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  • 4.2 & 4.2c Review

    Well, there are reviews of the 5.2 and of the 6.2 but since no one has posted a review of the 4.2 speakers I figured I might as well be the first one! :D

    Setup:
    Outlaw 990
    Outlaw 7125
    4.2 main
    4.2c
    hsu vtf-2
    Sony cd player circa 1988
    Cobalt Cable Ultimate Speaker Cables
    RS interconnects
    Room description - 12'x30' with large openings on 1 side and half of the floor is tile and the other half carpet. The speakers are along the narrow wall.

    Eventually I plan to finish my home theater setup by upgrading the interconnects and installing the rear speakers (Speakercraft Aim 8 Two) so until that happens I'm listening to 2-channel and "5-channel" (basically it gets the center into the mix) mode.

    I don't have much experience with audio equipment and most of my purchases have been from reading several forums. My equipment before upgrading consisted of entry level Sony components from 1988. A few years ago I purchased Magnaplaner MG-Ib from a friend. They were obviously being under powered but they still sounded amazing when compared to what we had before. One of my favorites within my price range (under 1k) included the B&W 603 S3 (wonderful sound but average looks ... yes, I'll admit that mattrs to me) and the Monitor Audio RS6 (beautiful speakers, wasn't as moving as the B&W ... tough to describe ... but the center channel was not up to par). I really enjoyed the B&W 700 series speakers but were too expensive. This is one of the reasons I decided to go with Swan - they looked similar to the B&W speakers, had excellent reviews, looked beautiful and there was satisfaction guarantee.

    Let me say the speakers are worth a lot more than I paid for them. They blow away any of the $1000 speakers I auditioned. The imaging is excellent and the sounds is engaging and not fatiguing. My wife loved the Maggies but after doing a basic a/b comparison it was no contest. My music tastes ranges from Etta James, The Police, Rod Stewart, Natalie Merchant, Green Day, INXS, Duran Duran, and various hip-hop artists. This was before I even installed the sub! With the sub the sound quality went up a notch (x-over at 60). The best way for me to describe it was that it seemed the speakers didn't have to work as hard. Especially with the bass heavy songs.

    The main speakers and the center are very well matched. I am only playing music through the center and based on what I'm hearing I am assuming it should sound just as clear when in a home theater role.

    I am extremely happy with my purchase and these speakers are staying put!!

    Ok, what about the cons? I was disappointed that spikes are not included. It doesn't look like the picture shown on the website. There are feet maybe an inch tall. If you pry off the bottom of the feet it will expose a torx screw but it will also pull off some of the gold paint. White gloves were not included with the 4.2 but they were with the 4.2c (no biggie). Also, I only received one 4.2 with the other one arriving several days later after Jon told me FedEx made the mistake of not shipping pairs to several orders. Also no email notification that the speakers were sent.

    Let me also state that Jon has been very responsive and that is a very big reason why I went with the Swans. Thank you Jon!!

    Jon - do you know what size screw this is so I can purchase some replacement spikes?

    The speakers to me sound very musical to my non-audiophile ears. They do open up with the use of a sub. I briefly had it to -10db on the 990 and it wasn't having any issues.

    Ok, I'll end my babbling. 8)

  • #2
    Good review. I noticed that you are using pretty much the same equipment as I am. (990 and the 7125). I am very pleased with this hardware.

    The 4.2s with a sub are probably very similar to the 6.2s. These beasts almosts didn't need a sub. The twin 8" drivers really drop the bass.

    Check out my review of the 6.2s.
    http://www.theaudioinsider.com/forum...7f9495fcd3169d

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    • #3
      Thanks cveale. I enjoyed reading your review. I find it interesting to read the reviews from people with a background in music so excellent job!

      My wife was also disappointed when the Swans sounded better than the Maggies. The Maggies had excellent soundstage (I used imaging but I'm assuming they mean the same thing?) but the Swans also did a great job in that area. I do admit that the room is probably too small for the Maggies and they are probably placed to close to the wall. I plan on moving them to a larger room and run the 2 surround channels to them for stereo listening.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cruztopless
        Thanks cveale. I enjoyed reading your review. I find it interesting to read the reviews from people with a background in music so excellent job!

        My wife was also disappointed when the Swans sounded better than the Maggies. The Maggies had excellent soundstage (I used imaging but I'm assuming they mean the same thing?) but the Swans also did a great job in that area. I do admit that the room is probably too small for the Maggies and they are probably placed to close to the wall. I plan on moving them to a larger room and run the 2 surround channels to them for stereo listening.
        Well, actually soundstage and imaging are a bit different. Imaging is the ability of a speaker to make certain singers/instruments sound as if they are occupying a particular location in your listening area, regardless of where the speakers are positioned.

        Soundstage is the size of that listening area. Does it sound like an intimate night club, or a concert hall?

        Imaging = positioning
        Soundstage = size/depth

        Thanks for your comments!

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        • #5
          Thanks for the nice review. I understand that the dimensions of the speakers as posted on the web site are not quite accurate. If it is possible, could you let me know the real dimension (H x W x D) of your speakers ? I especially would like to know the height with/without the tweeters.
          Thanks,
          Alan

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          • #6
            Took some quick measurements and I got 39"h x 9.75"w x 14.5"d excluding the tweeter. The tweeter adds a couple of inches. Keep in mind the speakers are on some thick carpet so it might be a tad taller.

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            • #7
              Onix SP-3

              I bought this as "b" stock from Mark last November and have not used it even once.
              Have taken it out of the box to make sure everything works - it does.
              The tubes are new. The unit looks pristine.
              $425 + shipping/paypal (if used). Thanks.

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              • #8
                shipping from ... ?

                :)

                ..dane
                (The first to sport a signature on TCAforum..)
                "Be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a great burden." - Philo of Alexandria
                "Love God and be nice to people." - Brooks Everett of CBC
                d&k's webpage

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dane
                  shipping from ... ?

                  :)

                  ..dane
                  Sorry - shipping from 15243

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by draco
                    I bought this as "b" stock from Mark last November and have not used it even once.
                    Have taken it out of the box to make sure everything works - it does.
                    The tubes are new. The unit looks pristine.
                    $425 + shipping/paypal (if used). Thanks.
                    Bump - still 4 sale.

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