DCM TFE100 Floorstanders - Very good sound and dirt cheap right now
Got some DCM TFE100’s yesterday from pricedrightsales.
First off, I was surprised and impressed with the extra box reinforcement that pricedrightsales added to the boxes – heavy cardboard corners and plastic strapping (see pic). That took some time and care. I’m impressed with pricedrightsales in general – great customer service and communication.
The TFE100’s have impressed me so far, with one caveat. The have prodigious bass for a small floorstander – maybe too much, at least where I have them placed. They are in the unfinished portion of our basement where we have our exercise equipment.
They are on 30” risers that I built a couple years ago to get floorstanders’ tweeters closer to ear level when standing (see pic). The backs of the TFE100’s are about 1 foot from the wall. Raising the speakers 30” from the ground should reduce boundary reinforcement, but the bass coming from them is a bit fat. In a normal room and on the floor, I think they might need some significant distance from the wall in 2.0.
Running them in 2.1 crossed over at 80-100 Hz eliminates the bass heaviness.
As far as midrange and treble go, they sound very balanced and detailed to me. The tweeter is very nice – significantly better than the TP series tweeter, IMO. They are also not as bright as the TP160S. When running in 2.1, the overall sound signature reminds me very much of my Polk LS90’s. Basically, in 2.1 with the bass balanced, I can find no real faults with their sound, and could live with them. Having owned dozens of speakers that cost a lot more than these, this is saying something.
Compared to the Klipsch Forte 1 in the same location, well, the Forte 1 are more dynamic and have significantly higher sensitivity. The Forte might also have a bit more pronounced midrange. I would be happy with the Forte 1 or TFE100 in this system.
BTW, the rest of this basement gym system consists of a Denon AVR-2807, two JBL SUB 550P, and a Sony BDP for my personal FLAC library and Qobuz FLAC streaming over UPnP.
Given that the TFE100 can be purchased for $225 a pair right now (pricedrightsales website with additional 10% off), they are a steal and offer impressive sound quality for such a low price.
A few comments on their construction and looks:
I think they look pretty decent. Because they are somewhat short and narrow, they do not call much attention to themselves.
The sides of the cabinet sound a bit hollow with the knock test. However, at their price, I would not expect a super rigid cabinet.
The grill requires removing 4 hex screws and retaining clips, so these are going to be 100% grills-on or grills-off speakers.
With the relatively low tweeter position, one may need to devise a way to angle them back for normal floor use.
5.1 and 2.0 ch: Marantz AV7704/Emotiva DC-1/Rotel RB-1582 MKII/Audiosource Amp Three x 2/Polk LS90, CS400i, FX500i/Outlaw X-12, LFM-1/JVD DLA-HD250/Da-Lite 100" HCCV/Sony ES BDP/Sonos Connect. DC-1/RB-1582 MKII/Sonos Connect also feed Polk 7C in garage and Dayton IO655 on patio. 2.1 ch: Denon AVR-2807/Klipsch Forte I or NHT SB2/JBL SUB 550P x 2. 2.0 ch: Outlaw 975/Outlaw M2200 x 2/Klipsch RF-7 III/Sony ES BDP/LG 65" LED. 2.0 ch: Klipsch Powergate/NHT SB3. Kitchen: Sonos Play5.