Alrighty, maybe you can suspect i really liked what i heard - again. With that being said i will try to muster out some weaknesses as well - but it will not be easy
Ok again, the songs i listened more closely to was:
Joe Satriani - S.M.F. (Joe Satriani)
MJ - Man in the Mirror (Bad)
MJ - Billie Jean (Thriller)
Andy Mckee - Drifting (Art of Motion)
Nils Lofgren - Some must dream (Acoustic Live)
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (Brothers In Arms 1985 release)
Madonna - The Power Of Good-Bye (Ray Of Light)
ACDC - Honey Roll, the (Ballbreaker)
Rammstein - Zwitter (Mutter)
Tina Turner - Private Dancer (Private Dancer XRCD)
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car (Tracy Chapman)
------First of with Joe Satriani - S.M.F. (Joe Satriani)
This song was one of the songs played in the demo the first time i heard the Curves. I brought it more as a reference to test that it was not the Hegel amplifier that made the speakers sing so beautifully. And it wasn't
In this song the Curves shows of something that i think very few speakers could manage - and incredible tight, but at the same time furiously hard punch from the drums. The gitarr tunes coming from Joe is also presented in a great way. Just one of those songs that really makes the speakers shine.MJ - Man in the Mirror (Bad) & MJ - Billie Jean (Thriller)
I'll pack these two together. Man in the Mirror is my #1 reference song, don't ask me why, but it just (sometime long ago) started that way, and when you once played a song on 30 pair of speakers, you will want to continue playing that song. I know every little tune of the first 2 minutes of the song
First Michaels voice has to sound really vibrant and really take a step out in the room, then the finger flip (is it called flip?) and after that the bass punch which i want to be tight and hard. Lastly when the song really starts, there are some really low bass tones going, which are really hard to get sounding clearly.
Here the Curves didn't really excel that greatly, in fact I have heard a couple of speakers that does it better than the Curves, especially in the bass-region (for example the Dynaudio Sapphire and i think i would dare say, even my Dali Mentor 8:s). Michaels voice is great with that right magic touch. The first bass punches are good, not awesome, but really good. But when the deeper bass line comes, something is missing, i think the speakers isn't full range enough to really wipe the competition in this song.
Billie Jean it does much better, there is some heavy bass tones in this song too, but the problem more lies in getting the right structure in the punches which the Curves does easily - really great sounding here. A side note (imho) is that the bass in Billie Jean is really strange, they seldom sound close to each other on different speakers and different rooms..Andy Mckee - Drifting (Art of Motion) & Nils Lofgren - Some must dream
This music isn't very complicated for a great speaker. Andy and Nils plays some fantastic acoustic guitar. I only want this to sound as real and "live" as possible. The Curves really does this insanely well Andy is almost sitting in the room, there is sooo much structure when Andy picks his strings that i can't almost believe it! Nils song is good as well, but not as magic as Andys track.Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (Brothers In Arms 1985 release)
Well i hope you all know this one. Nothing spectacular, the dynamics is great, not insanely good, but in par with my Mentor 8. The crescendo when all the "i want my MTV" ends and the music really starts for the first time, at really high volume most tweeters really have a hard time to not distort. The Curves manages this without a problem.
Continuing in next post...