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I finally broke down and chose the RS6 after 3 weeks of auditioning different speakers. I'm further impressed by them when I played them at home. The bass is tight and excellent, with quite a slam - the kind of bass you can feel when the music has it, even though I only played at moderate volume ~75 db. They replace my 14 yr old JBL that have a 10" woofer each. I'm amazed that a couple of 6" woofers on the RS6 can perform so well. This is quite an engineering accomplishment.


Now the midrange, it is very good. I can hear the words sung by the choir - crystal clear, like I hear them on the Sonus Faber floorstanders. Well I'm not saying that MA is equal to the Sonus Faber but that MA can perform well in this area. You see, I am not afraid to audition speakers I cannot afford but I regard the Sonus Faber as a sort of reference since I don't have real life performances to use as a reference. Well actually the Sonus Faber sound transparent but it's not a fair comparison since the Sonus were driven by Macintosh power amplifiers, while my humble MA are driven by a Denon receiver that costs $400. It is not that the MA is not transparent but that the Sonus sound more transparent but that's beyond many people's budget, or what many people are willing to spend for music reproduction.


Now in the high treble area, the MA sounds airy without sibilance, with the treble at -2 to compensate for the lack of "burn in" or "break in".


Overall the speakers sound smooth, crystal clear and neutral. As MA stated, they are "as close as it gets" (to real performance).
 

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Thanks for the review Nick. Did you get a chance to hear the RS8s? I've heard people prefering the 6s, but wanted your opinion, if you had one.
 

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Welcome to the MA club! I recommend playing with the speaker positioning - slight toe-in, nothing big in between the speakers and some distance from the walls. The MAs image very well and positioning helps get the best out of them.


Do you have the MA SLCR as well? I have the LCR and Silver 5i for mains and sound great!
 

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Thanks for the review Nick. Did you get a chance to hear the RS8s? I've heard people prefering the 6s, but wanted your opinion, if you had one.

To be honest with you, the RS8 sounds fuller and the bass is clearer but I was not willing to pay 50% more for the RS8's bass. If I needed the bass, I can just turn on my sub. I think for most of my music, I can do without the sub, and that's why I chose the RS6. But if you listened to pipe organ music 50% of the time, then you would want the extra bass of the RS8. Also, in a small to medium size room, the RS6's are good enough. I like the lower tweeter and midrange heights of RS6 in a carpeted room since it is better acoustically in my opinion.


The RS8's playing Nora Jones, sound fuller than the RS6's. An RS8 has 2 woofers. The manual does not publish the xover point but I am guessing it is near 300 hz give or take 100 hz. The lowest female voice is a tad under 200 hz, and that may explain why the RS8's sound fuller. You would have to listen to them for yourself to see if that's worth the extra 500 dollars.
 

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Welcome to the MA club! I recommend playing with the speaker positioning - slight toe-in, nothing big in between the speakers and some distance from the walls. The MAs image very well and positioning helps get the best out of them.


Do you have the MA SLCR as well? I have the LCR and Silver 5i for mains and sound great!

I have them positioned with a slight toe-in, different distances from the rear wall and front wall.


For music, I just have a pair of RS6. For HT, I can switch to the "A" speakers - all Boston Acoustics CR series bookshelf speakers for fronts, center, rear and surrounds, plus my 11 year old JBL PS120 acoustic suspension sub.
 

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Hi,


I finally broke down and chose the RS6 after 3 weeks of auditioning different speakers. I'm further impressed by them when I played them at home. The bass is tight and excellent, with quite a slam - the kind of bass you can feel when the music has it, even though I only played at moderate volume ~75 db. They replace my 14 yr old JBL that have a 10" woofer each. I'm amazed that a couple of 6" woofers on the RS6 can perform so well. This is quite an engineering accomplishment.


Now the midrange, it is very good. I can hear the words sung by the choir - crystal clear, like I hear them on the Sonus Faber floorstanders. Well I'm not saying that MA is equal to the Sonus Faber but that MA can perform well in this area. You see, I am not afraid to audition speakers I cannot afford but I regard the Sonus Faber as a sort of reference since I don't have real life performances to use as a reference. Well actually the Sonus Faber sound transparent but it's not a fair comparison since the Sonus were driven by Macintosh power amplifiers, while my humble MA are driven by a Denon receiver that costs $400. It is not that the MA is not transparent but that the Sonus sound more transparent but that's beyond many people's budget, or what many people are willing to spend for music reproduction.


Now in the high treble area, the MA sounds airy without sibilance, with the treble at -2 to compensate for the lack of "burn in" or "break in".


Overall the speakers sound smooth, crystal clear and neutral. As MA stated, they are "as close as it gets" (to real performance).

The RS6's truly are a bargain at that price. Personally, I am also a fan of their sound. I am glad you are enjoying them as that is the most important thing. Have fun!
 

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Along the same MA line here if I could...........


I'll be demo-ing some GS10's and GSLCR for my front compliment of speakers (LCR) this week. They will be in some combination or all one flavor of those mentioned.


Has anyone used the GS or GR 10's for a full compliment of front speakers as well as a full LCR of the GR or GS LCR speakers for front line audio?
 

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The RS6's truly are a bargain at that price. Personally, I am also a fan of their sound. I am glad you are enjoying them as that is the most important thing. Have fun!

Surely I am having fun and enjoying music.
 

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Welcome to the RS6 club, I bought mine last year and definitely have no regrets. For their price range, and I auditioned many speakers in the same price range, I found them to be the best



Have fun.
 

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Welcome to the RS6 club, I bought mine last year and definitely have no regrets. For their price range, and I auditioned many speakers in the same price range, I found them to be the best



Have fun.

Thanks Kevin12586.
 

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I just ordered the RS6s in cherry yesterday. Getting rid of my old NHT 1.5s, which have served me well. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute to this thread in the next few days.
 

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Ok, I haven't spent a whole lot of time with them yet, but so far I really love these speakers. I am immediately struck by the balance of a huge, sweet soundstage, but yet the detail is amazing. The transients are what I'm really not used to-- everything is just so quick and crisp, both in the bass and midrange. I feel like I've been listening through molasses for years!


Like swwg, I am powering these with a midrange Denon receiver-- the 2803. I have a nice Velodyne sub (F1200R), but for the time being I've turned it off, so I can get a handle on just what the RS6s will do in the bass area. So far, I'm really impressed-- tight and clean.


Oh, and they're really beautiful too. The cherry finish is just gorgeous.
 

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Hello all,


I just ordered the RS-6's (light oak). I'm a two-channel purist, and from the reviews I've read I think (and hope) that these will sound good according to my tastes, and will mate well with my tube amp.


I'm happy with my front end equipment. I have a Rega Jupiter CD player, A Cayin A-88T tube integrated amp, and Speltz's Anti-Cables for speaker cables (awesome cables). But the speaker department I've had some difficulty dialing in to what I will be happy with. The speakers I've had were:


Von Schweikert VR-1's - crisp sound but not much bass


Von Schweikert VR-2's - overpowering bass, not the best midrange


Currently Usher X-719's - excellent bass for a monitor, a bit recessed midrange and somewhat muddy highs


From what I've heard in reviews the RS-6's sound better than the 8's, at least for two channel music. The 6's look about the perfect size for what I'm looking for.


I'll keep you posted on my opinion on speaker when I receive them and have allowed them to burn in. Happy listening!
 

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Hi,


Now the midrange, it is very good. I can hear the words sung by the choir - crystal clear, like I hear them on the Sonus Faber floorstanders. Well I'm not saying that MA is equal to the Sonus Faber but that MA can perform well in this area. You see, I am not afraid to audition speakers I cannot afford but I regard the Sonus Faber as a sort of reference since I don't have real life performances to use as a reference. Well actually the Sonus Faber sound transparent but it's not a fair comparison since the Sonus were driven by Macintosh power amplifiers, while my humble MA are driven by a Denon receiver that costs $400. It is not that the MA is not transparent but that the Sonus sound more transparent but that's beyond many people's budget, or what many people are willing to spend for music reproduction.

Great choice! While I own Paradigms, I just turned my friend onto the RS6's, the matching center and bookshelves for use as surrounds.


I actually like the MA series, from a sound quality perspective, BETTER than the Sonus Faber. Sure, Sonus Faber is Italian made, and composed of leather and exotic woods, but technically speaking, they are also rather colored. The Fabers are "voiced" to sound different, to make them stand out, but the MA's are actually more accurate.


Check out the frequency response graph on the RS6's from this Home Theater Mag review and notice how smooth and relatively flat they are.

http://hometheatermag.com/floorlouds...or/index2.html


Now look at the frequency response of this Sonus Faber Domus speaker. They may sound distinctive because of that dip in the midrange and the peak upper midrange, but they have a ways to go to be considered accurate.

http://hometheatermag.com/floorlouds...us/index2.html
 

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And you sir made an excellent choice.
You may be able to find speakers that have more extended bass response than the RS6's, but you won't find many that are more accurate within their frequency response range. Enjoy!
 

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Check out the frequency response graph on the RS6's from this Home Theater Mag review and notice how smooth and relatively flat they are.

i'm interested in the RS6, as well.. but a couple of things about this FR graph unsettle me:





most importantly, that spike up at 20kHz.. that looks painful. stereophile's FR graph showed the same thing.


now, i'm sure i can no longer hear up to that range, but my 4 yr old son probably can, and i plan to be doing quite a bit of listening with him. i don't want to either damage his hearing or teach him to be annoyed by music he should like, because of this harsh peak that i can't even hear.


secondly, MA rates the bass down to 40Hz or so (@ -6dB, i think), but this graph shows a steep drop off starting at 60Hz... that seems pretty poor for even a small floorstander, especially one with a dedicated woofer.


of course, i'll audition these to make my own decision, but that 20kHz spike still concerns me.
 

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Vic, I doubt many people can hear sound above 20 KHz, and if they can, they aren't as apparent as sounds below that region. I wouldn't worry about it unless your hearing is similar to that of a canine.
Of course, go with your gut and audition before purchasing; one should always do this.
 

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Yeah, I think very few people actually hear above the 17-18k range. I remember reading somewhere that MA improved the metal dome tweeter by pushing the frequency bump that they all have up-- higher, out of range of hearing. Most metal dome tweeters have that "bump" lower, where it is easily heard, and which causes them to be labeled as harsh.


I've spent about 4 months with my RS6s now, and I would not characterize them as harsh or bright at all. In fact, they sound sweet to my ears. (I'm coming from nearly 10 years with NHT 1.5s) Also, the bass extension is very impressive to me-- so much so that I don't miss it when I turn my sub off.
 

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Vic, I doubt many people can hear sound above 20 KHz, and if they can, they aren't as apparent as sounds below that region. I wouldn't worry about it unless your hearing is similar to that of a canine.
Of course, go with your gut and audition before purchasing; one should always do this.

reread my post.... i'm sure that I can't hear that high... but it's quite possible that my son can. and a 6dB spike is pretty dramatic.


let's say we're listening to music at 80-85dB. but the 20kHz is up at 86-91dB. it seems to me that that could potentially damage his hearing, and at the very least be quite irritating.
 
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