10th December 2012
I heard Twins occasionally and was very disappointed by it's accuracy. I don't want to diss anyone who is using twins. I think they can be enough to do the job. But they color really much. To any engineer happens that when you purchase new speaker you discover its pros at first and then realize its cons. Sometimes it's late and man is involved by business plus expecting some extra for his money.
Recently I was very flustered by selling mines 7 years old Sub12+A7 setup wich was powerful to handle a club. I used it in superb room with ARC. Fine experience. Later I realize that sub is suffering too much at 85hz at 90db (too big membrane) and start to use A7 solely (sub off for more then a year). They are really great and if set right can be very truthful. But they didn't translate accurately every time (master). I happened that sibilants ware not well controlled.. so I tried another speaker JBL 4425.. I had to sell my set-up to buy them.. I did it. We live once.
After few weeks with 4425 I figured out that they are more then big boxes with strange horns. But more importantly mixes start to be full and well balanced. It was a pain in a butt at first time because they sounded too hi-fi to me and making them sound good was a real challenge. However every good song on them was amazing outside. Translation even on crappy speakers sounded great. First month I hated them.. next I fell in love. But.. there was an issue about them:
- need for perfect amp (something like audiophile marantz from 70's with ultra clean path +2000$)
- 2,5-3,5m distance in perfectly threated space.. (uff. that is not that easy)
- build in the wall
Otherwise they are beautiful piece of history and I do respect people who hold them. They are one of the best mixing speakers, however they are not that fast and crystal clear to suit mastering needs. Too much THD when you listen to the source. I need instrument not the speakers. Hard to make them sound balanced. After consulting big mastering guy here I gave up and sold them last month.
S1X are ok. Masters translate great. However stories about blown woofers alerts me a little. Speaker should be a working horse for 4-6 years at least. Being frustrated by pushing them hard is not a good idea.
That's A, B - the top end is little colored. Helps instruments to sound together and more natural way. But I need to hear wordclock differences. This is why I start that run. A7's showed me those differences in its own speacial way. With S1x I hardly compare wav vs. well converted mp3.
Good to say about them is that I found some tiny mistakes in my previous works. I consider them as better for my room conditions then all previous set-ups. Clients love them and they monitor good enough. +-0,3 db changes are audible.
Love low-mid and high-mid in new Adams. Thumbs up Low-mid is full and not cloudy (don't hear location of the speaker and not sounding cold as previous models) and hi-mid is crispy.. this suits me well but need little (5-10db) more headroom to have reserve.
here is master i did few mins ago. Was not mixing hard but sounded ok on S1x. I sing the chorus and did the drums btw.