Originally Posted by alphaiii
Just out of curiosity - the specs state the cabinet is 8.6" deep. Is that including the grill, or without?
I was thinking about a pair of these for my office. They'd be on stands flanking my desk, but they'd be right up against the wall - so the front porting would be an advantage over getting the Cambridge s30.
On a side note - what were the results of comparing the Carnival 2 and RC-10?
The cabinet is exactly 8.6" deep without the grill and 9.00" with the grill.
Comparing the Carnival 2's and the RC10's (these comments are in relation to each other, not absolutes):
Carnival 2 - Mid-forward. Hint of lower mid warmth. Very linear and even midbass to subbass ratio. Top end is smooth and a little bright. Extension and resolution across the spectrum not as good as the Energy. Within it's range the M-S is flatter, more even, without any noticable flaws, valleys, or peaks. A flat, mid-focused signature for sure.
Energy RC-10 - End-to-end extension is excellent. It goes deeper and extends much higher the M-S. The midrange is laid-back. There is a definite smile curve to the frequency response. Lots of punch and rumble make this a very warm speaker. Very dynamic. The top end has a ton of sparkle. Very resolving considering the amount of bass and laid back mids. Pretty impressive. A technically better speaker.
I am going to keep both. I am going to pair the carnivals with my ultra12 sub in the living room. The forward vocals and smooth top will be great for movies.
The RC-10's will go in the bedroom where a sub is not needed. The energy is like a mini "sound system" all by itself.
These are so different it's hard to pick a favorite. If I was forced to keep only one pair it would probably be the energy's. They are just more dynamic and exciting. However, for a more relaxing, accurate experience, the carnivals are impossible to beat. I'm gonna keep listening to both. These are just some initial impressions after a few weeks of listening.