QLN 603 mkII Floorstanding Speakers

QLN 603 mkII Floorstanding Speakers 


  • High efficiency
  • Slim cabinet design
  • High power handling
  • 6,5 inch mid/bass driver


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[Mar 12, 2007]
Rune Arnesen
Audio Enthusiast


The cab seemes very well dampened and stiff without any vibrations whatsoever. The cab' supports are very nice and keeps the speakers steady up from the floor.

They seem to be very versatile and works just as well for movies as for music. I played Mr & Mrs Smith this weekend and it was very fun compared to the Avantis which are more pure music due to .

TOOLs 10000 Days sound awesome! The same goes for Eva Cassidy and Madrugada - The Nigtly Disease where every single detail is revieled. Pure fun.
Brothers In Arms and The Dark Side of The Moon was played pretty early and need another round after more "wearing in".


The lower mid-range and bass is not quite linear, but this I belive is due to the fact that they are not quite worn in yet and that I haven't had enough "research" on finding the optimal distance to the back wall.

I find the sound to be a bit held back. But this is probably due to the PM66-SE weaknesses as well as the fact that they need more play time to be worn in. I expect this to change when I go back to the Dynaco and use a pre-amp. (Probably a Vincent SA-31.)

I'll update when I've used them a bit more on another amp.

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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