Originally Posted by thirdeye11
I had "oldtexasdog" over to my house tonight to audition the SongTowers. He had previously listened to B&W 683, Vandersteen 2a Sig (I think correct me if I'm wrong here) and a few others.
We listened to a Stevie Ray Vaughn live performance, as well as Brian Setzer Orchestra "Live in Japan. Neither recording was perfect and the SongTowers revealed the flaws of the recordings. I felt that Vaughn was a little "raw". Not surprising as it was recorded "live" in 1972 but what stood out the most was the clarity of the vocals. Mike (oldtexasdog) felt that the word that kept coming to mind was "CLEAR". He kept repeating this word and that the midrange "was definitely there". I felt the strongest aspect of the Vaughn recording were the meaty male vocals. So real and when they were playing guitar, bass, and drums all together it was just divine. All the details were there reproduced faithfully. Each instrument felt like it had its own speaker
The Setzer recording to me was way too bright. Aside from that though I really did like the guitar work here. He was the only amplified performer on the stage, and you could very clearly hear his fret work or fingers sliding across the strings.
I feel like I get the most time to listen to these speakers with music when I demo them to other people
Mike told me the one thing he stil loved about his speakers was "the surround sound" but when I put in 300, with all 5 Salk speakers and the Epik Tower playing I think he suddenly realized what's currently possible in home theater
I heard a lot of "oh my god"ing during this time and it was truly awesome to hear the surround effects of the battle scenes. The subwoofer is also ridiculous in this movie.
Enough about all that, just wanted to share my thoughts of the evening. Now to finish my New Belgium Trippel
EDIT: I also should mention that Mike felt that the B&W 683's offered almost "nothing" in comparison. He said they were not even in the same league. At $1500/pair the 683's couldn't hold a candle in any department to the SongTowers. The Vandersteens he mentioned sounded great and he found a nice deal on some used ones. He felt that their "sweet spot" was very narrow compared to the SongTowers. He even once walked up to my SongCenter to make it was not playing
The soundstage apparently was so huge it was hard to believe
Chad, Thanks again for your hospitality!
In retrospect you have narrowed my selection down to 2 as I have yet to audition the Totem Hawks.
Your assement on the B&W's is correct. The Song Towers are just so much better in range, and the sound field, I feel, there is no comparison. The B&W 683's have been eliminated.
Now, between the Song Towers and the Vandersteen Ce SigII, that's a horse of a different color. I do not say this lightly. The difference between the ways the two handle sounds is total different. Meaning, two totally different sounds. The Vandersteen is diaphanous while the ST's are direct and clean, both a beautifull experience. It's hard to put into words, but I will try, while the impressions are fresh in my mind. The ST's give you the feeling that you are right there where it's happening, no BS, no coloration, very clean, (at any volume we listened to, are the neighbors still trying to measure the Richter scale?
) Some might feel this is harsh, just like someone that just tells you like it is without prejudice, and I find this refreshing, whether it be in my women or speakers, because it keeps you on top of what's happening if that makes sense.
The Vandies, on the other hand, remind me of a perception of sound I had once when I had been severely burned and the hospital gave me a big shot of morphineJ I remember laying on my sofa and it seemed I could not only hear a pin drop but hear it dropping. The feeling was that the sound surrounded you in a soft cloud with every detail present, and while you could tell where the sound was coming from, it was not a point in space, as it tended to move and vibrate. A beautiful way to listen to music, but not to listen to movies in surround. Also, as I have come to understand the placement and equipment used, (down to the wires and biwiring), can affect the ability to achieve this particular state. My room placement is limited, so I think, rather than take a gamble, I will pass. Now next weekend on to the Totem HawksJ
This is just my impression and believe me I abused my ears in my misspent youth at many a concert that left them ringing for days.
Shoot, we used to lay on our backs at the end of the runway at Love Field in the 60's just to watch and hear the jets go over us.
I wish to thank everyone again and will post my thoughts on the Totems next weekend.