Technics SB-M500 Floorstanding Speakers

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rasa a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Listened to a lot of speakers even considered buying some other but then I found these speakers for only 180euro
They have good bass sound in side of the box have a 2x14cm cone type bass driver and drive 2x planar passive radiator 18cm in square, passive radiator has been placed at the bottom of the enclosure and has realized the low frequency reproduction corresponds to an equivalent 25cm woofers.
Mid-range are nice sound, material is a mica composite cone that blended the mica and pulp, strong but light in weight.
High region is equipped with a 2.5cm dome tweeter diaphragm of the pure mica with a large modulus and high internal loss, and has the high region play much better.
Enclosure, has a structure arranged skillfully in the tall cabinet, structure that is built into the unit and DDD baffle mid-high range, and is reducing the mutual interference caused by vibration, respectively. In addition, the shell plate is adopted as the thickness of 22mm MDF with little squeal, coupled with the effect of DDD (dual dynamic drive), and has realized the low resonance enclosure with high rigidity.
In addition, mid-high range baffle is to reduce the disturbance of the characteristics of the area by minimizing it and nice flocked finish.
Gold plated speaker terminals support bi-wiring connection, 4mm thick cord or plug.
Playback frequency 35Hz - 45kHz Weight 18.5kg one
Enclosure picture http://www.audio-heritage.jp/TECHNICS/speaker/sb-m500(2).JPG nice

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Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ungureanu Cristi a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I had these speakers for over 3 years, and I was pretty sattisfied with my Technics gear, untill few months ago when I entered the real hi-fi world buying an Arcam 7 cd and Arcam 8R amplifier with some StraightWire cables.I wasn't listening too many speakers, except some PSB's at dealler and a friend's JBL's, but it sounded different from my sb-m 500! Except bass wich goes pretty low, I can't tell anything good about them. At high levels the driver's membrane seems to fall apart and some resonances occurs. If you listen to dance and electronic music maybe you can live with them. Now I'm looking for some Dynaudio or Tannoy, the only major brands I can find in Romania, to replace it.

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Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Gheorghe Olarescu a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 20, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I got these loudspeakers for 500 $ and I use them with a Technics SL-PG590 CD Player and a Technics SU-A700Mk3 Amplifier. I used to listen through a pair of Polish speakers, Tonsil ZGB 65 (65W nominal, 45-18000Hz, 91dB). I read about the sophisticated push-pull woofer formula Technics developed and I wanted to see if it works. The SB-M500 look astonishing, tall, sleek, very profound and very heavy. They have a large passive radiator in the back and a black velvet layer round the tweeter and midrange speakers. The first time I tried the SB-M500 I was very disappointed, as they lacked the powerful bass and most of all they required almost twice as much power from the amplifier to sound like the old loudspeakers. Even the mid/treble lacked energy. After a while and after careful positioning I started to like the softer, much cleaner sound, and to appreciate the subliminal bass. These are very carefully crafted speakers, a pleasure for the eye and for the demanding ears. As one reviewer mentioned, though they are excellent with most types of music, it’s in jazz and classical that they reveal their unusual sensibility. Please note that they get easily saturated and I suppose the 80Watts Technics claims are a little exaggerated. I should also mention the bi-wiring facility and the huge gold plated terminals. A very decent gorgeous looking and sensible HiFi speaker at a fair price.

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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by John Gamlin a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 17, 1998

Bottom Line:   
Thought i might give an update now that i have had these speakers over a year.I have used them both for music and for stereo front speakers when watching movies, quite an experience!
It just gets better all the time , recently i been listening to a lot of
Mozarts wind instrument stuff and i couldnt believe how the sound just fell out
with ease, smooth and detailed.
For those who havent seen them the build quality is exceptional, Allen screws
are used to attach the speaker units and the tweeter is mounted with 8 of them!
Technics Speakers gets a rough ride in the audio newsgroups, and i wonder whether they have seen the better models?

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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Vincent van Leeuwen a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 26, 1997

Bottom Line:   
I listened to a lot of speakers in the shops and even considered buying some for about $600 a piece. But then I found these speakers for only $300 a piece! (Well, actually F600, but that's about the same :))
They have an amazing bass sound considering the size of the units. And one of the best things of this speaker: placement isn't VERY important. Some speakers only sound good in perfect surroundings on perfect spots. But this speakers gives a whopping base wherever you put it (and they're in a crammy, reverbing room at the moment so I know what I'm talking about :))

I think the treble is a tiny bit too low, but that's probably my personal preference. And turning the treble on my Sony TA-VE700 amplifier up a bit makes the sound just perfect, so no real complaint there.

My amplifier gives 2x90W, that sounds a bit much considering these speakers are rated 80W DIN, but they handle it with ease (although I haven't put the volume much higher than 55% :)). Technics claims they can handle 160W music, but I wouldn't put that much trough the speakers if your bass boost is still on :) Maybe it can be done with a flat equalizer.

Overall rating: VERY GOOD!!!


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