Just thought I'd share my experience of A/B/Cing the three sets of speakers yesterday in
my local dealer's listening room
We started with The Egg, which seemed very tight and controlled with good image depth
and a smooth, flat response. It wasn't strident at all and switching the mid switch to
Hard barely changed this. A nice sounding speaker, I thought. Then we switched to the BM5a
An increase in the bass response was immediately obvious, with perhaps
a small trade-off, clarity-wise. Again, a very smooth response and nice imaging. My first
encounter with Dynaudio (even though they're designed and made over here in Denmark) and a
pleasant one. Then we switched to the Neumann pair...
Wow, the bass! For a
small speaker, they were incredibly loud and with the best bass response of the three on
trial here. It seemed to go very deep, which made me a little suspicious, I must admit.
The track that was played at this point was a dance track I wasn't too familiar with, so
I'd have to go back with something I knew very well before ruling out an over-hyped low
end. Having said that, the lows weren't in any way congested and seemed in line with the
absolutely surgical clarity higher up in the range. The highs were maybe a tad
forward-sounding. Switching back to the Dynaudios, the BM5a mkii seemed a little woolly in
the lows. Just a little... The Egg, in comparison, seemed very bass light, although maybe
more natural sounding.
Overall, the Neumann KH 120 blew me away with the power
and bass response in combination with the mid-range clarity, all in a very small
enclosure. After reading Mike Senior's book, I've been wary of ported speakers, but have
come to the conclusion that a sub/satellite combo might be counter-productive until I get
a bigger room, so the Neumann's are well up there on my shopping list right now.
As a side note, right after the speaker testing, I attended an SSL studio workshop and
would recommend signing up for one, if you get the chance. The 30 minute lecture on
workflow was extremely useful to me and got me thinking about how I can change my set-up
and workflow to get on with the act of making music, rather than faffing around with
technical details. An eye opener!