Originally Posted by Rudiepoo1
Ok, just thought I'd follow up with everyone on our little Swan meet last night. First off a big thanks go out to Alan for his generous hospitality and hosting Jesse & I. Great meeting you Jesse, looking forward to those pictures of your rosewood 6.1's
All right back to the night. First off I have to say that pictures really don't do justice to the 6.1's especially the BC finish - very nice and well made. From the piano gloss end caps to those sexy drivers and cabinets this is one well built speaker. From the numerous look overs I gave these, everything was perfectly finished. Alan basically let me take over the controls in relation to some demo material that I had brought over. He put that nice logitech remote in my hands and basically said "enjoy". This was really a listening session built around the 6.1's and then adding the C3 center later on to get an idea of the overall front soundstage presentation. The 6.1's were ran full range, while listening to some Fionna Apple here voice transferred over with nothing added, just clear notes rolling off of her lips and into our space. I thought the bass was very clean as well and not boomy or overshadowing the other sonic characteristics.
Next up was some Metallica S&M (Symphony & Metallica). For those that don't really follow them this is Metallica with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. There can really be alot going on with this disk that's why I like using it. From the two guitars being played by James & Kirk, the bass being hammered by Jason, and of course drums by Lars, bringing in the orchestra on top of it....wow. Seeing & hearing an orchestra play so fast while being able to hear the separation & integration of the various instruments was very well portrayed through the Swans.
Skipping ahead to still one of my favorite scenes, the Matrix lobby scene. From the whizzing bullets to shattering marble I was impressed again that the sound was easily able to be disected and really enjoyed what that C3 was providing as well. It should be noted that we initially used the 6.1's just in stereo mode full range, then later on added multi-channel stereo but removed the surrounds to again get an accurate feeling of what that center could provide. What a very well integrated and fulfilling front soundstage.....very easy on the eyes as well
Jesse should be posting some pictures shortly if their not already up but it's great to be able to share will fellow enthusiasts this hobby, passion, addication we all seem to enjoy!
thanx for typing all of that. now i don't have to. so i will add. and thanx for the beers
Alan was a great host, thanx man. very nice home.
now, down to business ...
the speakers are impressive looking. the BC finish looks pretty darn good, much better than i expected. as was said, the previous pics don't do it justice. looking at them, the "fit & finish" was great. i got "in their face", and noticed 1 thing. i won't even say what it was. because it is a non issue, and not even noticable unless your anal. (did i just say i'm anal ?). note : i could'nt/did'nt see the backs = spikes on hardwood floors = i'm not asking to move them.... grills off, looks great. the only thing i would change, is to make the bass drivers a little more gold looking (as some of the pics here suggest they are)... grills on, wow, very classy. they did their homework on making them look good. drivers are hardly seen behind them (in the lighting that was on). spikes look great..... tweeter mounting. some have had issue with this(in this thread). me, i think it is looks just fine. and it is nothing but an aesthetics issue.
now, the sound :
the sound stage was great. i was sitting more in front of the left speaker (gotta, and going to, get a pair of recliners like those), and i could hear the right speaker very well. not a perfect blend (for my listening position. his normal is much farther back), but a tic of a toe in would fix that i bet .... 2 things that i noticed. the bass was not as pronounced as i expected, and the midrange was more pronounced than expected. speaker design/performance, room, receiver settings, personal preference, idk. and not a real issue.
matches perfectly. my only issue. for my listening position. it should have been mounted more forward (see pics). but for Alans normal position = no issue.
Denise said that i had ordered this set in rosewood. that is top secret info.
so, Denise. i will have to kill you now. can i come over to your house
do you have any more beer ?
now, the pics ...........