Just got these today and hooked them up right away to the Stellar GCD and M700.
Initial one hour impression:
These are the most neutral and transparent speakers I have heard so far. If the recording or the source has any shortcomings or is lacking, these speakers let it all through. Whereas the KEF, the Def Tech Studio Monitors, Infinity Primus, Energy, B&W (not 802’s) and others automatically work with sources less than optimal, these do not. They reveal the truth.
Previous material that I have and have played countless of times, just showed how poorly recorded it was. Whereas the same reference tracks that I’ve chosen because of their quality, remained sublime and with additional details revealed. Streaming Spotify played through these, showed exactly what I needed, go back to CD and physical media. Most other speakers that I’ve audition, all had lots of coloration that helped theses streaming formats to sound more acceptable, these SVS didn’t care, they showed the truth, and for that reason, I am keeping them, because it felt like a test lab of which recordings where true and which ones were digital trickery and wizardry, which I want none of.
So be warned streamers of low resolution,these may not be for you. But if you love analog, which I do, these are the ones.
Bass was true, controlled and never overtook the other ranges. Vocals are well defined and separated from scrambling with the higher frequencies. The soundstage is large, and it doesn’t change even when standing up and walking out of the generous sweet spot. No reverbrs, echos or weirdness around the sides. The virtual center sound was effortless. Didn’t have to toe-in at all. I placed them 2 feet away from back and side walls and 10ft between each other, sat 10 feet away for about 3 hours just to evaluate that purposely challenging positioning from the walls. I wanted to heard them without assistance from the room itself. Their shape inspires me to trust them closer to the back wall, without getting overwhelmed by boominess. They control the bass extremely well. Clarity on these was present at volume 25 of the GCD, other speakers auditioned only opened around 37 and up in volume. Good sensitivity. The PS gear has only been running music about 22 continuous hours, so I will revisit their own character as more hours are clocked.
In summary. This combo reproduces the music as it really was produced. I always suspected the wizardry, but had never confronted it with the accuracy that the PS and SVS combo revealed.