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Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers

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Posted on October 25, 2016 at 10:48:55
samurai7595
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Any Ryan R630 speaker owners out there?

What has been your experience with the R630 and what integrated or pre-amp/amp combo are you using with the R630 speakers?

How would you describe its sound, especially its highs (treble)? Would you say that it's a "bright" speaker or not?

 

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RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 25, 2016 at 11:35:39
digilog5
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Hello,

I am not an owner but had the chance to listen to these at the Axpona 2016 show in Chicago having not heard of this manufacturer before. I am a panel speaker person but these speakers really caught my attention. They were playing with Auralic's Merak monoblocks and the Auralic dac as preamp. They had a very even character, nothing stood out, and for sure they had extremely low box colorations. It struck me as a very finely tuned speaker design. If I went back to box designs, that would definitely be a speaker to seriously look at in my opinion. Simple and beautiful cabinet too.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 25, 2016 at 15:20:59
Brian Walsh
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They are here on display, as are the R610 monitors. We find the Parasound Halo Integrated works really well with them but invite people to bring their own electronics, tube or solid state, and/or audition them in their homes.

They never come across as bright, yet they are revealing of natural detail.
Brian Walsh
Music Direct

So much music, so little time!

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 25, 2016 at 15:34:39
Gary
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I don't if this is of any help to you, but I've owned the Ryan 620 speakers for almost two years. For amplification I'm using a Rogue Audio Cronus Integrated Magnum with the KT-120 tubes. I'd describe the sound as smooth and natural. Some other speakers, like the Reynaud Offrandes the Ryans replaced, I tended to think of as "warm". The Ryans are different. To me they just seem neutral. They certainly aren't lean and there's nothing bright about the tweeters. I wouldn't have kept them if I heard anything like that. To me, they sound right.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 00:18:07
Frihed89
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No, I haven't heard them, but I like the comments about them that have been posted. The only potential problem is their low impedance (4 ohms). That often means you need a high current amp. On the other hand, one poster is running a Cronus Magnum with good results. Talk with the mfr about the preferences of this speaker to get high voltage or current amps to drive well through the low impedances. Ask if an electrical load/phase diagram is available from the mfr., or ask the mfr to describe the load at various frequencies, if one is not available.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 06:15:43
fantja
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This brand is really gaining momentum. Have not read a bad review to date.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 06:53:48
MikeCh
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To a large degree they will have similar attributes of all other box speakers. I don't see anything to get too excited about, personally.

 

The late, lamented unclestu was enthusiastic about Ryan speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 09:37:47
johntoste
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That's a strong recommendation.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 09:45:34
Brian Walsh
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It's unfortunate you dismiss them so quickly having never heard them. For what it's worth, like digilog5 who also posted to this thread, I have been a panel speaker enthusiast for a long time. I am sensitive to cabinet colorations and horn shout, for example. Mike, I humbly suggest that you check them out regardless of any preconceived notions. They are not exciting in the common audiophile sense, though: they don't jump out at you, which ultimately results in listening fatigue, nor are they flashy looking.
Brian Walsh
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RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 10:53:49
samurai7595
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I managed to audition them this morning and they are very nice! They sounded really good with a McIntosh solid-state integrated amp with great detail, sweet midrange, non-fatiguing highs and a deep/well-controlled bass despite their 38Hz rating.

No offense but you shouldn't judge just because they are a box design & you've never heard them.

I'm looking to hear from people who have actually heard them or better yet, own them.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 14:34:55
fantja
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All-
do not forget to give a shout-out to your local dealers/retailers.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 14:48:42
Gary
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Brian makes a good point. These aren't flashy speakers. Their appearance is nice but conventional. What makes them special, I believe, is the attention paid to the crossover, the cabinet design and the choice of drivers. When I first heard the 630s at RMAF I found myself listening for longer than I typically would in an exhibit room. I did that even when Todd Ryan played music I didn't particularly like. The sound I heard kept me interested and involved, with no inclination to move on and try something else. That's proved to be true also as a 620 owner.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 15:49:41
Rich Brkich
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I have to agree with all that Brian and others have wrote below. I originally heard about these from Brian and another dealer friend some months ago so I had Ryan speakers send me the pair of 630's which are here right now that were used at RMAF a couple weeks. Am impressed with the sound in general, especially considering the price.

Enough so that I just emailed Trevor this morning to tell him that I will be keeping this pair and taking on the product line.

I agree with Brian that these are not for "audiophile" geeks (i.e. Not attention grabbers), but are very nicely balanced to bottom to top and listenable. I have done a cursory impedance measurement using my good LCR meter which shows them being a mostly resistive load/impedance at the frequencies it tests at (100, 120, 1k, and 10Khz) and that they mainly appear to be 4 ohms in the bass and above 6 ohms at 1K and 10K.

Our little Ars-Sonum 30W/ch tube integrated drives them surprising well for a 8 ohm optimized amp driving a 4 ohm speaker (i.e. The bass loses some definition - a tube amp with a bit more power and/or 4 or 6 ohm output would work well with them). The sound from upper bass on-up with the Ars-Sonum Filarmonia SJ shows off just how wonderful this little amp is with very nice tone, body, and staging. Right now am using the Rega Elicit-R on them which is doing a terrific job. They are easily revealing enough to clearly show the differences between Audience au24sx and Cardas Clear Lite speaker cables for example (that a customer clearly heard also this morning in a demo), but are not bright/ or fatiguing as Brian mentioned. They also disappear well and though being well out into our listening room, have satisfying weight and texture to the bottom end. Next up I need to try the Rogue Cronus on them which I think will be quite a good match.

Long story short... worth finding/visiting a nearby/regional Ryan Speaker dealer for a listen if possible.

Happy Listening,
Rich Brkich
Retailer & Audio Asylum Industry Liaison

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on October 26, 2016 at 15:50:38
samurai7595
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I was so impressed with the Ryan R630 sound that originally I was going to purchase the highly-acclaimed Spendor D7 speakers but now I'm not so sure and may end up with the R630 instead.

I'm going to go for a longer, more personal audition of the Ryan R630 this coming weekend.

 

TAS December issue, posted on November 13, 2016 at 16:47:28
Brian Walsh
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There is a review of the flagship model Tempus III.
Brian Walsh
Music Direct

So much music, so little time!

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on November 14, 2016 at 16:46:36
samurai7595
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I've auditioned the Ryan R630 speakers for a third time and got to compare them to Spendor D7, Sonus Faber Venere S, Vienna Acoustics Baby Grand SE and ProAc Response D30R.

I'm really impressed with the Ryan R630 and will be ordering a pair on the weekend.

They have a very realistic & well-controlled bass (despite their 38Hz rating), luscious midrange, sweet/detailed/non-fatiguing treble, wide soundstage and although they feature a rear port, they proved easy to place. At one point, I had them with only 15 inches of clearance behind them and it caused no issues.

So far I've only come across one review of the Ryan R630 speakers from Tone Audio and from my experience, I agree with the reviewer.

They should be at the top of your audition list.

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on November 15, 2016 at 20:22:04
Brian Walsh
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Congratulations. They are marriage material rather than a quick fling or brief love affair.
Brian Walsh
Music Direct

So much music, so little time!

 

RE: Ryan R630 Floorstanding Speakers, posted on March 10, 2017 at 18:25:20
MiesDavis
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I currently run the R610's with a Rogue Sphinx as a temporary amp. I tried them with my Yamaha A-S2000 but they really didn't get along. Ironically, I will end up with a system very much like Samurai7595's after AXPONA in April--unless something amazing happens there. Looking at a McIntosh MA7900 with R630's and a VPI Classic.

I would say that the Ryan sound is just "right" too. Tough to describe. I was an ATC guy for years and thought I'd never get on with a ported speaker. The boxes are well executed and nice if you like the classic look.

I do wonder about the Ryan's with a Rogue Cronus Magnum II with Mullard tubes or a Line Magnetic integrated.

 

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