matt49 said:I wasn't quite sure where to post this, but this old thread seemed like a sensible spot. In fact this post follows on from a thread
which I started under a different user name. (Sorry about that, feeling more comfortable now that my full name isn't on display).
The first stage of a complete upgrade of my living room system is to decide whether I want to go the active speaker route. I decided to test this by trying out actives in the £1-2K range and comparing them with separates in (roughly) the same price range. So yesterday I took a Mac loaded with ALACs to a local dealer to listen to:
Cyrus 6 DAC into Dynaudio DM 2/6 (£1700)
Excellent staging; good sense of space. Good control of (the just about adequate) low frequencies. Very sparkly top end, with a touch of splashiness. A decent system, though I’d prefer more presence at the bottom end and more control at the top.
AVI ADM9RS (with Scanspeak tweeter) (£1300)
Great naturalness of vocal tone; tangible presence in the room. Just a hint of boxiness with some vocals. Lacks the top-end brilliance of the Dynos: for instance, on the Isserlis Bach Cello Suites, I couldn’t make out SI’s fingering. Bottom end entirely absent (e.g. on Saint-Saens’s organ symphony). (I would have liked to hear the ADMs with the AVI sub, but the dealer had sold out of subs.)
Dynaudio Focus 110A (£1700, but reduced to clear at £1200)
Similar character to the AVIs: very proper and neutral. Still lacking the top end sparkle and bass depth of the passives. The upper middle dominates. But more life than the AVIs, definitely a notch or two above.
Cyrus 6 DAC into Dynaudio Excite X12 (£1800)
Markedly better all round, lower frequencies stronger, both more polished and exciting than the DM2/6s. More space in the recording, also more life, involvement and rhythm.
Andrew Everard said:
BigH said:The SCM19s frequency res is 54Hz-22kHz
So I would not expect much bass. The Dyn X12 is 50 Hz – 23 kHz (± 3 dB).
steve_1979 said:matt49 said:steve_1979 said:
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm sure they're great speakers, as are the Questeds, but infuriatingly the style police wouldn't let them in the house.
Your choice will be very limited then. Most active speakers a fugly.
IMO that's the only real advantage that passive speakers have over actives.