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I can't agree the Music Hall Marimbas are bright sounding. They're a warm signature for sure. Yes, the tweeter itself is sharp sounding, but it's very tonally neutral and accurate to my ears. It's not at all forwardly integrated with the woofer either, and in fact one of the biggest criticisms I read of this speaker is that the highs are too recessed (though I don't agree at all). The midrange on these speakers is amazingly good, especially vocals which sound incredibly lifelike. Easily the best midrange I've heard from a speaker.
Compared to the Diamond 220s, which I also have, the 220s have richer, smoother, and lusher highs, but they're not as tonally neutral and accurate as the Marimbas, though I certainly enjoy listening to them. The 220s are on the warm side of neutral, where as the Marimbas are for sure a warm signature.
In the OP's original comparison, it's not fair to compare the Marimbas to the other speakers because they all have 6.5" woofers, where as the Marimbas only have 5.25" woofers.
At any rate, I recently re-set up my Marimbas and I think they are a very fine speaker indeed. There's a 'magic' to the balance between the woofer and tweeter that's hard to describe, and instruments such as the piano, strings and brass sound very real. I listen to mostly hi-rez classical and jazz with no EQ or signal processing, but some pop also.
Last edited by RWetmore; 03-03-2018 at 07:28 AM.