sooooo..... I went and auditioned some speakers on Saturday. This is how it went.
I made a CD with 16 different tracks of varying types of music I like and of various quality. Some were converted 320 mp3 and some converted FLAC because that's more realistic to how I would be using them at home.
The source was Audiolab 8200CD, 8200 pre/power.
I started with the Monitor Audio RX1 which were the speakers that I really thought I was going to buy after hearing them the weekend before. I listened to the whole CD to get a reference point.
I did like them and thought they were very detailed and snappy, also thought they would take lot of beating but I was still wanting to try the RX6 for a bit more bass depth.
As soon as the RX6 started playing it was immediately obvious that there was a welly load more bass weight which I loved but I also noticed that a lot of the air and sparkle had been removed and replaced by the lower frequencies. I still really liked them though. I think if I had a larger listening space and didn't have neighbours on the floor below I would be very tempted by the RX6.
The next speakers to be hooked up were the PMC DB1i in black ash. They looked great and sounded even better. It took me a couple of tracks to get into them and to adjust. They were also new out of the box so weren't and still aren't run in, but after a couple of tracks I realised that they were leagues above the Monitor Audios. Nothing was out of place, There seemed to be more detail, more imaging and the speakers just seemed to disappear. I just wanted to sit there and keep listening. The sound seemed so natural and easy to listen to. All vocals and instruments were very well organised and uncluttered whether I was listening to John Mayer or John Digweed. I also preferred the type of bass they give. They just sounded a lot more grown up and expensive. I know that they are over double the price but they actually sounded like a lot more than that to me.
I then went back to the RX1 just to make sure I wasn't talking myself into wanting the more expensive speakers. I was right, all of a sudden, the RX1 were sounding very bright and trebly, male vocals sounded thin and elevated. Quite unnatural compared with the PMC. I probably wouldn't have thought this and been very happy with them if I hadn't gone and listened to the PMCs.
I then swapped the RX1 for Kef LS50s, I didn't want to leave the shop without hearing what all the fuss is about and I was really quite surprised, I didn't like them one bit. They had a deeper bass that was taught and fast but I didn't like the sound of the bass. I'm not knocking them at all, I might just have completely different hearing to everyone else. They look great and are well build but just not for me.
So, I have bought the PMC DB1i and am going to collect them on Satruday, one other speaker that I didn't listen to that I forgot about at the time is the Dynaudio X12 so I have arranged to have an A-B with the PMC and Dyns on Saturday when I go and collect them.
I do have to say that I am very impressed with how welcoming and accommodating Frank Harvery always are when I go in there. I can highly recommend them.
Whichever speakers I end up with (Most likely PMC DB1i) for I'll be a very happy chappy
Music: Rotel Ra-1520 amp, Kef R500, Audiolab M-Dac, Sonos Connect, Atlas Equator Mk3 interconnect
Films: Yamaha YSP2200
Well done excellent choice
You have just described very well how PMC speakers completely disappear and just leave natural sounding music , they are truly wonderful speakers
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"Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." Albert Einstein .
Good report, I will try the PMC DB1is next demo if I can after being underwhelmed by Rega RS1s and B&W CM1s last week. However that is pushing my budget up somewhat.
I'm looking forward to getting them home, running them in and just enjoying them.
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