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post #76 of 250

Thanks for the clarification Ham Sandwich...that's on lousy manual/spec sheet.  Swan Product Literature = FAIL.

 

Chalk it up to the typical poor English translation...

 

Bill


Edited by wgb113 - 8/30/10 at 4:50pm
post #77 of 250

KRK RP5 G2 imrpessions please! I guess no one has heard them. 

post #78 of 250

I heard them at guitar center, I cant give specifics because I heard them a while back, I thought were pretty good but I liked the other ones I listed on the previous page more.

post #79 of 250
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Those are NOT bi-amped.  A bi-amped speaker would have separate amplifier ratings for the tweeter and woofer in each speaker.  For example, my Quad 12L Actives have 40W going to each tweeter and 60W going to each woofer.
 


On the Swan European Page they are described as Bi-Amped, and i own them i can assure you that they're Bi-Amped, just take a look at the Cable Which Connect the 2 Cabinets.

And the sound is completely different from the M200 MkII, clearer, heavier, better instrument separation and wider soundstage.

 

(Source http://www.swans-europe.eu/swans-monitor-lautsprecher+M52087573ab0.html)

 


Swans M200MKII active high-end compact monitor has a wide range of uses. Whether as a near-field monitor in the recording studio and other professional installations, as high-value multi-media speakers or as an I-Pod companion, there is an almost unlimited number of applications this monitor can be used for. The M-200MKII provides an extremely neutral sound reproduction. It has a surprisingly high output level especially considering its size. Exacting volume, treble and bass controls are located on the front of the main speaker. The integrated amplifier is constructed with high-quality components and is phonetically in no way inferior to an external hi-fi amplifier. The M-200MKII closes a market niche in which until today affordable high-quality speaker systems couldn't be found. 

 
 

 

Swans M200MKII High-End Active Monitor Specifications:  

  • 2-way / 4.Order active bass reflex system
  • Frequency Response: 56Hz-20kHz +/-3dB
  • Efficiency ( 2.83V/m ): 87dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 5 Ohm
  • Tweeter: Swans 25mm doped silk 
  • Bass/Mid: Swans 5" HighEnd-Midwoofer 
  • Amplification: 2x35 W/RMS
  • THD: <0.06% (8 Ohm, 1 KHz, 10W)
  • Input Sensitivity: 650mV/22KOhm
  • Controls: Volume, Highs, Bass
  • Size: 192x233x350mm
  • Weight: 6 Kg
  • Cabinet Finish: Walnut Design Real Wood/Flat Black

We are 'sad' to announce to all amplifier manufacturers that the fully active stylish version of the M200 is available for sale ;-)  


Offering an amazing sound, the M200 MKIII brings out the soul and essence in everything played through it.  

Let us start with the electronics... There are four per side (!) bi-amped tweeter as well as bi-amped Mid/Bass chassis for the MKIII version. The bass is a long-throw design which sounds like there is a much larger unit playing. The dynamic range of our new 'active' speaker astonishes. The decorative real wood side panels are not only attractive but help lower the resonances of the massive MDF enclosure.  

 

 

 
 
 
 

Edited by cheaphifi - 9/1/10 at 4:45am
post #80 of 250

Yeah Ham Sandwich cleared it up.  Just poor translations and marketing literature that's not seamless.

post #81 of 250

Man, I really want those Swans. Are they good for both classical and rock? I'm looking to spend around $400 and they seem perfect for me. What else should I be considering in that price range or less? I'm a little turned off by all the talk of studio monitors being "clinical" and "cold." I really want something with some warmth and a natural-sounding low end to make up for the bright sound of my Alessandro MS2s.

post #82 of 250

what u have to say comparing genelec 8020 to all of the above?

post #83 of 250
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Originally Posted by prozach1576 View Post

Man, I really want those Swans. Are they good for both classical and rock? I'm looking to spend around $400 and they seem perfect for me. What else should I be considering in that price range or less? I'm a little turned off by all the talk of studio monitors being "clinical" and "cold." I really want something with some warmth and a natural-sounding low end to make up for the bright sound of my Alessandro MS2s.

 

I've never found studio monitors to sound cold at least not the ones I've owned, IMO I think this misconception comes from when you listen to them at somewhere like guitar center where they basically have one source like a cd player. The signal from that source gets split many times to feed it to all the different speakers they have in there and each signal has to travel through long cables to reach the speaker, so what you hear is usually a thin sound.

 

If you want natural sounding low end then studio monitors will be you're best bet because they a flat frequency response, the bass is very detailed like you can distinguish the notes from a bass guitar and hear the difference between a bass drum and bass guitar.

 

post #84 of 250

Not too relevant of a post.


Edited by Ishnaya - 9/25/12 at 10:35am
post #85 of 250

Well, just gave in and ordered the Swans. Hopefully they don't disappoint (and hopefully I can figure out how to fit them on my desk...).

post #86 of 250

I know it breaks the spirit of the thread, but I own two 2.1 sets that are special. The Acoustic Energy Aego-Ms are as good a purpose built computer speaker as I've heard, and like the original poster I have listened to a lot of active speakers.

 

The other is the sadly out of production Monsoon series - I have the MH 500s, and I recommend anyone who runs into one in the series (I think there were 700s and 1000s as well) give them a try. The desktop parts were flat panel, and you can think of them as very distant cousins to maggies.

 

All that said, I like the Audioengines better than a lot of folks posting in this thread. My experience is that they're clear and accurate, and don't try to pretend to be bigger than they are.

 

Scott A.

Watertown NY

post #87 of 250

rti a1 or a3 in combo with a small tube amp =)

 

post #88 of 250
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I love them! They look great on my desk next to my MacBook Pro. Nice and small/compact. LOADS of sound come out of these!

Made of wood instead of plastic as with the M-Audio equivalent.

Available in many colors, but the white is very sexy!

MRSP less than $200 CND

 

 


Sounds like you are pitching these things, and the M-Audio's are not made of plastic. 

post #89 of 250

Oh this is just the thread I needed right now. With the M-audio Bx5a's does it come with RCA to 1/4" or XLR cables or will I need to make them?

post #90 of 250
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Oh this is just the thread I needed right now. With the M-audio Bx5a's does it come with RCA to 1/4" or XLR cables or will I need to make them?


It doesn't come with cables - I was just looking at them on Amazon the other day and it specifically said so.

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