I went by the few reviews I found on the net and decided to buy these. Without a doubt, these are excellent speakers for the money. There are better ones out there but way above this price range. The support at HiFiNage was very good - quick to respond to questions and very courteous. I found them reassuring since I've never dealt with them before. The speakers arrived in good shape but the original packaging could have been better - it looked old. Other than that, absolutely nothing to complain about.
Good speakers overall. Very balanced. I did not get the hand gloves I saw on all reviews and videos. And although the Blue Dart packaging was solid, the HiVi cardboard looked very old and tattered. This means that hifinage has a bad storage facility ( I doubt this ) or these speakers have been used and returned (acc. to the satisfaction guarantee, this happens) repeatedly.
1. Very good speakers
2. Bad original packaging
3. Need cheaper shipping options (not only blue dart premium)
3. One set of accessories missing (hand gloves)
Alright... There are not many reviews for the new version(iv) on the net(although the ones available are very positive), I thought I would chime in and give my 2 cents.
In a word, these speakers (or should I say monitors?) are awesome! I was building up a home recording set-up and wanted a good pair of reference monitors to add up to my primary reference of Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones. My demand was rather tough to meet as I wanted one which provides a nearly flat response but at the same time not sounding too clinical or cold and within a tight price bracket. The D1080-IV somehow seemed to meet these criteria on paper and I thought of giving it a shot leaving alone all the initial apprehensions.
Plugging in at first, I was not very impressed as there was a little boost at low-mid range making the sound dull/tinny but then I allowed it to "break-in" for some time and then boy, the thing opened up and I started to hear what I wanted to! They sound even & smooth with tight bass and crystal clear vocals standing out so well; The sound seems to be maturing day by day making it even more pleasing & musical!
However, the source plays a role here. Playing a higher bit rate mp3 or an HD movie will take it to a different level altogether. I run it through a Focusrite sound card and the difference is obvious there too.
On the whole, I am very happy and content of this purchase and would recommend this product to anyone looking for balanced speakers at this price point. I got it from HiFiNage - their service and delivery are prompt and satisfying.
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