I was looking for speakers for monitoring high-end use and audiophile listening too. HP of accurate and powerful. my choice was first arrested on Dynaudio BM15A who unanimously in the world of monitoring. The XM10 D were presented to me after listening to making direct contact with the company ATD2 has supported the activities of monitoring speakers FAR Audio.
They are pregnant with a real voice 3 10 "woofer is 25 inches in contrast to that of the Dynaudio BM15A that measures 20 inches in reality, contrary to their specifications suggest.
The speakers are XM digital converters are integrated into the enclosure and so there is no need sound card. Simply connect to any HP digital output from CD, DVD, motherboard features a SPDIF output, where AES console.
I had the chance to listen to these speakers next to BM15A for a week in the same room and be able to switch from one to another at will.
It should be noted that XM is a non-standard flexibility since they can be set very precisely according to the place of listening and listening style through the 10-band parametric equalizer.
In terms of neutrality, they are beyond reproach once calibrated. The three-way certainly provide an additional challenge because there is danger of its coloring if the settings are not optimized. Once this difficulty is overcome, the bass, midrange and treble are detached from each other in a natural way. There is no excess in the reproduction of each of these frequencies and listening is very natural and soft. No ear fatigue. Even better than the Dynaudio yet known in this area.
Most impressive is the stereo image. I never heard a broad spectrum. While the Dynaudio are accurate but very straight FAR surround sound 180 degrees with a distinct position in space and accurate. sound completely surrounds the subject. We had forgotten the potential of a simple technology 2.0. Listening to a CD Roger Waters filled the space of the room. In the mix, you can position your sounds precisely where you want an angle of 180 °.
The advantage of these speakers also reside in their versatility, their ability to reproduce a style of his. Thus, if the bass down very low but it is not suitable for local, you can cut the subwoofer (or to put down) and to enhance 70Hz-140Hz for a dynamic similar to flat of BM15A. RAF engineers were able to reproduce in a few minutes on the XM the exact bass response from Dynaudio in my great room.
It shows a very dynamic in its grave, very deep at all frequencies.
I listened fifty CD by switching to the FAR Dynaudio and I can assure you that there are certain sounds, particluier in mediums that do not agree on the Dynaudio and stand very well and naturally on XM. The three-way is certainly something.
I used these speakers for a week in comparative listening in my room. And I have commanded!
This is an outstanding product of his strong hand in all registers and its ability to adapt to all environments and styles of listening. Obviously, I place them far above the Dynaudio BM15A even if the comparison is not very balanced for reasons of technical and budget. In fact, we should compare them with AIR 20 but they are twice as expensive.
I said that I listened to almost everything that is in this range of monitoring: Genelec, Mackie, Adam (no PMC unfortunately). It shows that Dynaudio is the undisputed leader in relation to these major trademarks. FAR was renowned for its quality products but less known in the market. It turns out that the range XM largely from the crowd. I regret that reserves its range Dynaudio AIR professionals by excluding his fans with prices very discouraging. Nevertheless, I believe that systems in FAR XM compete with the very largment AIR range. This makes it a unique and exceptional.
Finally, it is important to note that the detailed parameters of pregnant are accessible via a soft option. Two versions: one of the app is for professionals, the other is very accessible but the parametric EQ is limited to 5 bands (against 10 in the pro version). There is also an optional remote control that provides access to the same functions as those that are behind the speaker. These are still substantial since found, volume, input gain, a very precise adjustment of bass / treble, delay etc. ...
In conclusion, I highly recommend these sheets. They represent a real evolution in the world of the enclosure monitoring, where Genelec has totally broken with his series 8.
The only problem is the distribution channel does not exist in France at the time of writing. Indeed, the brand FAR created a specific company (ATD2) for its business speakers. You will not find any information on the site of RAF about monitoring. You have to go on the site www.atd2.com
Until an authorized distributor landed in France soon, you can always put you in touch with the company ATD2 through which I acquired a pair of XM.
I will return the site to add details of the OBS 10D sub15D and I could also listen. I also ordered the sub15D to provide a listening 2.1 and comment on the results once installed and tested.