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Very nice review indeed. Also, great point in the lesson that when it comes to speakers, aside from placement, just the time it takes to break them in can be a chore. I've read too many ads here on A'gon where someone has a "like new" speaker for sale and have always wondered if they gave them time to fully break in.
Something else that might help is to try out a test CD. Ayre's Irrational but Efficacious CD did wonders for my system. Assorted white, pink and brown noise, in and out of phase as well as in mono along with short and long glide tones really woke up my system. It's said to remove magnetic and static build up in gear but I think it especially works the drivers in a speaker.
Music cannot cover the full frequencies for the durations needed to fully break in all that a speaker is capable of. What your kids probably did, with all the gaming and their music, was to approximate the various noise and levels needed that a good test CD can do. Just my take.
After playing the test CD, it removed any doubts or reservations I had about my speakers, and I thought they were broken in some time ago.
All the best,
Nice review,I couldnt agree more with setup and break in..I was running tubes with mine and like it a lot..Bought a new Plinius integrated/200 watts I think and the level of owner appreciation increased with the Scansonics.After years of buying,trading,trying,listening at shows as well as dealer show rooms these speakers bring a whole new light to affordable quality,IMO.
Nice review. I just got a MB 3.5 today. It is a store demo run for about 200 hrs but at low volume.
I have the Hegel h 360 as the amplifier which gives out a prodigious 250 W RMS into 8 ohms. i bought it from the same dealer as the MB3.5
I noticed that when i turned on the volume of the hegel to about 75 ( out of a max of 99) the woofer units on the side of the MB3.5 started to give a rattling sound. i checked out with the dealer who told me not to play the MB 3.5 beyond the 65 mark and that he had always played it below the 60 level mark. i noticed in one of the audio forums that this rattling of the side woofers is part of the break in of the speaker.
any comments on my experience with the MB 3.5 or similar are highly welcome
Nice review, thanks Rogue. I also suspect new owners not allowing enough break-in time. I was able to get a pair of 2.5's in June at nearly 50% off and when installed in my system they were just awful. Pit in the stomach awful. Set them up in the basement for 3 straight weeks using a pink noise cd and they really opened up and have good bass control. Positioning and toe-in took some time to get right in my room, but now approaching 1000 hours they sound amazing!
I probably would never have done the 500 hours break-in had I not read through the AVS Scansonic forum. Positioning guidance helped as well. Thank goodness for audio communities!
I did notice a significant improvement recently when I installed a Bridge II card in my PS Audio PerfectWave II DAC. Control of the bass as well as depth and width to the soundstage increased. Really surprised me how much an improvement even on 16bit files the bridge gave to the 2.5's. 24/192 sound even better!
Happy new year .
Am eager for some positioning tips on MB 3.5 / MB 2.5
i have a couple of things which worked for me on MB 3.5
- I have marble flooring in the house so was getting rattling sound from the MB 3.5 and also the entire cabinet was vibrating a lot when i raised the volume - high but not very loud.
Two things worked for me
1) Raising the speakers using the height adjustment of at the feet.
2) placing spike washers at the 8 spikes.
3) Placing the woofers of the speakers inside rather than outside.
This really helped in the bass becoming less boomy and imaging becoming better.
Please let me know of positioning tips on these speakers.
Just wanted to ask a question to the thread starter. Currently I have Gemme Audio Tantos, and I love them. But I have been using them for a while and now feeling the need to upgrade. My current listening area is 15.5' X 9.5', but the room extends into the dining area, so the actual room dimension is 15.5 X 16. What in your opinion are some speakers that will give me an upgrade over the Tantos, without losing what they offer (dynamics, low volume openness and bass).