Review: Swan Active Desktop MKIII (Mark 3) Monitor
After about a week, I am very pleased with my Swan Active Desktop M200 Mk IIIs on my computer. Even with no break in, these were natural and balanced with no part of the audio spectrum accentuated or deemphasized. There is a sense of reserve to them but still the music and vocals and spoken voices are just so
listenable that I can just lean back and forget that these are little desktop speakers.
Voices have no "tizz" or edge or telephone-like artifice. You forget that the source is digital from a mid-grade sound card. The bass is strong but not boom-boxy and it is well-integrated. The speakers just throw an image into the area between them and behind them pretty realistically.
You can't really hear the drivers, either, something that only expensive monitors have. I used to have Kharma 3.2 monitors and these rival their coherency.
My previous computer speakers were Advent powered partners (now doing laptop duty), and now the Advents sound shouty and a bit stressful with a one-note bass. And these are $300 speakers.
The Swans do benefit from good cables. I use a pair of Cardas Cross's (unfortunately connected with a little mini-plug-to-RCA adapter from my sound card).
The tone controls work nicely, too, not adding any distortion that I could hear.
So, to summarize, the Swans get an A+ for tonality, relaxation, bass-quality and integration, driverless sound, sweet-sounding vocals, and overall coherency.
I bought these from audioinsider.com.
Cooltech PC Computer, Cardas Cross ICs.
Advent Powered Partners, Bose Desktops.