Originally Posted by Molon_Labe
Yes, it was subjective, unscientific, and just my redneck opinion. Both my eyes are open and I know exactly what is being played. I have no ax to grind, since I own both. The Salon2 may simply be a superior speaker than the 228be, but if I recall the 228be does very well in blind testing against the higher tiers of Revel (maybe not). The M2 can play without a sub and dig deep. The Revel is shallower and thinner than M2 in the low end. I had forgotten what speaker "strain" was with the 4722 and M2. The knob rotates and it is just effortless. I rolled the volume on the Revels and I detect it being "loud". It wasn't breaking up or anything. I am probably doing a poor job of explaining it. The M2 and 4722 could go to dangerous levels without realizing it was "loud". I bought the Revel for 2 channel listening. I was expecting it to be more musical than the M2. In my subjective opinion, its not. Different ears, different rooms, etc - I get it. We all like what we like.
Yeah, there is definitely more bass with the M2 or Salon2. Have the F228Be and Salon2 in my house, so have compared those as well. The Salon2s have pride of place in my theater with the SCL2 in the wall. Same feeling regarding the SCL2 as I do with the M2, but of course you need a sub (or two, or four). Sadly, right now the F228Bes are in my office - they come out for demos. Terrific speakers, but my house is so overloaded with speakers I have no room for them anywhere else
I will be setting up an SDP75 sometime in the next week or two and will be able to directly A/B the SCL2s with the Salon2s, and any other speaker. The 75 has a lot of versatility, that's for sure.
As you can imagine, over the years we've compared a ton of speakers. Right now I can pull out and compare:
Crazy, huh? All in my house, lol. The 308Ps are in my mix room.
What amp are you using? I have played the Salon2s and F228Bes to earsplitting levels with my ATI AT6003 without any strain. However, I do feel that the Salon2s still sound a bit smoother on top than the F228Bes even at intense volume levels (which is why I still prefer the Salon2s).
Good track that shows off Salon2 (and SCL2) dynamics - Infected Mushroom, Never Mind.
And for whatever it's worth, all of the above speakers are wonderfully musical
I also listen to a lot of orchestral (I am a sometime film composer by trade), and it's the silkiness in the strings that really sells me on the Revels. I think Floyd's thoughts on the predominance of direct sound of the M2 holds true here - that's why strings sound a little "dry" on them. It's interesting that the SCL2 - with its broader dispersion - has more of that silky sound than the M2, IMO. And why I noticed the same thing with the M2 vs. the LSR708 - the more focused waveguide on the LSR708 also resulted in a dryer sound vs. the M2.
But the nice thing here is that all of these speakers can be counted on to be neutral, without any unwanted or unnecessary colorations. It's kinda like the choice you make to acoustically treat your room - if you want a dryer, more direct sound, absorb first reflections. If you want a more spacious, open sound, leave them alone or add diffusion. Season to taste.
FWIW, I chose to split the difference - my room is neither live nor dead, based on some input from Floyd and Gerry LeMay.