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Good sound, build quality, and aesthetics
on October 14, 2010
I have just recently completed the 100 hour burn-in and would like to give my impressions this early as I believe it certainly deserves 5 stars even now. I have connected it to a variety of equipment to test synergy and also see how far it can scale with better dac, amp, etc. The best gear I connected to it was this setup: audio-gd power filter, ref 3, dac9mk3, fbi-500, and decent cables and no weak links, using fast electronic music to test speed and detail, opera music for soundstaging.
These speakers are natural sounding, and mildly/moderately forgiving/unrevealing of equipment and recordings.
Soundstage is less direct/narrowly focused compared to normal speakers, the massive diffusion of sound is its main strong point.
Detail is ALMOST reference level, meaning used in a regular two speaker setup you don't quite get the whole picture of the music or movie. The main shortcoming is it does not do 30hz or below so some pianos sound incomplete, some deep voices miss some lower frequency nuances, rumbles in movies sound slightly off and lose a little impact. But any ambience above 35hz suffuses the whole room.
Speed is acceptable for the MSRP, excellent for the <$1000 street price. Rapid electronic music is done fine except at the highest dynamic crescendos.
Placement is vitally important, and should be tweaked until the soundstage size is perfectly sized. You MUST follow the placement advice as the starting point. Once properly placed, there is a huge "sweet-spot" area you can walk around in and the sound will still sound very good.
For $1000 a pair, they are excellent in all fields. The weakest point is it is "good" in detail, not exceptional, especially in lower bass. If you love a more directed or narrow field of sound, you may not like the presentation of the omd15. Omd15 is about suffusing the whole room, but it does direct sound toward the listener more than older dipolar mirages. I would say they are right in the middle of dipolar and conventional speakers in terms of direct/reflected sound ratio. Dipolar sounds like ~80 reflected, 20% direct, omnipolar sounds like ~60% reflected, 40% direct, conventional sounds like 40% reflected, 60% direct.