Nice write up. These are beautiful looking! Enjoy!!!
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I'm enjoying them every day rediscovering my music. It's not the old "I'm hearing things I haven't heard before" stuff but hearing it a different way. The notes are fuller and more expressive lending a dramatic shift in perspective. Even the smallest ones now matter. That, and the clarity one can have without any sacrifices on tone and fullness. When something dynamic occurs, not only does it jump up high enough to justify the term, it's almost concussive in effect. It has all the sound of a big speaker except for the amount of air it can push in your face.
That's a trade off I can live with. :-)
I'm scratching my head on how lots of space is devoted to other makes re: value for dollar, availability, integrity, feedback and actually getting a product that sounds like high end gear and here it is with the Clearwave Duets.
Buying from a boutique manufacturer doesn't have to be risky proposition.
All the best,
My room is about 15' X 10' and I have them along the long wall with the speakers about 18" out (measured from the the front of the speaker) and about 10' apart and I sit about 7' back with my head against the rear wall. To some it may sound odd but for my room and near field listening it works really well.
As for stands, I'm presently using some wood 24" barstools that raised the tweeter level to about ear level when I'm seated. I'm presently waiting for Chris over at Timbernation.com to finish my maple speaker stands that will be 25" tall. I expect some improvement with the maple speaker stands over the rather shoddy and light barstools as the type and thickness of Chris's maple will make the stands very inert, and in my opinion, a better solution than a metal stand.
All the best,
Nonoise, thanks for your insightful review. It's making me anxious to receive my pair(in Koa finish)later this week. I use the Clearwave 72R speakers (floorstanders)in my main system, and really love the sound. I ordered the Duet 6 for my smaller dedicated music room, and will be using them with the Job 225 amp and a Job preamp. Jed (the Clearwave owner) has told me to expect a more coherent presentation with these speakers, and said the bass is surprisingly strong, given the small size of this speaker. He really loves the Accuton drivers, and I certainly love their application in the 72R. I will post my comments on the Duet6 after a month or so of break-in.