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Re: I've been reading this thread with great interest...

Actually, prior to purchase, ALL of my listening was with the 1.6s powered by the Bryston (and some others). In all cases, the CD Player and pre-amps were more expensive equipment than I had in mind. Audio dealers LOVE selling expensive CDPs :-)

Following 8 solid listening/testing hours with the 1.6s I made several decisions:

(1) The 1.6s had the best mid/treble presentation of any speaker I could afford. 2nd place went to Martin Logan SL3s -- just as large, MUCH more expensive, but less-than-compelling sonic integration between their upper panels and their cone woofers.
(2) Although they have some bass (down to 45Hz?), it just wasn't enough for my tastes (I just couldn't get "comfortable"). I went with my heart (this is a "life purchase") and my dealer's recommendation for the Vandie sub (I did some research, and it looked great too).
(3) I then decided that the 1.6s were larger speakers than I needed, since the Vandersteen 2Wq kicks in at 80Hz. I purchased the MG12QRs without having either heard or seen them. I researched to find that they are the same generation technology as the 1.6QRs, the only difference being (as far as I could tell) their physical size and, hence, frequency range range. Resolution? I can hear individual voices in massed choirs, spit in the throat of inhaling vocalists, finger nails on piano keys, the dull thud of conductors moving vigorously on podiums...all of which tell me that I have more than enough resolution, and that recording companies mike to closely!

Quite honestly, I haven't gone back to "revisit" the 1.6s for further comparison.

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