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  1. #1
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    Aug 2007

    Which Speakers are better?

    In terms of overall quality, etc.

    Elemental Designs A6-5T5

    Swan M200

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    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    What do you want to use them for? I'm not a fan of powered speakers.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Oct 2005
    I would be a little apprehensive about purchasing either system. I thought the Swans looked great (except with grills on) and being powered allows use with iPod, other MP3s and computers. Looking around on-line I found several sites listing problems with the internal amplifiers and trouble getting support or repair.
    The A6-5T5s looked OK, but I'm not a big fan of 4" (100mm) mids, which can't really put out an real amount of mid-bass. I'm also curious about the design, two ports. Bass-reflect type speakers are ported for bass enhancement and to provide better efficiency. I don't believe the 4" drivers move enough air for these to be effective sonically, At an efficiency of 88db/w/m efficiency is OK. Surprising there were no reviews available for these.
    Of the two, I would take my chances with the Swans, because of their reputation. If you know anything about ellctronics you may be able to repair any problems, or find a way to use an external amp. This is what I did with a set of Klipsch GMX D-5.1. The amp pod they supplied was so noisy I could hear it across the room. They have 3" mids, but a good sub to go with them. Even at a price point of just $200/pr, I think you can find better.

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    Oct 2006
    Boy that's a toughie considering both suck so's hard to tell who would be the clear winner.

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    Tyler Acoustics Fan drseid's Avatar
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    Fairfax, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by SeventyTwelve
    Tough call. I confess neither would strike me as a good buy... sorry. :-(

    Integra DHC-40.2 Pre/Pro
    Coda 2 X 200 Watt Amp
    Rotel RB-985 5 X 100 Watt Amp
    2 Tyler Acoustics 2 Piece Linbrook Signature System
    1 Tyler Linbrook Signature Center Channel
    3 Tyler Taylo Reference Monitors
    1 ACI Titan II Sub
    Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD
    Panasonic BDT-210 + 350 Blu-ray
    Consonance Droplet CDP-5.0
    Sony 55NX-810 1080p 3D-LED HDTV

    Opera Audio Consonance CD-120
    Jolida 1301A 2 X 30 Watt Int. Amp (Sovtek Tubes)
    Opera Audio Consonance Eric-1 Speakers

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    Forum Regular pixelthis's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    they both have soft dome tweeters, which is a plus.
    Axiom has better speakers of this type tho, even though theirs have titanium tweeters
    Before I bought the powered swans I would look at some of their other speakers, some looked rather interesting
    LG 42", integra 6.9, B&W 602s2, CC6 center, dm305rears, b&w
    sub asw2500
    Panny DVDA player
    sharp Aquos BLU player
    pronto remote, technics antique direct drive TT
    Samsung SACD/DVDA player
    emotiva upa-2 two channel amp

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