Bought these speakers to replace a somewhat strange combination of a M&K satellite - subwoofer and a set of old Mission 731 speakers. I use the S30 now with the M&K subwoofer. It takes a little while getting used to since the treble is less extreme compared to the system I had. The getting-used-to however is very rewarding: the S30's sound very warm and spacious. Half of the time my subwoofer is in off-mode since the S-30's do go very low for their size. I did once tried my old system again and that seemed very sharp/harsh compared to the S30's. All in all it is a very pleasant speaker with great looks and size. Even at high volumes they do sound very "relaxed". The price is incredible low for the quality you get(199 euro). Highly recommended!
These speakers were bought to replace a set of Harmon Kardon soundsticks. I first used them with an old cambridge audio A1 and found the sound very dissapointing! It was very 'bright' with no bass whatsoever and at higher volumes the sound could only be described as 'confused'. This was quickly remedied by getting a cambridge audio 540A off ebay, now they sound amazing, especially for the price and size of them!
They provide great sound positioning for games as well as the bass to go with it as long as they're on something firm. Also they can be used on a sturdy desk as they can go upto 8cm from the rear wall which is also great. As others have said they look great, mine are walnut with a black front, very slick looking and quite understated too. Finally, they're light as far as speakers go so can be easily wall mounted to give a great sound and to keep out of everyone's way.
In conclusion these sound great, look great and, paired with decent input, are easily some of the best speakers in their price range.
ronni - there are several S30 owners over at our Forums; much better place to ask questions. Good Luck!
I was surprised when I heard these. They sounded much bigger and fuller than I expected, given their diminutive size. It reminded me of my experience when I first heard the Mordaunt Short Carnival 2.
What speaker cable would u recommend for this speaker?
Just picked these up to go with Azur 350A and DACmagic setup for streaming itunes/radio/spotify from Mac Mini. For anybody adding these to their shortlist I hope the following helps.
Build Quality: Excellent - finish is very nice [now come with all black front - instead of silver] and they look and feel high-end. Can be bi-wired too.
Positioning: I was limited to siting these on a solid oak unit, but when isolated the sound to me sounded clear and open -not dull in any way. They also can be positioned fairly close to the wall without any problems.
Sound: All I can say is they have a very balanced sound that brings out all the detail in a good acoustic performance - say Adele 19 'live' tracks - beautifully. And there is plenty of mid and base scale to fill a decent sized living room. Using Sky's HD as a source through the DACMagic they give a really decent every day sound for TV and if you tweak the bass a little you can get a great Movie experience in basic stereo!
In summary obviously you need other good components and source material to get the best out of any speaker - but I can say these are easy to live with and despite their compact dimensions offer a proper hifi experience for a great price.
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