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Ok for the money but tweeters aren't great
on 2 September 2014
After all the positive reviews I was expecting these to sound a bit better than they do. They lack fidelity (poor high frequency response). Even with the tone controls of my Sonos turned up to boost the treble they are barely acceptable. I also have some Polk Audio and Kef ceiling speakers which admittedly cost more but despite the double tweeter arrangement of these they sound quite muffled.
They are stereo speakers (ostensibly one voice coil and one tweeter for each channel) but I am using them as mono speakers by splitting the line level into two cheap stereo amps and using both channels of each stereo amp into each speaker. Since the high frequencies were so muted what I ended up doing was cutting one of the voice coil wires so that, for each speaker, I am driving both tweeters but only one voicecoil. Once the gain is increased to give the same overall volume, this boosts the tweeters relative to the woofers and has improved the sound somewhat, but I wouldn't buy them again.
If you stand directly underneath them they sound okay-ish. If I'd only bought one of them I would have considered the possiblity that it was faulty, but the pair I bought are equally poor. They'd be fine if you only listen to radio4!