Originally Posted by miller8b
So, Einstein did you get to have more listening sessions with the Swans vs. the Danas and if so has anything changed in your mind?
I can tell you that now I have only the Dana 640is as I've returned the Swans and the Ascend Sierra-1 NrTs. I don't think any of these speakers were bad speakers and could have lived with any of them but when you are able to have them sitting side by side and can compare apples to apples in your own room with your own equipment you can really tell which works best for you and for me it was the Danas! I'll try to get more detailed when I have time, I've been pretty busy lately.
I'll get over to the new official Dana site at AVS soon.
Nothing really worth mentioning. I've been busy trying to finish up an online class. I'll be sending the Swans back soon. I'm just hanging on to them a bit longer because I have a couple people who want to hear them, and I want to hear them in a bigger, livelier room. Jon Lane feels they're more suited to a bigger acoustical space rather than the small, tight room I've got here, so I want to try that out.
I emailed Jon recently about a particular album I listened to on the Danas and I thought those following this thread might find it interesting:
I bought an album (In Living Cover
) on iTunes last night from Jay Brannan, a popular unsigned singer/songwriter who basically made a name for himself on YouTube, as many artists have done. I was really looking forward to hearing it on the 640is. It's all self-produced on his shoestring budget but with just vocal, acoustic guitar, and some bass and strings for flavor, I thought it would really be stunning on the Danas. It sounded nice on my AKG K240 headphones (very standard studio cans that are fine for casual listening but too bright to my ears for serious work).
As it turns out, I put it on and within seconds I decided that while his performance is outstanding, the recording sounds listenable but disappointing because it sounded like instead of using good condensers on the vocal and guitar, he used cheaper dynamic mics like maybe an SM58 on vocal, maybe a 57 on the guitar. It didn't have that big, open, airy, natural, in-your-face intimate sound that usually characterizes properly recorded singer/songwriter stuff, though it seemed he was going for that sound. I found that really interesting because (while of course I have no idea what he actually used or where he recorded it) I didn't just feel like it wasn't mixed well or the EQ was off or something. Rather I recognized the character of specific types of microphones that I suspect were used, and it was glaringly obvious to me, not subtle. Of course I should recognize those sounds as I use them myself all the time and it's what I do, but it was enlightening, and encouraging, to see how quickly and easily I heard those things on the 640is. There were differences between the different songs too, as though he'd changed mics or simply mixed them a bit differently. It then occurred to me that he probably did record the thing in his basement -- I contacted him a couple years ago and offered to record him very cheaply, simply because I was so impressed and heard such promise in him, but he had so little to work with, he politely told me the only price he could afford was "free," lol. (He also didn't know me from Adam so that may have factored into his reply.) Switching back to other material I knew was recorded properly, the difference was massive. It really showed off the surgical precision, detail and accuracy of the 640is and made me really look forward to the first project I get to mix on them.
BTW I'm not saying it's a bad record or not worth buying or anything like that. It's fine, and he's a really unique and interesting artist. I just found it interesting how deeply into the recording I can now look with the 640is. Felt like a scientist who just got a powerful new microscope! Lol. (I'm going to be really embarrassed if he contacts me and informs me he spent a fortune recording it in some major studio.