Well, I finally got a chance to hear a pair of Songtowers (Thanks Jim!). I must have been impressed because somehow a pair for sale on Audiogon ended up in my living room today.
They are the standard curly cherry with the Sonicap platinum bypass caps upgrade.
I'm still letting my impressions soak a bit more, but here's my initial reaction vs my RS6:
not as harsh/bright
tighter, more precise sound (especially bass)
slightly less bass extension
larger, more 3D soundstage
significantly better off axis performance
fit and finish is spectacular (I thought the RS6 were nice, but these are works of art)
A few questions:
(1) In the specs it says they come with Seas CA15RLY midwoofers, but it appears mine might have the Seas ER15RLY. If you look at the last photo, it looks more like the ER15RLY (http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=8180
) than the CA15RLY (http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=45_228_254&products_id=824
). At first I was concerned somebody had scratched the midwoofers, but was relieved when I saw the ER15RLY part photo. What exactly are those marks?
(2) Seeing that the birth certificate is for the original owner, I'm wondering whether Jim can make me a new one. Perhaps he could change it to an adoption certificate
The original owner only had them for 1.5 months, but felt they were too large for his listening setup (his chair was 2-3 feet from the songtowers).
Anyways, enjoy the pics!