Got a few hours of listening on the DCM TP160S.
First, I’ll say that these speakers are no joke when it comes to value! Thanks to zieglj01 for discovering these!
I’ve tested a couple dozen pairs of bookshelf speakers in the $350/pr
and below range, and I agree that these hold their own in terms of sound quality and don’t have some of the design and quality control issues I have experienced with some other models in the $350/pr
and below range.
For example, I always test speakers at a fairly high volume level to see how they hold up as the volume is pushed. With these DCMs running full range at pretty loud levels, I could not detect distortion, resonances, and woofers bottoming out. That is pretty impressive for sub $100 speakers.
For reference, I found JBL 530’s woofers to bottom out and pop at moderate levels – immediate deal breaker. I also had some Infinity RS162 and one had a bad woofer (scratchy) out of the box. I’ve also owned much more expensive JBL floorstanders that had serious design and quality control issues. Net, I can’t recommend JBL or Infinity speakers anymore.
Sony Core’s sounded congested and resonant as the volume is pushed. Def Tech SM65 woofers would also bottom out at times, surprising given the dual woofers. I could go on, but the point is that these DCMs seem to have a pretty robust design and no quality control issues out of the box.
Regarding the DCM’s sound, I think they are a bit forward in the treble. Cymbals and acoustic guitar are a bit more prominent vs. other speakers that I consider more neutral. The treble is not harsh or fatiguing, but it sounds a bit boosted to my ears. At the same time, the tweeters don’t sound as natural and resolving as some of the speakers I’ve owned in the $350/pr
and under range. Combined with my boosted treble perception, overall, the treble is not the best that I’ve heard in the $350/pr
and under range. However, this is a nitpick because the DCM’s are $80/pr
when I bought them)!
I think the Polk S20 is a better sounding speaker overall, but the best deal I’ve seen on them is $160/pr
for refurbs…so still 2 times the cost of the DCMs. I picked up a pair of used NHT SB3 for a little more than the going price of the DCMs, and the NHT are superior in every way, IMO, but they retailed for $600/pr
and were considered a good value at that price.
Net, these DCMs are a great value and very hard to beat for the money, unless you find a killer deal on something used.
I’m now curious about the DCM TFE series.