I received the D-200's about 5 days ago and have had some time to listen to them. I ordered three to power the front three channels of my HT, but one was DOA. It is currently being shipped back to Dusty for him to check out. When I first fired them up in the 2 channel system, they were very impressive. Notes were jumping out like I have never heard before. The sound was very clean and punchy. I was playing them at pretty low volume since it was about 1:00 AM. It wasn't until yesterday that I had a chance to play them loud. One problem - they didn't get very loud.
I had concerns with the gain of the Modwright when using my B&K. With the D-200's it seems that they don't go as loud as the B&K. With the volume of my Modwright all the way up at 11, I am only getting max SPL's of approximately 90db. I never measured the SPL's while using the B&K, but I think it was louder. The B&K distorted before turning the Modwright up to 11 so I never really tested it. I need to find out if the Modwright or the D-200's are the problem. I don't think I should need the higher gain version of the D-200's.
When listening to the D-200's at normal listening volume (~80-85db) they sound clean and punchy like I stated above, but now there is a little harshness like I was experiencing before with the Tempest and Mono Extremes. I am not getting the bass and fullness that I want. I have tried both Volex and Groneberg power cords, and so far I like the Gronebergs. They are a little more warm and smooth. The Volex cords only have about 15 hours on them so maybe that's part of the problem.
I am a concerned that the D-200's are not for me. I am trying to be calm and patient, but after sinking all of that money into my system, I expect more. Also, I'm also not sure if the Salk's are really for me. I think they are just too revealing, and just a bit thin and bright for me. I should also state that I have been using the Salks with the contour switch on. With the swith on, the balance shifts a little lower and allows me to get a little more bass and warmth. With the switch off, the highs are too prevelent and become distracting. The Salks sounded best with the B&K/Modwright combo.
I am just going to leave my sytem running 24/7 for a while. I'll see how everything sounds when I get my Reality Cables, but if things don't improve much, I might have to eat the restocking fee and return the D-200's. If I do return them, I think I'm just going to try a multi channel B&K Reference amplifier since I seem to like smooth warmth more than detail and clarity. The Modwright is not going anywhere. I love it.
I just don't get it. I have equipment that should produce incredible sound, but it's just alright. It's times like this that I just want to sell everything off (except the Modwright), buy less expensive average Joe name brands and stop spending so much money. I love music. It has always been a big part of my life, but trying to find that perfect sound does not seem atainable without spending a rediculous amount of money - which I already have.
To be continued...