I have been a music nut since I can remember. I got my first stereo component system 38 years ago. My first surround system was a dolby pro logic receiver with 5 mismatched speakers. I have been to...
Very detailed sound, great imaging
High gloss cabinets can reflect image off screen, not a budget priced speaker.
I have been a music nut since I can remember. I got my first stereo component system 38 years ago. My first surround system was a dolby pro logic receiver with 5 mismatched speakers. I have been to a lot of audio dealers and Axpona last year in search of some reasonably priced (to me) speakers. I have heard some astonishing systems with price tags to match. I have also heard some very underwhelming speakers, ones that had solid reputations. I saw a review last year for the 7t's last year in Stereophile last year which was very complimentary. I have read some others as well, all very positive. I have been meaning to take the 4 hour drive to my closest dealer to hear what all the fuss is about. A like new pair came up on the used market at a very good price. I did something I thought I would never do, spend more than a few hundred bucks on speakers I have never heard. It was purely an impulse buy. Oh my God, what have I done? Would I kick myself all the way to the bank?
The speakers arrived via Fedex freight. I asked the driver if I could check them out before signing for them, he helped me unbox them. He was very impressed with the shipping boxes as was I. I normally don't pay much attention to how a speaker looks but was struck by their appearance. Fit and finish were nothing short of first class. He even made a comment "boy, those sure look nice. I'll bet they sound good too." I schlepped them into my basement and connected them to my Mcintosh MC252. I ran audyssey xt32 on my Marantz AV8801. It set them top large, I changed the xover to 40hz. I played some familiar music and played around with placement. They are 3' off the rear wall, 8' apart with a slight toe in. It took a few days to set aside uninterrupted time just sitting and listening.
I have always been a music first person. I listened to some of my favorite go to tracks and some newer ones as well. I listen to a variety of music, mostly slightly mellow rock and Jazz. Fire up was Dr. John with "there's no on like you" from a record he guested on with Double Trouble. I was immediately struck by their imaging and transparency. These are the most detailed speakers I have ever heard. That is great on good recordings, not so much on lesser ones. I played them for about two hours straight, kept thinking "oh, I gotta hear this next on these." The area they occupy is 15x30 and is open to a hallway and a small alcove. The bass bass very clean and accurate but lacked the slightest bit of deep impact. The mids and highs are nothing short of sublime. Of course they also sound fantastic on movie soundtracks. I just got the cc3 to go with them which is a very good match. Nice, cohesive front sound stage. I could go on and on but just read some pro reviews, they can speak more about the inner details than I can. Suffice it to say my search has come to a blissful end.