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Good on its own, lags behind when compare to competition at price range
on October 6, 2014
First, this speaker has a small footprint compared to most speakers. It is as skinny as the Sony SSF6000 if you have seen it. That makes the sound from it quite impressive for the size I must add, and does a good job but that’s about it. While this is a good speaker on its own, when you compare it with others at its price point, it is not great – ESPECIALLY in its claim of outstanding highs and mids due to its horn tweeter.
I compared this speaker directly with the JBL ES80, Klipsch Icon KF-26 and Bic Venturi DV84 (I know the DV84 is 8 inch) and they all blew it out of the water. The venturi line I will say is better than this speaker. The FH-6T claims a sensitivity of 96db and up to116db. Well, even the JBL ES80 with 90db sensitivity sounded clearer and louder!
This was where this speaker was most disappointing. When played with any of the speakers I compared it to, it was quite lagging and I often turned toward the speaker to see if any sound was coming from it. It was particularly awful when compared with the Klipsch Icon KF-26. The sound when compared to the others seemed more “in the box” than projecting at you. I have seen some reviews that claim that this is a Klipsch-grade performer for a fraction of the cost. That is far from the truth! The horn tweeter on this thing did not in any way translate into any superior sound at all! It sounds closer to the Sony SSF6000. It has a limited sound stage.
While looks is subjective, this speaker was not the best looking or constructed in my opinion. Because it was skinny, it was the most unstable of the 4 speakers tested and you need to make sure it is secure. The craftsmanship was also lagging as I could see the glue edges of the speaker cones. The black gloss rather looked cheap than attractive.
This speaker is good on its own, for similar price point that I got the other speakers, all of its competition were miles ahead of it in construction, finish and performance. It seemed quite unusual that the box for this speaker had review quotes printed on it – kind of trying to convince you to buy it. I have never seen that on other speakers and its subpar sound against competition makes me wonder it that is an explanation for its cheezy packaging. It will really be helpful if you consider other speakers at this price range before settling on this one. Hope this helps your selection.