User Review: Synchrony Two - PSB Synchrony Two - Natural musicality, indeed!

July 15, 2012

Products: Synchrony Two

I have been enjoying my Synchrony Two’s for about ten months. The rest of my system includes an Oppo BDP-93 blu-ray player, a Marantz SR6005 receiver (rated 110 watts/channel), and Audioquest cables throughout. By the way, the SR6005 has plenty of power to drive the S2‘s in my medium sized family room, with headroom to spare. My main interest is classical music but I also listen to jazz and pop. No matter what I play, it sounds great. Using a Stereophile test disc, I verified that the useful bass extends down to the low 30’s. The double low C pedal tone (32.7 Hz) at the beginning of Strauss’s Thus Spake Zarathustra comes through clearly in Reiner’s famous 1950’s recording. The fanfare that follows (made famous by 2001: A Space Odyssey) sounds spectacular, all lines coming through with great clarity, spectral balance, and coherent imaging. Hard to believe, considering the age of the recording. Other long-time favorites also sound great, especially Karajan’s 1966 DG recording of Pictures at an Exhibition and Mackerras’s 1980 Decca recording of Janacek’s Sinfonietta. Also impressive is the clarity of the bass in, for example, the quick, agitated sections of the third movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (as heard in the Carlos Kleiber recording). Newer SACD’s of classical music are even more impressive. These speakers bring out the best of great recordings and allow you to judge the quality of the recording - occasionally, even new recordings are poorly recorded. Besides orchestral music, I’ve listened to keyboard music, chamber music, vocal and choral music, operas, and watched DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. All genres come across extremely well. The only thing I that may eventually add is a subwoofer to reach the deepest bass. Few orchestral instruments reach very far below that double low C but organs, bass drums, and movie sound effects do. Overall, I am exremely satisfied with the S2’s and recommend them highly to anyone seeking clarity, spectral balance, and coherent imaging.

Warren - San Luis Obispo, California

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