Have had a pair of these for a weeks trial and am rather dissapointed.
My system includes a Marantz CD6002 and a NAD C370 amplifier with Chord interconnects. The speakers were placed on 500mm high stands about 2.3m apart and well away from the wall. After a period of running in the speakers produced an overblown bass lacking in control which tended to add a colouration to female voices. (Madonna sounded very polite and mellow). The high frequencies are too faint and the midband lacks crispness. I also found the bass rather boomy.
I tried many room positions without significant improvement , however when I partlially plugged the ports with 50mm long pieces of B&Q 15mm pipe insulation there was a slight reduction in bass and a corresponding improvement in midband clarity. I then did an A to B test against a pair of JPW AP3's and there was just no contest. From the same tracks the JPW's produced a wonderfully realistic sound with controlled complex bass rythms, clear midband and an extended but smooth treble. I also tried a NAD C350 amp to see if the bass from the Bostons would be reduced but this had little effect.
Music CD's tried were mostly pop, easy listening, opera and a Beethoven Symphony. With the Bostons It was difficult with complex orchestral pieces to pick out the different instruments, whereas the JPW's laid out the different groups of instruments with great clarity and a satisfying wide soundstage.
I have therefore returned the A26's
anyone heard these speakers with Yamaha AS500 ? make good pair ?
i must choose between this speakers and Wharfedale 10.2,
which one sounds better with AS500 ?
I compared both A25 & A26 with very expensive cables, hooked to a HK 6550 - which outclasses amps like Roksan Kandy K2.All forum members were right - the A25 has considerably better detail, and you can recognize what instruments are playing even on a 128 kbps mp3, not only WAV / FLAC.When playing Helloween`s " I want out ", at the end of the song, there is a short bass solo - the bass licks were easily recognized on the A25.The A26 provided less detail and worse overall balance, the bass was overpowering and badly controlled, like a jungle animal that escaped from its cage.In a room of 15 square meters, the A26 was so bassy, that it washed away most of the other instrumental on various metal, rock, and eurodance songs.I am surprised that Whathifi, which I deeply respect, gave a higher mark to the A26.
Just an update on my A26 speakers. I'm now running them with a CA cd player and a new Pioneer A30 amp. Once again the A26 speakers sound great! I think they are excellent value and I'm really pleased with them. Now I just need a detached house to play them loud! An additional note - they are very smooth looking in the gloss black finish and go well with the rest of my gear.
So, about 120hrs later the Bostons have peaked.
Sources have been cd/fm/pcdac with 2 different amplifiers at times. The old-faithful NAD and a very clean Technics SU-V470 PXS.
The sound has settled in now and basically the most significant change would be the way sound is now projected off the drivers. They sound very subtle and ready to play the next note, but not at the expense of forgetting the end of the first. The treble has opened up loads and the rolloff bass is slightly deeper. Incredibly easy to listen to for 8+ hours.
They are now used with the Technics which has very clear and straight-cut tones with surprising spaciousness.
For their current price of 150GBP I really dont think there is anything new or old that can better them.
@Fari - I've used them for about 30% movies and its good! Vocals are easy to follow and dynamics are great.
sashavlad, Thanks for the good review you posted. I am considering these speakers due to the price and good reviews of both A26 and A360.
I'm using similar Denon components (hope to get a DCD825 soon) and also using Van Damme 6mm cable. I was wondering do you think the 6mm will fit in the terminals of the A26 speakers? Are your 4mm cables a tight fit - this should give me an idea? The 6mm cables fit fine in my Dali lektor 2 speakers I have.
Only other questions I have are - did you compare the A26 to other similarly priced speakers like the monitor audio bx2 or Dali Lektor 2 speakers? Thanks for your help
Blackdawn, sorry for the late reply, I don't come back here that often.
The 4mm cables fit unterminated with little room to spare so I guess the naked 6mm is the max size you could use. However if they don't fit you can always terminate them with banana plugs or spades!
I did audition the BX2, MX1, Aviano and the new Dali - and I still prefer the Bostons. The upper clarity of the Monitors will expose and humiliate lesser electronics, the MX1's have no magnetic shielding and sound warm (muddy sound) at close range, The Avianos sound tinny to me and for the new Dali - beautiful speakers - dont quite have enough bass. So i chose the Bostons and I'm still happy! Then again these are just my opinions.
Do enjoy the Bostons!
Hi Sasha, Thanks for the reply. I've had the Boston Acoustics A26 speakers for a few weeks now. Still have not been run in a great deal yet but so far am really happy with the sound they produce. The 6mm cable fits unterminated which is a bonus. Thay generally have more bass than my Lektor 2's and seem easier to drive. The speakers are at least 15 cm from the back wall. Overall, very happy with the results.
After about a month of listening and debating I finally opened my wallet and got a pair of these (in cherry, which is actually more matte than internet pictures would have you believe). Good looking none the less.
Very well packaged in individual boxes, so no chance of matching or consecutive serial numbers. At their current price of 150GBP I'm not moaning!
Unpacked and installed on a long bookshelf with many pigeon holes. Not ideal but it prooves that they are very flexible with positioning. I'm using Van Damme Studio Blue 4mm2 unterminated cable btw.
They are hooked up to a 1989 NAD3220PE (recapped), Denon DCD825 (moded) & Denon TU260L2 with Cambridge Audio 500 interconnects. A good, basic system I would say.
Out of the box they sounded dull as expected but after about 5hrs of various cd's (best way to break in is to play damn music!) they opened up quite a bit. As per WHF's review they are bassy and paired up with the darker (warm?!) sounding NAD I thought I bought two subwoofers! So I just turned the bass down a little and all transformed. I can't describe the sound better than WHF's review.
However I can say that I am very very pleased with my purchase (no placebo I swear!) and would greatly recommend them and if you can set them up better than my restricted setup I'm sure you would get even better performance integration.
As I use them more I will add to this review.
To Fari below - they would pair well with your Yamaha if you call it bright. The bassy Bostons would balance out well IMO.
@sashavlad - enjoy them, I'm still waiting for my pair. I do agree that, in principle, the bassy Bostons should match Yamaha AVR...
Looking forward to your extended review
I recently had the opportunity to audition this set of speakers, and was really impressed. Not that I am an audiophile (actually, i am quite new to this world).
My local dealer allowed me to compare them with a pair of Q Acoustics 2020 and Monitor Audio BX2, and for the kind of music I took (Interpol, Oasis, Dvorak) my ears preferred the Boston Acoustics A26 without any doubt.
Having said that, I'm not sure whether they are the best option to pair with my AV receiver (Yamaha RX-V771). Any thoughts on this? Will these 'american sound' speakers match my 'japanese and bright' receiver? (note: describing the receiver as bright may not be accurate - just using my local dealer's words). My plan is to used the A26 as front speakers in a 2.0 configuration, and build on top of them when my budget allows it to complete a 5.1 setup.
Am I on the right track? (edit: usage will be 70% on HD movies and 30% on music, in a 5x5 meters room)
Thanks for your help!
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A great amp with some notable musical skills, but it loses a star compared with its better-performing, better-specified rivals
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