Redone Home Theater/Stereo Speakers
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
These speakers were part of a package I bought (RTi12 fronts, RTi8 rears, CSi5 center, and PSW125 sub) to replace Bose 701s, Bookshelves (don't remember the model number,) Bose VCS-10, and 8" sub. I suppose since I don't have all of the specifics of my former system I don't qualify as an aficionado, audiophile, or enthusiast. I do however like to listen to music - mostly classic rock and '80s and earlier country & western - and like to hear the whole soundtrack when playing a DVD.<BR><BR> I was never satisfied with the 701s, for 11 years; I bought them because they were on sale in the Naples, Italy Navy Exchange at a fantastic price. The bookshelf speakers were good but they were limited in power handling capability as I discovered when my recent collge graduate son managed to blow one of them ... anyway ... time for something new.<BR><BR> I drive the sysytem with a Technics SA-DX1050. The best way I can describe the first listening experience was when I asked my wife "Please come listen to this," because all of a sudden there was music I did not hear before. The reproduction is crystal clear, the bass pervasive, and the ability to play at high volume exceptional. In surround rather than stereo the sound effects put you in a theater seat now.<BR><BR> Don't misunderstand, my system was okay before, but this is a quantum advance, particularly on the very high and low end, plus the sound definition. It is nice to hear the clear ring of a high pitched bell from "Pink Floyd" that I didn't hear before or the thumb drag on the deepest bass string.<BR><BR> I read the reviews that said I had to feed these massive amounts of high current power. It can get even better? I'd better start saving the coins for a pre-amp, multiple amplifier set-up. I feel from the enjoyment I've received for the speakers, the money was well spent.<BR><BR> As always, the service and responsiveness of Crutchfield was exceptional. It is worth the sometimes nickels and dimes extra over the no service vendors.