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QLN 603 mkII
1 Reviews
rating  4 of 5
Description: <ul> <li>High efficiency</li> <li>Slim cabinet design</li> <li>High power handling</li> <li>6,5 inch mid/bass driver</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rune Arnesen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I just replaced my old SEAS Avanti kit with the QLN 603 mkII and that will be the comparison for this review. The speakers are not quite worn in yet but I thought I'd update along as thing falls into place.
Now the speakers have played somewhere 40-50 hrs. Some say speakers need more than 200 hrs but I challenge anyone to specify changes in sound after 100 hrs, other than changes inside the head ;-)

The set-up is a Marantz CD63-SE that has proven to be more than up to the task for many years. The amp is a Marantz PM66-SE. Signal Cables are from TARA Labs and to the loudspeakers are ordinary 4.5 mm2 copper cables. I use Phenix Gold plugs on the amp and direct termination towards speakers.

The first impression was that these speakers are very light driven so the volume had to be turned down a bit compared to the Avantis. They go deep and are relatively linear, but adjustments of the distance to back wall is important.
They are fast, responsive and playful. But since they are new, I haven't tested them on high/"twelve a clock" volumes yet.
Mid range is good, with a detailed sound a bit towards the warm side. That is porbably also due to the Marantz set-up, which has a tendency towards a more "vinyl" sound. Which I like.
The discant is clear and defined, not too bright but not too "colored" either. Together with the upper mid range, it provides a lively persepcitve/soundscape that more or less eliminates sound-source direction, and presents a field of sound instead of sound points.

The Avantis were also used on a Dynaco Dual Mono Power amp, which proved to be a far better amp than the PM66-SE. But due to practical puroposes, the Dynaco was replaced (I didn't use a preamp and the Dynaco had separate volume controls and only one stereo input.)
The next step is therefore to reintroduce the Dynaco combined with a pre-amp. So if anyone is interested in a used PM66-SE ....

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $5995.00

Purchased At:   Hif-Fi Center Kjeden

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