Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by audio, Apr 29, 2003.
Has anyone heard these? How are they? Will they rock?
I heard them in a shop in Portland.
They sound quite lovely. Clear, fast, tuneful (all the usual audiophile words). Smooth as silk top end. Very easy to listen to.
I didn't hear very deep bass, so how hard they'll "rock" is debatable. Maybe it was the room or how they were placed, but I thought they were a bit too bass shy without a good sub.
But if you have the chance to hear some, please do.
They will not rock.
Okay, how bad are they? My room is pretty small. I like to occasionally crank the stereo. What about the Kestrel II?
No Meadowlark speaker "rocks". It's just not in their nature.
Cerwin-Vega speakers rock, JBL's rock, but you wouldn't want to live with them.
See what I mean?
The shop I was at played a CD-R of Creedence's "Heard it Through the Grapevine" made from the LP you mastered (they told me it was played on a Linn)
The sound of the cymbals in particular are burned in my head. Absolutely stunning.
I see exactly what you mean, I think. They're not meant to shatter windows or shake the house, they are made to recreate a musical event and disappear. Is that what you are getting at? Well this is the exact reason I am getting rid of my Monitor Audios. They rock, but you can't listen to them for more than 15 minutes without getting a headache. I'm not a bass freak and I don't like boom. I would much rather have realism, punch, and definition. I guess what I am wondering is that if I were to crank up (40 wpc) the Swifts with some Zeppelin, AC/DC, or Judas Priest, am I going to be sorely disappointed? Are the speakers going to sing or are they going to bottom out or distort?
As a side issue, have you ever heard any of the smaller JM Reynaud floor standing speakers?
Thanks for the feedback!!
Do you have any idea how far they were from the wall or if they were broken in? You specifically heard the Swift, correct?
Definitely the Swift, no doubt about it.
The dealer told me that they weren't completely broken in. They were placed maybe several feet from the wall, quite a bit farther than I place my speakers.
I only had about 30 minutes to listen to them and I left longing to hear much more.
They were amazing with acoustic jazz and some small scale classical in particular. Piano tone was to DIE for.
Again, the bass was tight and very tuneful, but not quite as "there" as I'm used to. Something I could get into perhaps, but that was the only (minor) gripe I left with. I'm also thinking that better placement would help that too.
Maybe they're not your taste. I don't know if I'd buy them in the end, but they'd be on top of my list if I was looking.
Like I said, if you can find a dealer please go and listen for yourself. They're lovely speakers.
Did you listen to any rock, pop, or soul on them? What would be your estimate in Hz of how far the bass went down? Would you call them thin sounding? Trying to find a dealer near me.........
I heard that Creedence cut I mentioned.
They aren't "thin" sounding by any means, but they don't rattle windows or punch you in the gut.
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