Hey everyone, Let me start this off with the fact that I'm not a professional speaker reviewer nor possess a variety of speakers so my basis of comparison may be a bit limited. I'm mostly used to polk and infinity so BA's were different for me. With that said, I was thrilled to get my CS26s in the mail today via the friendly folks at UPS. My first impressions as I took them out of the protective plastic bags were that they were solidly built, handsome in cherry, and heavy for their size. My amplifier is a stereo receiver, HK 3475. When I hooked them up, I was happy to hear very well defined highs, as I turned down the treble to flat on the receiver, and good midrange. Male vocals and guitars sound especially good though the speakers. The bass was a little lacking since they claim they go down to 52Hz- It was there, but not very loud. I adjusted the bass up a little on the receiver to compensate. I was expecting a little more bass from them. Makes me want to go out and buy the matching subwoofer now! Perhaps they need some breaking in yet, or better speaker wire. I first tested them out with YoYo Ma's Simply Baroque CD and was impressed to hear, on the second track, a deep cello sound which sounded like it were resonating through the cabinet wood. I tested them on Nirvana's "Nevermind" and was glad to hear every nuance of the band's instruments and even some unnoticed mistakes that went unheard before! I found acoustic guitars and male vocals were especially strong. Techno and electronic sounded good as well. I tested them on NIN's "year zero" and some Paul Oakenfold. I think the highs are really accurate on these speakers. Maybe I'll think about getting that subwoofer in the near future next. They still sound great w/o a sub. My old speakers were Polk R15s and the tweeters were blown after about a year so these speakers are a big improvement! They are also not very big, which is a plus for me because they're set up on my desk and decided not to go with Polks in the same price range since they were about 12" in depth- way too big to fit on a desk, much less a bookshelf. These are about 9" in depth and make a good fit and look really great too. I Would recommend them, but also with the matching subwoofer.
post #1561 of 2848
12/17/08 at 10:25am