Reviewers find the SM45 to be a better sounding more balanced speaker than either the SM65 or SM55. Stereophile recommends the SM45 and SM55 but not the SM65. YMMV I have a pair of the SM45s around here I bought at a very decent price. My question is are these speakers worth the typical selling price.
They are real speakers though you can do a lot better on something else if you are willing to fork up the $400 the SM45s sell for..
Build quality on the 45s is nice. I have not tried them near-field.
Used or B-Stock and clearance merchandise gets you so much more for your money. I had intended to use the Definitives at my desk but a pair of JBL HLS-610 monitors popped up on CL right by the house for $75...Kind of big for the desk but they sound awesome and for $75 hmmn.
I will try the SM45s at my desk but I doubt they can hang with these older well regarded JBLs which were considered value champions in their day.. I think the 45s will end up as rear surrounds at my brother's house where the fronts are matched Mythos. otherwise it will be eBay. I have too many speakers and unless they surprise me near-field they will find new homes. I don't dislike the SM45s but I question if they are worth the retail or street price. Since the 45 is probably a better speaker than the 55 and 65 they are even more of a value question.
I would add that the Definitives are very nicely sculpted pieces and fairly smooth sounding but they are not extremely accurate. They appeared to get plenty loud in my bedroom but for they just don't compare to USHER S520s at about the same price or get remotely close to the JBL Studio 530s which were recently available for less than the SM45s which are usually sold at SRP. The JBLs Studio 530 gives the NHT Classic Three trouble value wise and overall. Interesting when you consider the Three is on promotional pricing, a speaker at one time called the best speaker under a thousand dollars. Kind of weird because I have never liked horn speakers but the Studio 530 is worth its full retail price and more ( I like it very much. The used HLS-610 are very much is the same vein are also very nice sounding no harshness and not fatiguing.
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