Signet 256 Floorstanding Speakers

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Ed Weiss   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 21, 2000]
Strength:

Deep Bass for size. Midrange

Weakness:

Treble can be sizzly

Nice loking small 2 way bass refles speaker. When I first had these speakers hooked up to my Creek 4040 S3 integrated amp the treble was kind of harsh and sizzly, even after break in. Later hooked it up to a Naim Nait I picked up on the cheap at audoiogone.com, a great site for used hi-end audio gear. Well everything improved by a great magnitude. Where did the harsh treble go? Deep bass, fantastic mid range. Played Cat Steven's " Tea For the Tillerman".. and forgot the equipment. I heard musical details I never heard befor. These are great speakers for the money. I got mine at net market.com. Signets are not too easy to find in most areas. Why not. They beat the pants off Tannoy M1's and B&W's 302... which I feel are overrated. These are the real deal. The only possible drawback is the treble. If your ancillay equipment is cheapo these will not sing the treble will get in the way. If you partner it with a Nait or other good integrated amp they will sing and so will you. Great value for money. On some recordings I actually heard the room yes, I did. Remember the speakers are only as good as the source, garbage in garbage out. Oh yea, cd player is the cal Icon, awesome, turntable, rotel rp-900, with rega rb-250 arm and audio-technica 440ml..all decent ancillaries. Worth an audition, if you can find them. consistantly be tamed.

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4
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Laurence Richards   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 26, 1997]

After lisening to other small,medium quality speakers such as AE100's,Totem Mites, Mirage 190i's, Paridigm ?MK3's I was confused as to which way to lean. So I decided to go back to a high end sound room to lisen again to some Proac's that had sparked my interest in small speakers in the first place. Upon expaining what I was doing my salesman demoed a pair of Signet 256 speakers that were in my price range. Their smooth and effortless delivery of music and soundstage (Diana Krall's "All for You" CD= cut 2) sold me almost immediatly. After taking them home and warming them up my opinion of them has only grown. On a wide variety of Jazz, Blues, ClskRckWldPp these little speakers shine. They do not color, only reveal what signal you give them. For a 16 lb. 13'x 8" x 12" speaker with a 6.5" / .75" driver array and a cost less than $400 canadian they will astound you! Five star quality in my books!

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Anthony Criseno   an Audio Enthusiast [May 25, 1998]

The moment I heard this speaker I knew that this is one of the one the best in terms of price/performance ratio. Everything sounded so musical and its so easy to drive. The only thing that prevented me to purchasing these speakers is that I was able to get an Epos ES11 for a lower price.

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TAO GU   an Audiophile [Aug 03, 1998]

These mini monitors have only one step from high-end, with big soundstage and powerful bass which suits chorale music best. They are easy to drive without very low impedance. Midrange seems a bit laidback. The outside build quality is average. For the price I'd give four and a half stars.

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4
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Atif Zia   an Audio Enthusiast [Dec 29, 1998]

I recently purchased a pair of these speakers at $350 CDN. The sound is very deep, treble slicing a thin frequency out of thick tangible rear acoustic sound. I have found that the thickness of bass is very 3D in the sense that height, angle and direction of the speaker can create really heavy duty bass amplitude summation from the two speakers. These speakers run great on my old 480 Watt Nikko amplifier as well as a mini Technics home stereo. Very good for parties.

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5
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Lenard Dean   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 09, 1999]

I haven't heard the speakers myself but check out the well written review at http://thestar.com.my/audio/1096/03signet.html

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5
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Hansen Dy   an Audiophile [Apr 18, 1997]

Mr. Richards is correct about the Signet SL256. They are the among the most neutral speakers in the entry-level high end price range. Their most endearing trait is the robust and extended bass response that has neither the exagerated bumps and booms of their price-peers. They also have a very uncolored mids that is a bit laid back - not a bad thing for today's kind of recordings. It's only weakness is in the treble - it is not bright per se but it is not as smooth as the best there is. I lived with these speakers for a long time. However, the Sonus Faber Concertinos have totally outclassed them, albeit at almost double the price. Still, I give these speakers a very high recommendation. They are unequaled at their price and they are a better value over the NHT Superone or Superzero. Too bad Signet is not as popular as NHT . . .

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5
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Alan Chow   an Audio Enthusiast [Jun 25, 1997]

I purchased a pair of Signet 256 after having listen to them at a friend's place. I immediately fell in love with these tiny speakers the first time I listened to them. These are high end speakers for family men like myself with limited equipment budget. As noted by Hansen, the high is not as bright as most other speakers that I have auditioned prior to the purchasing of these speakers, however, the uncolored midrange/tweeter and the wide plus deep sound stage provided by these tiny speakers are definitely a bargain with a price of less than $400 Canadian. I use these speakers for home theatre listening as well and these speakers match very well with the Infinity Video 1 centre speaker that I am currently using. A quick note for those who wants more detail on these speakers, the June Stereophile has a review article on them - Interesting reading.

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