Well, the Usher Dancer Mini 2's are my next stop the search for a perfect 2-channel speaker. I got them about a month ago; I've just been slow to update the community on my progress!
Anyway, I'm basically deciding whether I'm going to keep these or keep the Magnepan 3.6's as my main 2-channel speaker. I'm not keeping both, so don't bother.
What attracted me to these Ushers (and all Ushers for that matter), is their highly-regarded bang-for-your-buck ratio. One reviewer said that the only speaker he knew of with a similar price to performance was the Maggie 3.6, so, naturally, my interest was peaked.
The Maggies and these Ushers retailed for about the same price, they sell for about the same amount on the used market, and they both offer an incredible performance for the price; however, the similarities stop there.
These are two very different designs, and the results are, as expected, very different. You would think that with two speakers that sound this different, I would immediately gravitate to one over the other... not the case. I love both. They both do things that the other can't do. I've been going back and forth for a month now, and I still don't know.
Here's a slight complication to the decision: I like to have (2) different pairs of speakers (generally a ribbon and a cone) in my 2-channel setup, so I can switch it up. If I keep the Ushers as my main speakers, I will use a pair of Magnepan 1.6's as the backups. If I keep the Magnepan 3.6's as my mains, I will use a pair of SDA-1C's as my backups. Between the 1C's and the 1.6's, whichever speaker does not get used as a backup in the main rig will be used as the main speaker in a secondary rig. Got that?
I'll figure it out.
Pics: (oh, note the new ARC CD-1 !!! thanks Santa!!!)