I bought F&D A520 speakers just two months back because of the good reviews and less price they had on Flipkart. But then I came across Swans M10 reviews on net and got very excited about how they would be. And I could not resist but call HifiNage and placed an order. Yesterday I got my speakers very nicely packed and shipped safely to my home. I eagerly opened them and plugged them with my laptop hoping they would be at par with my expectations. And man when I heard them I was blown with the clarity and music stage they had. They are not power speakers and they don't produce mega bass but they sound so realistic and complete. If you close your eyes and listen to them you can not make out the positions of speakers. The music fills up your whole room. I will say that we as Indians are not that fortunate to have so many competitors around in such advanced field of acoustics. I will highly recommend these speakers if you are always concerned about the sound quality. Don't expect typical boom bass and too loud volume from them but if you appreciate the true science behind them, they are worth every penny...
I previously owned creative inspire speakers and was on a search on the internet for upgrading my speakers. I came across this great looking Swan M10 speakers. Most of the reviews from many audiophile sites & forums gave a hint that it not just looks great, but produce excellent sound too, especially considering the price. I made an immediate decision to buy these speakers, even without any audition and ordered it through hifinage, the only dealer available to import and ship in India. I received the shipment last week, neatly packed by hifinage. I hooked up the system and immediately noticed a great world of difference from my earlier creative speakers. It produced excellent SQ with tight bass - it is tight and not the boomy bass - and I began to notice many music bits and pieces, which were hidden in my old speakers. Overall, an excellent sound quality which you very rarely expect from computer speakers. Please note that I use a mere inbuilt audio card - no dedicated sound card - and imagine the quality with a dedicated sound card. Overall, I am pretty much satisfied with this product and the service offered by Hifinage. 100% Recommended.
Really great sounding speakers.
But two things to keep in mind.
1. Use a good audio source. Drive these speakers from a laptop, and you'll wonder what's the big deal. The onboard audio of a decent desktop motherboard is definitely a big step up. But the sweet spot comes with a dedicated audio solution. I saw a big difference when going from a Dell laptop or Lenovo netbook to the onboard audio (Realtek ALC892) of my Asus mobo. Then upgraded to an Asus Xonar U7. Again a noticeable difference.
2. These speakers are very positional. Place them at ear level to get the best effect. Room acoustics are also important to get a good sound experience.
Take some time and effort to get all three (speakers, source and room acoustics) right and you're in for a treat!
Sound Quality is, in a word, awesome. Unbelievably crisp and clear highs and mids. I had to re-listen to my music collection because it was my ears had suddenly become more sensitive! Lows are adequate for me - Rock, Metal, Prog, even Classical sounds great. May not be enough for hip-hop or dubstep, but I don't listen to those. The soundstage is good, once you've set them up correctly, which in my case is with the satellites on the desk, slightly directed upwards to ear, and the sub on the desk too, in the middle. I can identify where the sounds are supposed to be coming from, especially in well-mastered live recordings. Loudness is good enough for near-field listening, but not that loud to really fill a 10 by 12 room.
I had a pair of Audioengine's A2s earlier, and there is simply no comparison! This one blows the A2s straight out!
Build quality is the only thing I disliked. Coming from the solidly built A2s, this one feels flimsy. Satellites feel too light, the connecting wires, too fragile, and well. They had to compromise somewhere, and I'm glad they compromised on this and not on the sound quality.
Value for Money- 11/10. Enough said.
Support and Service- 11/10. I had some issues with the shipment but the seller was very helpful in sorting them out, and I really troubled him a lot to settle things. Really nice dealing with him.
Not an audio expert to review the speakers, only posting my experience with Swans M10. I’ve owned Logitech, Edifier and Altec Lansing speakers before. Comparing to those, the swans M10 speakers sound very bright and crisp. You can hear the instruments very clearly. Bass is present in adequate quantity, it’s not booming always and not overpowering other frequencies (I really like this and never turns the bass knob post 50%). People who like to shake the room rather than enjoying the music will not like the sub-woofer of swans M10. I like music and its more enjoyable when you are able to hear all the minute sounds that you’ve missed while listening previously with older speaker sets. An important thing to be noted with Swans M10 is their placement, I got the optimum results when they are placed at the ear level. Placement can be tricky since all three units should go at the same level (yes, you cannot put the sub-woofer on the ground). The sound quality of the speakers will improve as they get used more and more. So far I am very happy with the purchase.
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