Originally Posted by KSpan
The RC263 graph is the green trace in that link, so that seems pretty straightforward, but agreed though that it can be tough to directly compare different publications/reviewers. I treat the graphs as a general guideline to what I may hear with a given speaker.
Oh whoops, haha, didn't even notice that green line.
Since you mention the R263s though I really wish I would have gotten my hands on a set. While the Reference line, particularly at their sale prices, are steals at this point those R263s seemed like a major gem.
I have the R253s and I think they're great, although admittedly I don't have much to compare them to. I went for the smaller speakers since the difference is just like 1-2Hz of bass extension. Might as well have the speakers that are easier to move around, less visually imposing, lighter weight, etc. Of course the fact that they're slightly cheaper doesn't hurt, either.
I've been eyeing them at that same link for a lonnnnng time now, and even with as cheap as they are I already have the M16s, JBL Studio 530s, and a pair of Jamo S803s hanging around (along with Jamo S809s and JBL Arena 180s in the living room). Tough to justify another pair of speakers that dont' have a clear-cut use but can one really have enough quality speakers, and/or it seems it may be worth it to do to provide the direct comparison alone.
I've been thinking about buying a pair of refurb R162s for my computer, just to see if they provide more bass than the Ascend CBM-170 SEs that I currently have. I admit that it's a completely stupid idea, but very tempting. I have no idea how good Harman refurbs are... "refub" could mean almost anything depending on which company you're talking about.