Ontem, nem sei bem como, fui dar com um site chamando No Audiophile que tem reviews interessantes, informativas e bastante divertidas.
Zu Audio Essence - http://noaudiophile.com/Zu/
First impressions are bright, stupid bright, staring at a welding torch, Burn your ear drum with sparklers bright. I've listen to plenty of shitty speakers, but these are the only ones that I actually feel like I'm damaging my hearing by just listening at 70db on the couch.
This is a fucking joke. I have heard big box speakers sound multitudes of times better than this and play much louder and clearer as well. This can't be a matter of taste, the wife said after just 15 seconds of listening "these are awful" and she usually has nothing to say about my speakers. This is instinct level bad, no training required. If you have ears and have ever heard music before you will have a natural inherent distain for the way these sound.
These have the resonant frequency of nails on a chalk board.
Like a lab rat that has been shocked too many times I found I have been subconsciously dodging female vocals. Bird and the bee come on and while it does bloom, it does not hurt. Still pretty uncomfortable though.
These do not get loud, they get shouty. I am sorry for people thinking they are getting a party speaker out of this, it's just not much fun.
B&W 686 S2 - http://noaudiophile.com/Bowers_and_Wilkins_686_S2/
I'm hearing all kinds of stuff I've never heard in my music... this is always a bad sign as it means the speakers are doing something wrong. This is usually a rising response issue, but instead it sound like a more complicated issue.
Hall and Oats I can't go for that sounds like a remix. The vocals are completely different, there is almost nothing resembling the original recording.
Imaging is more like headphones than speakers, with vocals being so far forward they are almost behind or in the head.
These speakers are an addictive poison to the ear. Like a loudness button on a receiver that ends up always pressed. I can see why people like these, but it ain't right.
The speaker is off so much tonally that it's actually pushing vocals up octaves, and the 10kHz range is boosted to the point of sizzle only balanced out because of the boosted bass response.
The 686 is the kind of speaker you make when you don't respect the average consumer enough to trust them to like music the way it was recorded.
KEF Q300 - http://noaudiophile.com/KEF_Q300/
Audiophiles will hear these speakers and tell you to buy a good amp to make up for the harshness.
Mid bass is boosted, there is that British sound I was talking about.
Look at all these details, but not too closely, because it's a little uncomfortable.
The end of Kate Nash's Merry Happy pierced at least one of my ears.
My 4 year old asked me if the waveguides on the tweeter were razor blades, I told him no, but I think he was on to something, there is some sharp sounds coming out of these speakers.
Chris Cornell's voice is a mix of sloppy midbass flapping with harsh upper crap smeared on top.