Hi, I been using a pair of KEF's Q Compact which drive by Cambridge Audio azur 640A for month. But just couple days ago I brought a pair of Totem MITE (from A&B Sound for $599), instantly I can tell how much better MITEs compare to Q Compact. But I also interest in the others: Quad 11L and Audience 42. I never have a chance to heard them, but they are good on reviews. So anyone here can offer an opinion? Any input will appreciate. :-)
Hi, I tested the Audience 42 and Mite last Friday in a shop with my own Yamaha reciever. The Mite sounded better in the details and stereo sound. You can almost hear the exact location of instruments within the stereo range. For instance, I could almost hear when for instance a guitar was added somewhere at the back on the left side. It does not however produce a full sound with lots of bass. But it has a sufficient bass sound. The Audience 42 also has a good sound but is not that precise. This one has a more full sound (with more bass in it) probably because of its larger size, but is not that accurate on the details compared to the Totem.
I use Mites, but on one system I've added a PSB sub (5i) with a low crossover (70Hz) just to capture the bass a little better. This works for classical, but when I put on most pop/rock I have to turn the sub off. Controls are on the front, very easy to use. Mites are my favourite.
The Dynaudio 42's can be a bit vague with image placement. The Dane's neutrality and revealing character will reproduce precisely whatever is fed to them. A poor source, ampflication, interconnects, and speaker cables will be apparent thus imaging will be subpar. You don't have to spend a ton of money to make them sing but better components and cables will be noticably apparent with the Dyn's than with many other speakers.
I heard the Dyns just yesterday at Lakozy. Did an AB with PSB 25 somethings... (Used a regular NAD 325 BEE and van del hull spkr cables)Though the dyn was easier on my ears, it lacked accurate timing. Even bass was rather poor. That's where the psb made up. I'd say the Dynaudio 52 SE is a better bet!
I don't know the NAD 325BEE but I do know the 320BEE and it is only rated at 50x2 watts. The bass will not be as prominent at lower listening levels with the BEE. Van del hull spkr cables are warm cables almost to the point of boring with already warm speakers and amp.
But you are right I have heard nothing but good things said about the 52 SE but they are in a different price range as the regular 42/52.