An Egg and an older B&W: a brief comparison


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This is by no means a thorough, detailed or well planned test. So take it with a grain of salt.

For quite a while I've been using a sub, 5 Mk. I Eggs and a Denon AVR-3803 as my primary AV system. With movies I've been pretty happy with it and I've been feeling that music, while not fantastic, is OK, too.

My secondary system includes a Yamaha RX-V595aRDS receiver and my old B&W 570's from late 80's. Today I unplugged my rear Eggs and replaced one of the B&W's with an Egg. I only compared them for a few minutes using the balance but was shocked with the result. The Egg sounded very monotonic and sounded like the music was coming from the bottom of a barrel. God-awful. And this is what I've been happy listening to! I was prepared to having a sound with no lows due to not using the sub but even the singers voice (which I would expect to be in the Egg's range and not the sub's) sounded very lifeless and hollow.

I admit the receiver's not a very fine Hifi amp, but I'm sure that's not the only reason. The sub might make a difference, but would that affect the vocals, too?

Any way, I decided to finally upgrade my primary fronts with something more musical. I was also going to get rid of those ugly old black B&W's but now I'm not so sure.


I can easily believe that,I've been try to say that on another thread, that the eggs just arn't that good when it comes to music,the KEF eggs are for looks and space saving and to keep SMBO happy.They are ok with music,if you used to a boom box.

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