PC based setup - Neutron Five 2.1
I've been living with the AVI Neutron 2.1 system for a few weeks now and if you've read any of my other posts on this forum you'll already know that I love 'em. It's an 'all in one' system that includes a DAC, 3 x 100watt amplifiers, Neutron V speakers and a 10" sub. I bought it brand new for just £900 and for that price the quality is just astounding. I've heard quite a few seperates system in hifi shops and this beats anything for under a grand by a mile and it even sounds better than most systems that cost £2000!
They sound very natural and uncoloured like studio monitors - but just because they don't add any of their own 'character' to the sound doesn't mean that they're boring because they aren't. They're very dynamic and detailed and will pefectly convey any emotion that's been recorded in a song, they just won't add any extra emotion of their own.
I use them for near-field use at my computer and they have a great stereo image although this does improve slightly when setup for mid-field listening. The way the sub intergrates so smoothly is amazing too. It never sounds directional, it just extends the lower frequencies of the stereo speakers and adds weight but without any of the 'boom' that you normally get with subs. It just sounds tight and tuneful with music unlike most other subs which have clearly been designed to be loud and boomy with movies.
Looks wise they aren't anything particularly special. They're very smart and well finnished but they could do with a bit of extra individuality IMO. The build quality is all top notch though and I like the shiny piano black finnish which looks good and expensive. It would've been nice to have the option to have wood vaneers though.
Overall, for the price it's an absolutely amazing system which I'm very happy with. I no longer have that itch to upgrade and I expect I'll be enjoying this system for many years to come.