sound like a PMC fan-boy (though I am, lol); but you might make an argument, that mid
-range is the most-important "section"...to get right? Most of us don't want to admit it...golden ears and all; but how many hear 20-20k anymore (please...that's a rhetorical question; I don't need to see your last audiologist results). I'm not going out on a limb, to say...most "music", is in the middle somewhere.
Now, that being said...I'm not an idiot; I understand how high and low FR, affect
the mid. In fact...my own journey, with Dyn, PMC, Spendor (as well as KEF, and Harbeth...thrown in for good measure)...has shown a light on it. This is just my opinion
; and this is an oldie, but goodie...I am no scientist, nor electrical engineer. But what my ears, and experience tell me is...I don't think most people, are really hearing much information in the 20-50 range. I think what we perceive
to be heavy, or solid...or good bass; is really more mid
-bass. In fact...if I'm being honest; I don't always understand, some of the published graphs and measurements, from like Stereophile. But I do know they often speak of a mid-bass hump...especially in smaller speakers, trying to achieve more bass than they could "naturally".
And that's fine; but there is no question in my
mind...and again, based on my pretty substantial experiences. That (mid) bass...smears
the mids! Especially in a 2-way design, where you have no dedicated mid-driver. If you think about it...how could it not? So I think some speakers...and yes, PMC and many of the Brits...which is where I now lay my head; by design
accentuate mid-bass. So they seem
, bass-shy; but they're really not.
Case in point; GTA...I'm sure you'd be surprised to find, the 20-23 is rated down to 29Hz...the 260 32Hz. Don't get me wrong...I know, they don't sound
it. I have FACT 3s. If you were to ask me what I think of them...part of my summary would be to call them a little bass-light
. The measured FR is down to 35; that plenty deep, for a stand-mount (the Focus 160, is 44 by comparison). Again...did I mention I'm no engineer? But just as your arm-chair audiophile...it seems to me, as if the PMCs are just much, much "cleaner"; in the bass and mid-bass. This keeps them from "smearing" the all-important frequencies above them; and are, as such...the
most resolving speakers...I have ever
laid ears on
Now...if you're going to take that
approach and design-philosophy; don't go heavy-handed on the lows...accentuate the middle. You don't exactly want
a "hot" top-end either, right? How would that sound...light bass, "hot" top-end?
So I think what you heard, from these 3 fine speakers; is spot on...and is typical, of the trade-offs we have
to make. There is no
perfect speaker. Almost by definition and physics...if it Rocks, it's got to suffer somewhere else; really
great in the Mids...probably doesn't Rock hard. I don't think of it in terms of "better"/"worse"; different strokes, and all that.
Nice review; thanks for posting it!
Originally Posted by Borderdog
Dyn is no more stale than PCM, Focal, Legacy, etc., etc.
Currently, I think the most progress has been in headphones and ear-buds.
I do not know, this "PCM" you speak of
If you mean PMC...they've introduced 2 new lines
; the Twenty and FACT, in...I would say...the last 5 years. Spendor have the aforementioned Ds; and let's not even mention KEF.
It's probably a good thing, you think the innovation to be had these days...is in headphones; 'cuz that's where Dyn is headed. J/K