About a year and a half ago, I was lucky enough to find a pair of minty fresh CRS+ speakers (I had a pair of CRS, non +, that I got rid of a few years ago), with minty original stands, AND already upgraded to TL status, that were less than a 5 minute drive from my house. Having owned a pair fully modded 2BTL's, I knew what to expect when I went and auditioned them. They honestly didn't impress, but for the price & condition, they were a steal. So I brought them home.
I was never fully happy with my 2BTL's. I was living in a small condo at the time and my electronics weren't even close to what I'm running now. The bass just wasn't there and they just never did it for me all around. I got rid of my first pair of CRS's for the same reason.
I purchased the Totem Hawks based on their reputation and this review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTVS0GCwNxg
I've lived with them for a good year or so, and they are truly impressive speakers. The video review above is spot on. They have more resolving power than any of my SDA's. They are more accurate and image damn well. The Hawks aren't a large speaker so they don't fill my new listening space which is 4x the size of my old condo's.
I have stepped up my electronics considerably in the past few months.
Source: Oppo 105D
Pre: Rogue Audio Perseus Tube Pre
Amps: B&K M200 Mono's
The addition of the Oppo and Rogue Tube Pre have been eye opening. I've owned plenty of pre's and was running the Dared SL2000 (with Telefunken & Tungsram tubes) prior to the Rogue, and the Rogue just smokes it. The Oppo is just wonderful as well and mates really well a tube pre because it is on the dry side, but has a great sound.
Back to the CRS+'s. Like I mentioned, the previous owner did the TL mod and did a complete xover refresh with Solen caps, but left the polyswitch and silver micas in. I decided to replace the Solens with Sonicaps & the resistors with Mills a couple of weeks ago AND I removed the polyswitch (replaced with .5 ohm mills resistor) and removed the silver micas.
I gave em' a good 100+ hours and what I'm getting now is just remarkable. I've swapped the Totem Hawks in and out with the refreshed CRS+ TL's and I with out a single doubt absolutely prefer the CRS+. Bigger soundstage, sweeter tone, not as accurate but far more musical IMO. I never heard my 2BTL's sound like this. It has to be the electronics and the new listening space. It sounds so much better that I'm now considering the big boys at some point.
It's so funny how these old speakers beat out new speakers that I paid a couple of thousand dollars for. Just ridiculous. I'm looking forward to the new tube amp (Rogue Stereo 90 Super Magnum) that will arrive on Monday.
Just a little love for the SDA's baby!