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Next, I turned to a live recording of outgoing music director Alan Gilbert leading the New York Philharmonic in Verdi’s Requiem at David Geffen Hall (CD). The recording seemed to soften the venue’s hard string sound, which actually suited the Pack Sats well, enabling them to bring out the natural warmth of the chorus and soloists. One thing the venue and the satellites had in common was excellent low-level resolution, which meant that soft-voiced passages didn’t vanish into the ether “
In surround applications, the 5.1-configured 700 Series 2 speakers demonstrated excellent timbre match for seamless speaker-to-speaker sound transition, creating a uniform sense of sound envelopment. Moreover, the system’s excellent sonic attributes in dynamics, smoothness, details, and impact bring first-rate surround experiences, which should satisfy even the most critical home-theater aficionados. If these speakers fall within your budget, I would strongly recommend putting them on your short list to audition. I will not be surprised if these speakers wow you with their all-around strong performance that is worthy of their price of admission.”
In stereo music applications, whether with the 702 S2 floorstanders or the 705 S2 bookshelf speakers, the musicality of these speakers cannot be denied, producing sweet and transparent midrange with smooth and detailed highs. The ability of these speakers to image and project a believable soundstage is outstanding. As the speakers have restricted bass extension I recommend subwoofer augmentation to achieve the ultimate full frequency-range listening experience. I used the DB4S subwoofer, which is equipped with a feature for an easy and seamless integration especially with the B&W family of speakers, to augment the low-frequency response of the speakers with a great result. Moreover, this relatively small subwoofer has the room-acoustic correction feature that will improve further the system’s bass response.
My time with the DX-2 has been illuminating. In so many ways, this is not a radical system – it is very similar in concept and execution to the old Mordaunt Short Premiere systems which I used to provide technical support for over fifteen years ago. There’s nothing here that is in any way revolutionary… but… it doesn’t stop the DX-2 being seriously good. ”