Meridian DSP 3200 + AC 200 - Third time Active Speaker Disappointment
Either I am going this all wrong way or I am not meant for actives!
With the disappointment of AVI ADM9T (not the latest version) and the Dynaudio Xeo5, I have decided to give another chance for Active speakers with Meridian DSP 3200 + AC 200.
I went with my wife for audition and had already filled her head with the technical prowess of DSP 3200 - about how active speakers make it easier on power amplifier, how a 400Hz cross over is so important (I read some where on HDD forums by Ashley about the crossing over and in my head I remember it that it is important not to cross the drivers in human voice range to avoid unplesant dips - I might be wrong), how the speakers can work near walls etc etc
I used my Macbook Air to connect via USB to AC 200 and played all the songs that we heard many times at home. The speakers were free in the room on a wide table (looked audiophile enough - heavy and no vibration) along with AC 200. It is about 3-4 feet into the room and we were sitting some 4-5 feet away.
Out of the box, Meridian sounded excellent bass for their size. My wife has to ask few times if there is a sub conected somewhere..
Apart from the convenience of a small size, there is nothing more to write if I have to write positive. Ok, the finish and build are excellent.
What we did not like are the overpowering mid bass, soundstage was somehow felt wrong and voices went very much behind the instruments. At home with out any tweaking we hear the singers clearly and balance of the instruments to voices is normal / correct and with the system Meridian has put in it was quite behind. There is no musicality or seperation of instruments. If some one had told me that it is a Mini / Micro system sound, I would have just believed it.
We were told that the system was not run-in enough and we were also told that since we never heard correct bass, we feel the speed of the bass as higher volume of the bass
I would give the benefit of doubt about system not run-in but still..
I almost thought that I found the perfect system for me to go with my relocation but I did not expect such a big disappointment.
For now, I will stop chasing actives (though it is a pity that with Classe CP-800 a beautiful & simple system can be set up but alas for now I give up)
Also, this unforked path of passives speakers (atleast for now), put me on to explore different kind of speakers. Immediately on radar / soon to be auditioned are Anthony Gallo Strada and Vivid Audio V1.5
I am aware that there is a huge price & size difference but I want to see what would my current maximum budget will get me to.
in the mean time, KEF R300 are brilliant !!