Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Mountain Lakes, NJ
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I’ve probably got 20 hours on my S400s now, and I’m really starting to love these speakers. In the room I have them in, which is fairly lively, they have a really nice tone...perhaps just a tick on the warm side of neutral. Most of the reviews I’ve seen state how big they sound for their size, and that is exactly true. It’s remarkable how dynamic they are for something so small. I’d highly recommend you try them without your subwoofers for awhile.
I don’t think they are the last word on picking up minute detail - without doing a direct A/B with the standard S2, I do think the S2 reproduces subtle breaths, lip smacking, crowd noises, etc., better...which I think makes sense and is probably predictable. But, I’m happily willing to sacrifice that for the dynamics, soundstage, bass and just overall engaging sound the S400 has. I think it’s probably the best I could do in the room I have, and with the requirements I had (within a reasonable $$$ of course)...we’ll see if that changes when the S2-EX is up and running in a couple of weeks (delivery is 8/6).
Last note, compared to the S300...it’s not even close. Mine will be up for sale soon. I’d recommend anyone doing the S300 vs. S400 debate, save up the extra $400-500 and go S400.
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Stereo: Buchardt S400, Van Alstine Vision SET 400 & Transcendence 10RB, Schiit Bifrost.
Home Theater: Ascend Sierra 2 EX for LRC, Sierra Luna’s for rear, HTM-200s for front and top Atmos. Dual PSA 15S subs. Denon X6400 with Parasound HCA-1500A driving mains.