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post #31 of 77
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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post


I have a similar question. Is there a way to use them as passive loudspeakers, ie, hook them up to my receiver? Or do they only function as powered near-fields.

I'm sure that the 1/8 inch jack bypasses the DAC, as that's an analog input. The only question is how well it'll play with various external DACs.

Edit, oh pooey, looks like they don't play with android over wireless, that's a shame. It looks like all wireless tests will be with my super old 3GS, or girlfriends 4S...

 

There are ways to use AirPlay over android. Try the apps allcast or airstream. The speakers function okay so far from my experience as loudspeakers. I don't really have any personal complaints. I might not recommend them for use as such if you have something better lying around. It's an obvious step up from the tv speakers though. I didn't get the impression that the sound quality was degrading all too much compared to near field use, maybe the imaging was not as spot on, but still sound very good.


Edited by Llloyd - 5/12/14 at 10:34pm
post #32 of 77
Todd,

Would you happen to have the full list of people in line for the demos in each region just so everyone has an idea of ETA on the speakers?
post #33 of 77
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I don't post the names of loaner program recipients, sorry. I will tell you that the first users will be shipping them off to the next people in line later this week. There should be a few reviews showing up in this thread soon!

 

If you want to know I can give you an estimate. Email me and I will let you know about when you will be getting the TD-M1 spe4akers. That is the best I can do.

 

Todd

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post #34 of 77

Any reviews posted yet?

post #35 of 77
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Any reviews posted yet?

Also interested as well... should have had at least one or two posted here already assuming the program is working as intended. I'm supposed to get a loaner pair myself sooner or later and can't wait to try them out. :smile_phones: 

post #36 of 77

I wonder if anyone who his testing this out also have the KEF LS50 which is high resolution for the dollar.  Would be interesting to hear a comparison.

 

UL

post #37 of 77
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I wonder if anyone who his testing this out also have the KEF LS50 which is high resolution for the dollar.  Would be interesting to hear a comparison.

 

UL

 

Same, but have a feeling ls50 would win though.

post #38 of 77
It seems like the first people in line who received the speakers have been too busy to review them or that there's been some kind of issue holding these up. Nary a peep since a month ago.
post #39 of 77

I just sent an email to Todd.  I am interested in hearing these and willing to review in a timely manner.  I was looking at spending well under a 1K but if these are amazing then there is always wiggle room.  That's the problem, we'll always find wiggle room.  Interested in reading people's reviews as well.

 

 

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It seems like the first people in line who received the speakers have been too busy to review them or that there's been some kind of issue holding these up. Nary a peep since a month ago.
post #40 of 77
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I was one of the first people to receive the pair, I will be working on a my impressions. But everyone go easy on me because it'll be my first short review on head-fi!
post #41 of 77
Thanks for the update Jimmy, looking forward to your thoughts.
post #42 of 77
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Thanks for the update Jimmy, looking forward to your thoughts.

Thank you. I will also try to incorporate as many pics as I can.
post #43 of 77
Thread Starter 

HI All,

 

To all of you who have had the Eclipse already - please post your impressions. That was part of the deal with the loaner program. I sent 3 pairs out and I had to buy them so I have done my part. Please do yours and write the reviews.

 

Todd

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post #44 of 77

                                                                                                        ECLIPSE TD-M1 IMPRESSIONS

 

 

 

Okay, so this is my first short impressions write up/ review on head-fi so take it with a grain of salt.

 

First I want to say thank you to Todd for letting us try out these speakers, I had a lot of great listening time with them.

 

                                                                                    BUILD QUALITY AND PACKAGING

 

-When I first received my pair in the mail, the first thing I noticed was how big the box was and how heavy it was. Pictures of these do not do them justice. I've never had time with Eclipse speakers before.

 

-The packaging was well done, with dense foam, came in 3 boxes and also a cloth bag material around each speaker. -Nice touch.

 

-The thing I was skeptical about from the original photos was the build quality, but let me tell you, these things are built like tanks, the stand is all metal and the plastic is high density and feels substantial in hand. Personally I liked the Ovid shaped design in person. They look like something out of the future to me. (my wife does not agree)- lol

 

-The speaker grilles are a nice touch, they are magnetic detachable, very easy to take on and off- also a nice touch. (I prefer the look with them off, could not really tell a difference sound wise) I guess you could say everything had a premium feel to it. Which isn't surprising for the price range. (apparently $1300) 

 

-The box came with basic power adapter, etc. The aux cable coming from the left speaker is terminated into the speaker. No USB was included but I may have had a review unit, I'm not sure if the retail unit will include that.

 

                                                                                                   FEATURES 

 

-Air play wi-fi (which I didn't use) but seems really convenient.

 

-Also over Air Play you can turn your phone into a remote control. -again, didn't use this but sounds convenient.

 

-On board class D amp and DAC capable of 192/24 playback (mounted on the inside of the stand).

 

-Touch sensitive front panel you can slide your finger to control volume levels, LEDs light up and dim depending on the volume levels. Also you tap to turn the unit on or off. (as you can see in the photos) I personally found this rather frustrating to use and would rather just use my computer to control the volume or use my mobile device.

 

-The metal stand is on a very sturdy tilt system latch which can easily be adjusted up or down.

 

-Overall a very easy to use system, great for high quality music listening even over airplay. Airplay's playback is 44.1/16 which is really nice if you want to listen wireless with your phone/ tablet/ laptop.

 

 

                                                                                                      SOUND

 

This will be the hardest part for me to write because I'm not a near field monitor guy, I don't have KEF LS50's on hand to compare but I have heard them, but not for very long.

The best near field type loudspeakers I've lived with are Audioengine A5+ which aren't anywhere near the same price range. So really I don't have a reference point for this price range, but I will try to describe the experience as best I can.

 

-My setup was the on board DAC and Class D amp, I did NOT use any other source.

 

-I listened to mostly 192/24 .FLAC files through Foobar, also some of the music included on the little flash drive Todd included.

 

So after letting the speakers burn in for about 15-20 hours I was ready for some serious listening time. I'm not the type of person that will write a whole bunch of impressions from each song I listened to, nor am I really that good at describing the sound with audiophile hyperbole. But WOW. These speakers sound amazing. The sheer amount of detail is spot on for a reference class speaker. I could compare them more to my HE-500s than the Audioengine's. The instrument separation and micro detail can be heard very easily. I was actually surprised because I've never heard loud-speakers as detailed as these before. (besides the KEF LS50) But I really haven't had any time to listen to them in a quiet environment so I can't compare. Also I know these are loud speakers, but the sound stage was something I've never heard before coming from speakers. On par if not better than other headphones I've heard. You can easily without effort pick up little nuances of the track and pick apart where different instruments are being played. Reminded me of being at a concert front row. The bass wasn't really hard hitting which is pretty obvious here. I unfortunately didn't have a sub to pair with these. But if you do, I'm sure it's even more incredible.

 

Finishing up, I'm mostly a headphone guy as probably most of you guy's are too. But if you're looking for a reference class speaker setup that's (all-in-one) to save space and has the convenience of a wireless system, with the sound quality of a near field monitor, then this is a great buy in my humble opinion.

 

Thanks for reading guys.

 

-James

 

 

Here's the photos I took, pretty self explanatory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just thought the color looked good next to my case :)

 

 

post #45 of 77

Thank you for some great first impressions on the speakers! They seem much more promising than I originally thought.

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