On the prowl for new speakers, a project which may take a couple of months unless an outright bargain falls in my lap. My dealer recommended these. I had my own preconceptions: shouty treble and mids added to limited bass despite the 12" woofer. He had them hooked up to a Sugden A21 signature amp and played some jazz I didn't know.
My preconceptions were completely shattered. The mids and treble were quite on point, showing a richness i miss in my own Monitor Audio speakers. But what was more surprising was the bass. I have read multiple sources proclaiming a deficiency here but it had a real thump and presence.
However, it excited some serious bass nodes in the room, giving a flubby effect to the sound. I have heard bigger speakers go a lot louder and much cleaner in this room (which is relatively untreated and imperfect). Whether this was the speaker showing inherent flaws, the amp failing to control the speaker or the room being less than perfect for the speaker, I can't say.
I'll be looking to go back and re-test it alongside a couple of other speakers with my own amp and music in a few weeks. On that quick listen there was something in the tone and dynamics that I really liked. Was this the amp or the speaker?
I actually really liked the aesthetics too, which has thrown a curveball into my thinking. So, anyone got any insight into these squat little beasts, their strengths and weaknesses, their partnering requirements, odd kinky manoeuvres which need to be performed in private to position them right?