Update on the comparison speaker. I said goodbye to the Salon2's as they were picked by the freight company all strapped on the pallet and on their way to a new home. As I said before, if I had a better sounding room, I would have kept them. But the 228Be and the 226Be's sounded sooooooooo incredible in combo with some room correction. Yea, I've heard better. But a solid B++ kind of sound using "inexpensive" electronics.
But I have to drop one more pair. So I sat down listening to track after track after track for 4 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed my time listening with a couple of glasses of white Pinot Noir. A couple of noted points. I gave the Arcam some grief about messing up the distances (left speaker and right speaker were off several feet off). And during our listening session on Monday night, I could hear a shift (voices towards the left side). More bugs, right? Well some idiot (me) clicked the internal mic versus the Arcam mic. Operator error/incompetence.
I will correct that post.
I switched the 228Be and 226Be back and forth multiple time. And I kept on coming to the same conclusion in my
larger asymmetrical room with some slight reverb (more noticeable when I crank it) sounded too close. Might I say a tie? Now I am not saying they sound the same (bottom end). I am saying in my room I don't care. I'm a capitalist. I'd love to say "the 228Be definitely
sounds better". But I can't. I wonder if the larger motor assembly is so damn good on the 226Be that it is responsible for energizing the room with authority? Both speakers rolled off sharply at around 30Hz. This is in stark contrast when I compare a bookshelf speaker. Last year I tried the Be bookshelf. Even with a sub/sat combo, it was at least a letter grade inferior on the bottom end. Complements of my larger room.
So the 228Be's are next to be booted out of the house and into the garage. Now my mind wandered. I had the F206's a couple years back. My flawed audio memory thought they didn't have enough impact. Maybe the difference was the 226 drivers are showing their prowess over the 206 drivers? Or maybe my memory is so flawed. Still. I think it would be fun to re-compare. I was going to bring in another F36 Concerta 2 for the loft. But maybe the walnut F206 might be the ticket. Then I can compare and see how far off my memory was. So I decided to place an order today. I would like to also try the F208's for fun. But I know the speaker is too large for where I am parking my rolling rack and needing to have the speakers closer to the front wall. And it is a PITA to box and re-box.
Putting it another way, I factually heard a pretty big bottom difference between the F206 and F208 in this same room. Yet, I didn't hear a difference worth noting on the F226Be and F228Be in my room
. Could it be the drivers? Or was it my flawed audio memory? Hence, the F206 order was placed.