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Russell: I was hoping someone would recognize the name. I've been involved with high end audio for about 12 years or so now and I had no idea who they were. I will tell you what, though, the customer service I've received thus far (pre-sale) has been stellar. Personalized, prompt, and very helpful. The impression thus far as been very positive.
My first impression is that they tick many boxes for high-value budget speakers (cast frame midbass, air core inductors, polypropylene capacitors, magnetic grilles), but I'm wondering about the 100Hz crossover. I would prefer a 70Hz to 80Hz crossover point, but perhaps the design choice sacrificed 20Hz - 30Hz of low frequency response in favor of a slightly higher 88dB sensitivity. AJ, do you have any other small two-ways that you might compare them to? Steve
Hey Steve!I've auditioned quite a few little 2-ways over the years, cause that's my preference in a speaker after Magnepans, but the only ones I have in house right now are the little AudioEngine A2s. I heard a ton of monitors and smallish 2-way floorstanders (e.g. Totem Arro) between 2005-2009, but once I bought the Maggie 3.6s I really haven't even paid attention to spekaers in general. I had some concerns about the crossover too, so if I keep them I'll likely add in a 2nd subwoofer to smooth things out a bit and to make sure everything blends in well. One of the earliest audition experiences I had, though - and this was lke back in the mid-90s - was a pair of Monitor Audio 2-ways with dual Vandersteen subs. That demo left a lasting impression on me, and I've been a fan of the sub/sat arrangement ever since. I'm often in the minority in terms of preference, but I would rather go with a quality sub/sat than a larger 3-way floorstanding dynamic speaker. The other speaker Im really hoping to demo in my home are the Silverline Minuets, which I'll have in before the trial period on the RSLs is up...unless the RSLs just bowl me over with awesomeness. A few other speakers have made an appearance on my short list over the last few weeks, including the Ascend Acoustics models. I even though it might be fun to bring it full circle and pick up a set of Paradigm Atoms...that's the speaker I started with back in 2001 and apparently the current model is quite good.
I have a pair if old RSLs . The woofer needs to be put back back in and glued down , part of the mdf has changed over time and the screws in wood haven't held up. It was a used pair I bought on eBay never listened to them yet just have never fixed woofer but man they are one solid pair of speakers.
All I really wanted was a great set of speakers for movies....I think I may end up getting that, but also a rig that will be very nice for 5.1 music, as well. Still need to spend more time with them, but I'm pretty excited.
Ya'know, I was looking over the RSL product line and I'm wondering why you didn't spend the extra $75 per speaker for the CG24, especially how you'll probably want one as a center down the road anyways. Dual woofers for lower 85 Hz frequency and a higher 90 db SPL sensitivity, I personally think it would have been worth the extra $75 for a more dynamic HT system. Just a thought,,,Cheers,Robin
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