I'm the guy that picked 'em up from mewisemagic. A true gentleman and a pleasure to do business with. He helped me load them, and me and gravity unloaded 'em when I arrived home. Thank the lord for hand trucks!
First impressions are that they're big! Took me a little while to get them positioned and connected. I'm comparing these mainly to my modded def tech BP 30's with an emotive ultra 12 sub. Both speakers run through old magnavox cdp to Peter Daniels NOS dac to Odyssey Candela tube linestage to Odyssey Stratos Stereo amp (w/cap upgrade). AC filtering via balaned isolation transformers, and multiple other tweaks including PC's and IC's made by yours truly.
In their present form, the 2.3's don't have quite the clarity of the def techs. On some recordings they sound slightly congested, female voices sound a little chesty. Overall they can sound a little thick. Nice tight bass response. But on other recordings they have a nice clarity. This sometimes occurs on songs on the same cd. Not sure what to think of this.
What the 2.3's have is a huge, much larger, wider, deeper soundstage and dynamics, even at lower volumes. On some recordings with the volume up a little the drums absolutely slam - you can feel it in your chest, both the snare and the kick.
I'm excited about modding these. I pulled a couple of the mw's, and it looks like the only mod performed so far is the binding posts were replaced with Cardas. On performing the push test the mw's on one speaker return to neutral almost immediately. I to tightened the screws to all - no problem. Most of the PR screws on that speaker are stirpped.
So here's my list of mods, thanks to those who have gone before (been doing lots of searching here :)
x-over: sonicaps and mills
Hurricane nuts (similar to T-nuts) and socket head screws for MW's and PR
Cardas binding post for interconnect
Build new IC w/ higher quality wire
dynamat for mw/pr frames
Tweeters (IIRC, the replacement tweeters are the RDO-198?)
Any other suggestions?
Question: For those who have done the crossovers, how are they mounted? What is the best way to remove them from the back wall?
And of course, tips comments welcome.