I received mine in 2 days from the eBay seller! A nice birthday surprise Monday afternoon!
I like the dark cherry finish more than I thought I would. It blends very well with the furniture in the room, and obviously looks much more expensive than the price paid. (Dark cherry is a good description and they are well depicted in pix online. I guess I was afraid they would be lighter in person.)
I hooked up the L&R to do a quick 2.0 head-to-head with my Boston CS26. (Need to get iso pads for the bottoms, and spade or banana plugs before installing full time. Using bare wire under the binding posts doesn't allow for a solid connection with the bi-wire jumpers. I should've thought of that ahead of time.)
I turned off Audyssey and gave 'em a spin with some music I know pretty well. I'm no audiophile. Just my novice impressions...
They do seem to have Slightly elevated highs. Not harsh, maybe "lively", "engaging", "exciting"? Not sure of the right adjective. But I liked it, and I hate super bright speakers. I didn't notice any of the cringe-worthy sibilance that I am Super Sensitive to being Subjected to!
To me, the upper end sounded very similar to the CS26. And I suspect any boost perceived pre-Eq will be tamed by Audyssey. I never had any issue with the CS26 sounding too bright, even in a small room at stupid loud levels with speakers almost in my ear. I don't think I'll have Any issue with the TP160S.
Where they really shined was the mids/upper bass. More forward, more detailed. Nuances and mistakes in the recordings I never noticed before jumped out!
Their imaging is great! Vocals from both speakers were solidly locked in the center and front of the stage. But the TP160S was noticeably better at putting additional depth and spread between other instruments. I never had any issues with the CS26's imaging. I still think they are very good considering their original price and size. But head-to-head, the TP160S portrayed a larger and more detailed soundstage from an equally small and even less expensive speaker.
The CS26 had more low bass than the TP160S. And in the music I was listening to, I liked the extra oomph the CS26 added without a sub. Maybe the TP160S is more neutral, and I was hearing some boosting in the CS26. And I'm sure the TP160S needs more than 30 minutes to really open up. Like I said, I'm no audiophile. Not saying this is a bad thing, just a thing.
Super excited to get everything hooked up and dialed in! Thanks again for the heads-up on a super deal!