This question is directed to Monkuboy:
Monkuboy, you have the OMD Mirage speaker selection that I am considering buying (15's, 5's, C!). I currently own a complete set of Polk Audio Lsi's (Lsi9's, FX's, C). Although I love the sound of the Polks they are almost too directional for me. You really have to be right in the sweet spot to hear them best. Also, because they are 4ohm speakers, it takes some power to push them. Most that own them say that they sound the best when biamping which would necessitate the expense of purchasing two separate power amps.
Recently, I purchased a set of the Mirage Nanosats.....and wow! Now I am interested in pursuing the OMD's like you have. My thinking is that the OMD's will sound even better than the Nanosats, and and the OMD-15's may get somewhere near the bass response that the Lsi9's have. Also, they may need less power being at 6ohms.
What I would like to know is what speakers did you previously have, and now that you have the OMD's are they all that you want them to be.....is there any critisims? Now that you have had them for a while is there ever any thoughts about going back to a conventional type speaker? What about the fidelity on these? From lows to highs are you pretty satisfied with the sound? Everyone talks mostly about the omnipolar sound without as much talk on the actual fidelity.
Thanks in advance,
Soundwise: The Rockets are decidedly the least of the speakers I've had in recent times.
The Swans D2.1se's are excellent speakers. I am amazed at what good bass response they have - very tight, visceral bass (you can feel the pluck of a string bass), no boominess whatsoever. They have very good balance and are beautiful, too. The shortcomings are the rear port makes them kind of fussy about placement (they have to be quite a bit away from the wall) and also, they are not real efficient so you need a powerful amp to drive them properly.
I thought the Emo's were on the bright side (the 6.2's and ERM-1). The 6.3 sounds more like the Swans than the other Emo speakers. The Ninja upgrade made them sound better but they were still a bit too bright for my tastes. For example, cymbals come off as being overly bright, if you ask me. They're really efficient speakers and can play loud, and also the build quality is very good. Emo doesn't skimp on any of the parts, even the screws. Unfortunately the flat black finish isn't the most fancy look, but I still like them.
Then I visited the Hsu headquarters and listened to the HB-1 Mk 2's and ended up buying 5 of them that day. Pete Hsu is a great guy - he let me play a bunch of tracks from CD's, explained things, and basically was a great host. The Hsu's are amazing for the price and personally I like them a bit better than the Emo's. While they have horns, they are not at all harsh and don't sound like horns. They have a nice balance. The negatives is that they do have a somewhat boxy sound on some recordings.
So now, the Mirage speakers: One thing I noticed is that they are all very well matched timbre-wise. And you don't have to sit in one place for a sweet spot. You can walk around the room and they sound good no matter where you are; this doesn't mean you can't localize the instruments or vocals - they still do this very well. Personally I think they do better with a sub. Music sounds great on them but when I add the sub (Hsu VTF 2 Mk 3), it adds the kick that is missing from the very bottom of the OMD 15's. Aside from that low bass, the 15's produce the rest of the spectrum very well. I'd say they are faithful. The center and the 5's do an excellent job as well but they are just lacking in the bass section. What I get from them is an open, natural sound and there is no notion of sound coming from boxes. I can't say that about the other speakers I've had. I wouldn't characterize them as boxy sounding (the others) but on the other hand, I knew I was listening to speakers in a box, if that makes any sense. The OMD's do not give that impression.
The Swans have a much tighter, analytical-type sound to them, with instruments and vocals being very well defined. The Emo's sound, well, looser I guess. They are brighter but lack bass. You definitely need a sub with them. With a good sub, they put out a very lively sound. The Hsu's are sort of inbetween the Emo's and Swans. I feel very fortunate to have had all these speakers (in fact I still have the Swans in a 2 channel setup and the Hsu's are in the garage). But, if I were to choose which ones I feel are the best overall, it would be the OMD's. I am very satisfied but like I said, I do think they are better with a good sub. In my opinion they do have very good fidelity. The C1 is really clear with dialog. Even with the omnipolar setup, I have no trouble at all discerning what is being said. All of the speakers are the same way. I give a big thumbs up all around on these speakers - sound, looks, build quality and fidelity.
That said, there are other speakers I am curious about, but they cost a lot more than the OMD's so I will just remain curious about them. Gee, sorry to write so much. I hope that was helpful.
Oh also, I am driving the fronts with an Emo XPA-2 and the center and surrounds with an XPA-3. The speakers can play plenty loud and the amps don't break a sweat. They are pretty easy to drive. The center seems more efficient than the other ones.
(hope I didn't put you to sleep..)