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” It made the performance of the Persona 3F system the closest thing to the sense of Dolby Atmos envelopment that I’ve experienced without actually having Dolby Atmos. I noticed the same effect with the wonderful soundtrack in Moonlight. Invariably, whenever music became the dominate element in a soundtrack, it seamlessly filled the room— around me, as well as above me— in a way that was very reminiscent of what you’d hear with a system featuring overhead speakers. Wide-open outdoor scenes, such as when the kids are playing soccer, had much the same results in the delivery of ambient effects. Returning again to Lion, I watched the scene at the beginning of the movie when the young Saroo is standing in the middle of a swarm of butterflies (or moths), marveling at the beauty of it all. The Persona system made the sound of that enveloping swarm a reality in the room—forming a complete circle at ear level and even extending into a dome of sound above.
“The Fluance Signature Series Floorstanding speakers certainly provide a serious value. Pound for pound these speakers provide a serious amount of hardware for a low price. These speakers do well at high volumes, and can take significant power. While they are large and heavy Fluance did save some money with the cabinets, using a lower priced finish and going light on the internal bracing has made the sound suffer somewhat.”
“I always prefer to begin my listening with full-range stereo auditions, straight no chaser (and no subwoofer). So I cued up “Straight, No Chaser”—a hard-driving version of the Thelonious Monk classic by B3 lunatic Dr. Lonnie Smith (via Tidal) on my Oppo BDP-105D player. Drummer Johnathan Blake’s busy cymbal rides and aggressive snare fills sounded excellently airy and lifelike, while the good Doctor’s percussive organ riffs carried that peculiarly Hammond-tonian note-attack puff, and some gurgly grit when a handful of low notes collided, to underline realism. And this persisted at lifelike levels: The S60s had no trouble producing real-club levels without compromising the lower-frequency clarity and dynamics necessary to convey Smith’s B3 barrage.”
The Motion 40 cabinet comes with adjustable spikes to help decouple the cabinet from the floor. I recommend the spikes for absolute best sound, but the speaker also comes with soft dome feet for those homes where the floor is not carpeted. The Motion 40 has terminals for single or bi-wiring. Although the speaker will work fine with single wire, there are advantages sonically to bi-wiring and or bi-amping. Eliminating the common ground from the mid-range/tweeter driver and the bass drivers will deliver better sound by improving the amp to speaker electrical relationship, and avoiding any detrimental interface between the crossovers. Bi-amping will allow the listener to add an additional stereo amp or pair of mono block amps for better power reserve and improved dynamics.”
“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.”