Ok Ive had my 1Cs now for about two weeks and time to let you guys know my thoughts on them versus my 90s.
:D Man Im a lucky soul. First off the 90s after the addition of the sunfire mkII sounded amazing. I had problems with the mkII and had to send it off for warranty work. I got a loner refrence siries sunfire it is rated about 200 watts per instead of the 325 that the MkII brings. The sdas had a tough hill to climb, I was not going to be swayed eaisiy. I was thinking for reasons that the sdas would fail, gimicky, and the fact that no other companies try anything like it now or in the past just added to my doubts.
It has never felt this good to be wrong. I had alwasy regarded sound as highs and lows. The 90s do have great highs and lows but the detail that the sdas bring to the table that the 90s just do not do. Maybe its the extra tweeter that the sdas have that adds that extra little something that the 90s do not have. There seems to be a depth that I have never heard before and the clarity that comes about is outstanding. It brings out an almost magical sense, no words to explain it but its there.
At first I was verry dissapointed in the sdas because I thought the bass was verry lacking. The problem that I encountered is the fact that you cannot set up the sdas like normal speakers. Mine are currently 27.5" from the side walls 65" apart from one another and a mere 3.5" from the back wall. The bass is still tight and not the least bit boomy and the soundstage is still there in all of its glory. If I had the availble room I would like to get it about another 10" from the side wall and about an additional 30" abart. I think that would greatly improve the sound stage and add to the experience.
If you have never had a chance to hear a pair of sdas then you have got to do yourself the favor and give them a chance before you even think about any other purchase new or used. The pair that I got used looked as if they were right out of the box and I could not believe that a pair of speakers this old could look this amazing. I was expecting them to be in ok condition not out of the box new looking.
Pioneer 45a sacd player
Sunfire Refrence amp
Monster speaker wires
Ill post additional coments after I get back my mkII.