Awhile back I bought a pair of R3 rosewood surrounds and dissected them rather thoroughly. This included a rather lengthy conversation with Jon at TAI. There didn't seem to be much interest in the subject at that time, but if anybody is interested now, here is a link to the first post and subsequent follow-ups are just a few posts after:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post14993253
Why this post? Recently I got a pair of R3 surrounds in black cherry....and I dissected them as well. Here were my findings:
1. Just like in the past, the speakers were packed wonderfully. Actually, the new packing form-fits the speakers, so it is even better than the prior packing. For the first time, I actually got white gloves (thank goodness as I was beginning to get "glove envy" *lol* after owning so many Swan speakers and not getting any white gloves). Also, included was a large quantity of speaker wire (I'm guessing around 100ft). On the downside, they are now packed in plastic bag material instead of the prior cloth "sack", but that is purely an aesthetic issue from what I can tell as the plastic works fine.
2. As I've said before, these speakers are very nice both from a build and aesthetic standpoint.
3. Unlike my prior R3s, the new R3s are a true, traditional bipolar design. This is in direct opposition to what is stated on the ozhometheater.com and swanspeaker.com websites (they call them dipole). I notice that the TAI website no longer states the exact configuration of these speakers and am guessing that is possibly due to my prior analysis and following discussion.
4. The speakers now have a new all-in-one crossover (see pics below) whereas the old version had the crossover network in two separate sections.
5. Before installing these speakers, I checked SPL levels on the old R3s, then I installed the new R3s in the exact same location hooked up to the same AVR (Onkyo 805)....basicallly EVERYTHING exactly the same. Strangely, I had to bump levels around 4db in the Onkyo to reach the same level with the new speakers compared to the old speakers. Only thing I can guess is that the older version had slightly more efficient speakers?
6. It could be psychoacoustic, but these speakers seem to have more detail and a crisper (in a good way IMO) sound. This could be due to an improved crossover design, slightly different driver specs (?), or again, it could simply be psychoacoustics at play.
Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. Here are the pics. The first shows the speakers in their "dissected" status and the second shows the new crossover. By the way, the speakers had polyfill inside, but I temporarily removed it while looking things over.