Catpenny. Great review. What is the size of your room, I have a 11' by 12' room. I was wondering what the Swifts would do in my small room?
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I auditioned these at a dealer's powered by a smallish SS integrated (possibly a Rega, but not sure I remember), and was generally favorably impressed. The sound was smooth, spacious, and dimensional, if not the most extended, neutral, dynamic, or transparent. Didn't do anything to offend though, and they look fantastic. I didn't flip over these the way I did for the Thiel CS1.6's, but that was in a better system and room, and anyway they cost more than twice as much. The Swift seems a very nice design at the price.
Great review. I am considering the Swifts to replace the fronts in my current room (Mirage AVS 200's, unfortunately wall mounted due to WAF). I have an older pair of Vandersteen 2cs that I would have used but the Vandies are too large for the current room... a narrow floor stander would be perfect.
I understand the bottom end opens up dramatically after a lengthy break in period. That said, I will supplement with a sub... thinking the Hsu 1220 might be perfect.
I recently purchased the meadowlark swifts and I am equally impressed with the sound and looks of this speaker. I feel that they represent a fair value. I also agree that a subwoofer should be considered unless you have no desire for bass response.
I have paired the swifts with a PrimaLuna Prologue 1 and a rega planet 2000 cd player. I am considering replacing the amp to seperates, using the PrimaLuna in a different system upstairs. Anyway, I enjoy the speakers and I look forward to years of enjoyment. The speaker is revealing and poorly recorded cds sound terrible. However, with great source material you will be hard pressed to do better.