I've followed this thread for quite some time (since last year) and decided to join the forum and post some of my impressions as a relatively new Swan owner. The only reseller in my country (MYC Hifi) actually has his dealership in my town and it's a 10 minute drive there which made me very interested in the end of 2011. After listening to 2.6F and one of the smaller models I was very impressed and as a new F1.1 model (the F1.1A) was hitting the market 2012 I decided to give them a try, my hifi room really needed something big and powerful. My dealer has "buy & try" which is a really great option, though I would feel quite bad returning such expensive speakers since he ordered them especially for me and I doubt a lot of people have room for them. I used to have the Energy Veritas 2.4i (+matching center and surrounds) which truly is a great speaker, but my room has a lot of acoustic treatment and I really felt that I needed more punch and bottom. 6 months later (!) they finally arrived, about a month ago.
First of all, they come in 4 boxes per speaker, a total of 8 boxes (+one box for the F2.3C center speaker). And the boxes are HUGE and HEAVY. Luckily the dealer helped me drive them home on a trailer, and they really occupied the whole thing. The center channel had to travel in my car.
Me and my wife really struggled to get them into the hifi room even though they come in different sections. I had to call my brother in law to get the top sections in place, they demand both strength and lenght.
The very first record I played put a huge smile on my face. Damn! Right out of the box(es) they did sound awesome, which is not very common. Of course they improve from day to day, I guess they've played around 100-150 hours by now. Despite the large woofers the bass is very tight and controlled, the midrange is fantastic and give voices the right definition and presence, and the treble presents all the details without being to energetic or over-emphasized (it's just there, without drawing unwanted attention). For a 4-way speaker is very homogeneous, it's impressive how all these drivers blend together.
Here's an overview picture from my hifi room:
More pictures can be found here (Swedish text):
http://www.minhembio.com/d00mEdited by d00m - 7/15/12 at 5:51pm