What’s more, it’s a clean, measured and refined presentation that makes longer listens welcome.
They do feel a bit lightweight far from a wall, however. We found that forsaking a more expansive soundstage by moving them close to a rear wall is justified by a more assertive bass presence.
But even then, bass notes lack some depth and seem a touch divorced from the solid relationship between the midrange and treble.
This is a more noticeable hindrance to upbeat, bass-driven music where rhythm is key.
Put them head-to-head with their direct rivals, the Dali Zensor 1s (also £200) and that lack of drive makes Wyclef Jean’s Perfect Gentleman feel oddly tame – we much prefer being rapt by the Dali’s giddiness as a result of a finer balance between refinement and excitement.
The S-CN301-LRs may not induce as much head-bopping as we’d like, but their distinguished, spick-and-span sound, insightful capability, and way with words will work wonders for anyone with a music collection that isn’t very bass-driven.
And with a nicely finished neat design, they’ll surely be as appealing to the eyes as they are to the ears.