Hello All! First of all Bradley, can you give me the name of your store, I'm up here near Seattle Wa. and I'd sure like to give the 28's some Ear time sometime in the future.!!
I'll warn you first that this is a bittersweet story that has ended with me sending back my 'Second' Pair of OMD-15's (heretoafter referred to as 'the 15's), but it won't be the end of the saga.
A quick backround to my current setup. I've been using Infinity Kappa 600's (beautiful cherrywood finish!) for the past 5 or so years and they've been the most detailed 'natural' sounding speakers that I could afford, and I haven't been dissapointed with them. Their also the most expensive speaker system I've ever bought, $2200/pr. But as happens in life I came across the 15's by way of the V2 FS model that I saw in the latest Crutchfield catalog. I bought what I thought was a pair of the V2's from the 'scratch and dent' section but when the UPS truck came they only had 'One' speaker!! So I ordered another one, but 'new' because they didn't have another in the s&d section. Stupid move on my part because I was already soured by the experience. Well, I did play with the V2's and was Very impressed by what was coming out of those slender towers!! Way back in the very poor days I owned a pair of BIC speakers that used a 'Omni' design and although they were far from high end, I loved them and the openess that design had. So that's why these caught my eye.
But the one thing I thought to myself (without knowing about the new 15's that were coming out!) was 'If the drivers were a bit bigger and the enclosure was a bit bigger I bet those would Rock'! Well about a week later I was surfing the web and decided to check out the Mirage sight and saw the 15's!! Love at first sight man!! But $2500 is still a bit high for my wages, but I talked the wife into them being my Christmas present and she consented!! So with my refund from Crutchfield taken care of, I called them up and ordered the 15's (black). Got an upgrade to 3 day air and waited for the suckers to arrive at my door.
Well, without knowing much about Mirage's history, when I saw the 'made in china' on the box, I felt my stomach knotting up. (I dont remember seeing that on the V2's box) And when I opened up the box, the styrofoam they used was cracked on 4 of the 6 shipping pieces and I really was starting to feel sick, this is NOT the way a man should feel when getting new toys! But I unpacked the speaker and took all the protective wrap off of it and was just shocked at how beautiful this thing was!!! Just stunning! I must admit the build quality looked very good. So I unpacked the other one and positioned them initially according to Mirage's reconmendations. Now as I'm doing this, the Christmas tree is on and I'm really close to the speakers and I start seeing something weird on the drivers.....FINGERPRINTS!! Smudgy, oily fingerprints on almost all the drivers. I deduced over the ensuing week that I must have gotten a 'Scratch n dent' pair from Crutchfield! Back in the box They Went and I politely raised hell with Crutchfield, which I have to say right now is a Great Firm to deal with, they didn't give me any hasstle at all during all of this and they really could have thought that I was just a nut! And since they paid all the return shipping, that's a bit of coin that I didnt have to pay.
So then I got the 'New' New pair and same thing with the styrofoam, cracked in 4 places and the carboard needs to be a couple of rungs tougher. There were tears in ALL of the boxes I received and the carboard, even when tightly taped, were flimsy for this heavy an item. I played with them for another week, trying out different positions and 'breaking them in' with Johnny A's 'Get Inside' and a newly done remaster of the Stones 'Voodoo Lounge'.
Now to the meat: The 'Openess' and extra detail in the midrange and treble area's is almost alarming!! My Kappa's are no sludge in detail and I was taken aback by the 15's sheer audio 'Quality'. I was hearing things, little breathy detail things very clearly that were nowhere to be found in the Kappa's! I had been playing the Johnny A cd over the last couple of months everyday because Charlie, our cat, came down with a weird medical problem with his equalibrium and he seemed to really like this cd. (Go Figure), so I was pretty well aware of how it sounded on the Kappa's. But listening to it just flow out of the 15's (can the descriptive term 'delicious Midrange' be used here!!) it's hard to describe when, again, It didn't 'appear' to blow the Kappa's away (until I rehooked them back up last night, but that's later!), it just seemed 'more of everything', except the bass.
Although not lacking in 'extension', there is just so much you can do with a 5 1/2" driver. And I came close to mating the 15's with my two 10" powered subwoofers but I could not get that snare drum 'whack' to sound seemless, which is my test for seemlessness between the subs and the mains. But now I thought it was time to put the spikes in and see what effect that brought. I Started with the right speaker, nice spikes, beautiful in fact and very high quality. Then I started putting the spikes on the left speaker and in doing so had my trusty Mag light on to see the base portion better....BINGO.....WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?????? The plastic "Port" piece (between the bottom of the speaker itself and the base, which is about 1&1/2" from each other) was sitting on top of the base with little pieces of insulation dust around it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, this beautiful speaker is right here and all these pitally things that SHOULDN'T happen ARE happening!! I don't know whether it 'fell' out during shipping or they did'nt us good glue in China, but at $2500 this kind of rinky dink 'mishaps' is UNacceptable in this competitive day and age. So, this is why the story is bittersweet, I wanted SOOOO much to fall in love with these speakers, but the zits were just too much for me, so I sent the second pair back today.
Last night when I re-hooked up the Kappa's and put in Johnny A's 'Get Inside' and pushed play, And I heard, or didn't hear, the detail I had heard with the 15's, I just looked at the boxes that I would be sending back and just sighed......