Hi guys,I have not posted here but maybe twice and pm'd Nuance a couple times.
I received my st's (dark walnut) a few days ago,but had not have a chance to really listen to them until yesterday and a little today.Being somewhat new to this hobby,I'll try to give my first impressions of the st's.
First,the finish is quite good something along the lines of the ______ 22l's,eventhough I have some slight imperfections w/mine (which I will email Jim about).Also, the audio gear I'm using are the 905,ps3,and xpa-5.
I loaded the sample cd from Jim Salk and too me it did not take very long for the speakers to break in (30 min. maybe).I was comparing these speaker to my ______ 7002's and imo the st's have a little more natural and refine sound to them,especially in male and female voices.This might be because of the differences in tweeters used in each speaker(st's uses a soft dome and 7002's uses a aluminum dome).By the way, Ray Charles sounded great w/Elton John and Bonnie Ratt on the sample cd,I might have to go to Barnes & Noble and listen to some songs by him.
I played all types of music on the st's and 7002's from Steely Dan,Sting,Carpenters,Pink Floyd,Billy Joel,Korn,Radiohead,STP, and James Taylor to name a few.IMO the st's were better w/the softer music and 7002's were better w/more aggressive music. Next, I tried HT applications for the st's with the Blue Ray movie The Day after Tommorow. Again, imo the 7002's were better,you can just hear more sound effects from them. It might be because their bipolar (2 5.25 drivers and tweeter front and back) and built in sub.
I have a few closing thoughts:
First, Imo, the st's are better speakers for music, but not a very loud levels they lose some of their luster.
Second, there is no contest in the looks department,the st's won this hands down,beautiful HQ furniture looking speakers (If that makes sense), plus your choice of veneer.
Third,is the price, the 7002's are more expensive 2400 retail ,less thru ID.
If someone is more into music then Ht,then I would recommend the st's over the 7002's.Of course, this is only my opinion and should be taken with a grain of salt and to me the best way to listen to speakers is in your own house w/your own audio gear.
Hopefully, I made some sense, I was never good at writing,better in math and science.Also,if anybody lives near the New Orleans area and would like listen to the st's,just send me a pm.
Can anybody tell me if their st's came w/any sound deadening treatments,mine did not.You can look in the back port and see if you have any or if your hand is small enough you can feel for it.I will try to post pictures and spend some more time w/st's when the kids are not home.
Again, sorry for the bad writing and grammer usage