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sE The Egg v Dynaudio BM5a mkii v Neumann KH120

Postby sambrox » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:42 am

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 mkii...

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!

Cheers,
Sam
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Re: sE The Egg v Dynaudio BM5a mkii v Neumann KH120

Postby dickiefunk » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:32 am

I had both the SE Egg's and Neumann KH120's here and both were excellent mixing tools. I spent a few days A/Bing them and tried various mixes and played stacks of reference material through them.

I ended up keeping the KH120's as I felt they offered a little more detail and depth than the Eggs and I also felt that the stereo imaging was a little better aswell but I wouldn't be disappointed in any way to have the Eggs and these had their strengths such as a fraction tighter bass.
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Re: sE The Egg v Dynaudio BM5a mkii v Neumann KH120

Postby sambrox » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:51 am

dickiefunk wrote:...but I wouldn't be disappointed in any way to have the Eggs and these had their strengths such as a fraction tighter bass.
Agreed!
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Re: sE The Egg v Dynaudio BM5a mkii v Neumann KH120

Postby MartinJG » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:31 pm

Dickiefunk

I am sure you had or tested AE22's at some point. How do they compare with the Neumann's?
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Re: sE The Egg v Dynaudio BM5a mkii v Neumann KH120

Postby dickiefunk » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:57 am

Hi,

Yes I had the AE22's here aswell and really liked them. I preferred the Neumanns for the work that I do.
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