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freefallin
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Swans m200 vs. Ref .5s for music? HELP!

Hey all,
I do realize that the m200s have an integrated amp, but i'd like to compare the Refs and swans purely on the basis of SQ. I can get them for a similar price(the bookshelves with a t-amp.)

These will be my first set of bookshelves and will be used with my computer. I listen to mostly alt. rock and folk(so acoustic mostly), If you want to get a breakdown of what i listen to, check out my last.fm page. I'm not sure how to describe the 'sound' i prefer, though i do love the Senn HD-595's headphones.

These will probably be used without a sub for the forseeable future, though I may end up using a cheap active sub i have laying around(the KHL SL1000).

So which of these options best suits my situation?

Thanks!

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Re: Swans m200 vs. Ref .5s for music? HELP!


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i'd like to compare the Refs and swans purely on the basis of SQ

Then you should do so. Your's are the ears that matter.


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So which of these options best suits my situation?

Both are workable solutions. So it ultimately depends on which sounds best to you with the program material and volume you like. You have to listen and decide.

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Re: Swans m200 vs. Ref .5s for music? HELP!


Quote:

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i'd like to compare the Refs and swans purely on the basis of SQ

Then you should do so. Your's are the ears that matter.


Quote:
So which of these options best suits my situation?

Both are workable solutions. So it ultimately depends on which sounds best to you with the program material and volume you like. You have to listen and decide.

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of being able to audition the speakers. I could potentially with the swans, but the only way I could afford the Refs is if I buy them used.

So I was hoping there would be some sort of consensus on which solution is better for me. Keep in mind, my main priority is a set-up that lets me enjoy my music the most...

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Re: Swans m200 vs. Ref .5s for music? HELP!

I've never heard the Swan M-200 but they seem to be appreciated by several reviewers. http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/1101/swanm200.htm
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_9_4/swans-edirol-computer-speakers-12-2002.html
If you can purchase them from a source with a favorable return policy, if you absolutely hate them they could always go back.

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