Originally Posted by gajCA
It sounds like your personal experience is not what the WhatHiFi review had to say namely "Bass lacks weight and authority Overly forward treble."
After having listened to these for a bit, I can see how WHatHiFi came to their conclusion. If I were judging these strictly on their own for 2 channel without regard to their intended use, I might say something similar.
That part about about increasing the volume for more bass doesnt make a lot of sense. You cant increase the volume and expect only the bass to get louder. It is a bright speaker and as you increase the overall volume, at some point its going to get harsh.
What I did was use a Schiit Loki to bump up the bottom a little to see if it could sound more balanced. As is the case when you boost frequencies, there were side effects. This helped the bass a little, but at the expense of midrange detail and overall headroom.
So...... I have decided Im not going to take measurements and Im not going to do a review. Im just not interested in this speaker enough anymore to put in the effort. They did impress me with their midrange detail and the highs are definitely way forward but they also had good detail. Listening to this speaker reminds me of a small outdoor concert. Great clarity and detail but the bottom end is lacking. It can fool you some times with some stand-up bass notes, and what bass is there sounds really good but there is no way I would ever be satisfied with these in 2.0 even in the smallest room. Their published specs have to be a typo. There is no way these are getting down that low, even in a closet!
But thats really the thing, these are not meant for 2 channel. These are designed to work well as surrounds and/or with subs. As I was listening I was thinking a Rythmik L12 would pair up very well with these. Thats the kind of midrange detail they have. The "Rythmik sound" would compliment these perfectly.
Overall, If you like forward sounding, metallic domed tweeters that put the performers and instruments up close to you. If you appreciate midrange detail. And if you plan on using them with a sub. You might want to audition these. I can see how these contributed to Mark's glowing review of the towers and these would be a no-brainer choice as surrounds in a system with the towers.
They really do need to fix the published specs on these. Its misleading for no reason. I knew they weren't going to go as low as listed but Im betting they arent even going to 45-50. Lots of speakers are rated -3db at 45Hz and have very satisfying bass in a small room.
Dangit, I guess I just did a bit of a review. Oh well...