This morning I finally got the recently acquired SDA CRS+ setup in the workout room of the house.
My first thoughts after listening to the entire No Doubt "The Singles 1992 - 2003" cd was "Polk why are you NOT making these speakers any more?" The CRS+ that I now own have the upgraded tweeters in them and they sound amazing. I then proceeded to listen to DSOTM and some Diana Krall. Sounded great on this music as well.
Believe me, I was skeptical. I had heard stories that the SDAs were bright sounding and had weak bass...WRONG...
These babies rock. Amazing dynamic range and the wide soundstage that others mention in full effect. Owning LSi, Spendors, JBL, Cerwin Vega, Infinity, and now even Dynaudio I have a pretty good feel about what sounds good to me or not. I do not like all esoteric gear however. Just because it has the fancy name does not guarantee sucess with me. Acoustic Zen and Plinius are two brands I recently sold because I just couldn't find myself to like that gear no matter how hard I tried. I also do not claim to be an audiophile but just an enthusiast. What makes one an audiophile anyways?
I have not heard the older tweeters, but these new tweeters are very smooth sounding. The midrange is slightly relaxed sounding but I find the upper midrange to be clearer than the LSi to listen to. More transparency in the music and the background instruments. Bass is solid and authoritative as I have the speakers about a foot or so from the back wall.
I could put some insane volume into these speakers and they never flinched once. Man I wish I had a pair of these back when I was in college 12 years ago. Compared to my Spendors on my Rogue tube amp and even the Dynaudios on Krell, the CRS+ holds its own very well and actually excel in some areas although all the setups sound really good. Tube preamp with the B&K amp will be the next thing to try out for me. The CRS+ with the new tweets are truly an enjoyable audio experience and keepers for sure.
Sorry about not much of a review here. For me it is quite simple... I either like it or I don't and I like 'em.... a lot.
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