Archive for category Home Theater Audio System
“You’d think the neutral, even response would have been the first thing I noticed about the RSL CG3 system once serious listening began in earnest. And perhaps it would have been, if not for the speakers’ big, bold, size-defying sound. To call it “room-filling” wouldn’t be saying much, since any reasonably mid-level sub/sat system can pretty easily fill my 13- by 15- by 8-foot listening space with sound. “Room-saturating” would be a more apt descriptor. The first disc I threw at the system was The Ultimate Edition of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Home Video), since I had just recently auditioned the opening scenes using the same receiver and two significantly larger speaker systems in the same room.”
“What I found truly remarkable, though, was the reach of the Atmos channel. Typically, rival Dolby boxes tend to attenuate at distance. However, I could sit the R50s on the front speakers a good 3.5m away from my couch and still enjoy an excellent sense of height. The overall soundstage was spacious (the Dolby Atmos demo clip Amaze offers grin-inducing insect effects) and naturalistic.”
“The visual effects of San Andreas alone are worth seeing the film. The storyline plays a subservient role to the effects, no doubt. There are many scenes with action around you; driving through a building with a tunnel effect, buildings falling overhead and naturally, the preverbal helicopters flying above you.”
“A bit of preliminary listening revealed that the speakers required virtually no repositioning. Forward-backward tweaks and toe-in adjustments that would normally have quite an impact on the performance of most speakers proved to have very little effect on the sound of the 3F towers, in particular. To merely call them “forgiving” in terms of placement would be an amusing understatement. The Persona C is ever-so-slightly less forgiving, owing to its rear-ported design and the sheer volume of air moving through those ports. Thankfully, due to the gargantuan size of the speaker, I had no choice but to put it out in the room where it had plenty of room to breathe.”
“This resolving power is capable of handling action, too. The initial attempts to contain the Indominus are conveyed with an effortless sense of detail and three-dimensionality. The Spendors don’t deviate from the idea that their job is to add believability to onscreen images, and they manage this with absolute assurance. And even with levels pegged at the firmly antisocial, they remain smooth and refined, yet still extract every last detail from the soundmix.”
“The third movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is a test of string texture, which should be light but lively on the hybrid multichannel SACD featuring Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan (which includes all six of the concertos as well as the Four Orchestral Suites). As I played through Brandenburg Nos. 3, 5, and 6, the Dômes resolved the string texture just as a good set of planar headphones would, with the addition of surround sound and in-room ambience, of course. They also captured the plucked-string delicacy of Suzuki’s exhilarating solo harpsichord passage in Concerto No. 5.