The Swan 2.1s arrived yesterday. They are quite nice. I put them in the rear of my 5.1 channel with the Swan C3 and Diva 6.2. I have not tried the 2.1 as stereo speakers, because right now I have what you see in the images below.
Harbeth Monitor 40.1, Harbeth P3ESR, Kudos Cardea C1, Kudos Cardea C30.
I borrowed them from a local dealer to take to my buddy's dad's house. We tested them with his McIntosh setup and B&W 803d and B&W HTM1 system. The Kudos C30 won hands down! The B&W diamond tweeter is very piercing and fatiguing to listen to. It makes them intolerable to our ears. The Harbeth Monitor 40.1 was very muddy in the small room which had a lot of furniture. They were too large for the room and weren't able to shine like they should. They also have an exaggerated mid-range, but I love them anyway.
We decided that the Kudos C30 was hands down the winner. They don't look like much, but they sound phenomenal. They have a ton of very tight and accurate bass. The treble is amazingly detailed, and from the top to the bottom of the frequency range they were the clear winner. Their size and clarity made them the best match for the small room we were dealing with. They will be used as the L&R, and the C1 will work as a center channel and rears. Kudos will soon be making a center channel and my roommate's dad will be buying it when it's available. The speakers come from England and they have no presence in the US, so this C30 pair is the one of only a couple in the US right now. My local dealer will be getting more in the future.
The van packed full of speakers
The Monitor 40.1s in my living room, powered by an LSA Standard.
Edited by Greg121986 - 6/8/11 at 10:36am