Originally Posted by rjhythloday
Any comments on the sound of the 406?
I just hooked up my S406 setup last night. Got to play for a few hours. I am coming from an A330 setup with an E center channel that I have had for the past 7 years or so. I did not try out the surrounds that came with the package. I probably will keep my E center hooked up as it is a much heavier and better built speaker with 4 drivers than the center that came with the package. Last night I used the following setup:
S406 mains, included S center channel, C dipole surrounds to right and left of sitting area, A330 height speakers in PLIIz configuration, and a Jamo 10in down firing sub that came with my A330 set. My room is about 18 x 20. Paired with my Denon 1910.
For a $230 set, I was quite impressed. I know it is not broken in yet, but bluray and TV sounded quite good to me. The 406 towers were the main reason I ordered the set and they definitely filled in the range I felt I was missing by not having floorstanding speakers. The A330's just didn't have the dynamics that larger speakers do, but I have been very happy with them for the past 7 years. The center channel sounds quite clear for the price and size. I'm gonna try it out for a few days then switch back to my E center to see how they compare. If it was my main center, I would not be disappointed based off of what I heard last night. Toy Story 3 sounded great as did my Chickenfoot bluray.
I did switch to 2 channel stereo using just the 406's and the sub. I stream my audio files from my mac to my tivo via pytivoX and streambaby. I know I am listening to compressed files so audiophiles would frown on me for not using an actual CD. My wife and I sat for about 2 hours listening to music and I was very happy with the results. I don't know how they would sound without the sub, but low end was great when paired with it. As others have said, I would definitely use them with a sub. 406's were very clear and tight. Big step up from my wall mounted sats.
For the price, I don't think anyone could even think of faulting this system. If it were $500, maybe. For $230, it's a steal.
Hope this helps a little.