Vanatoo Transparent One speakers offer flexible input, clean sound
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:58 AM
Not enraged, but definitely disappointed. If you're going to review speakers, make some actual measurements and report them, please. While speaker "features" are fun and all, they really shouldn't make up most of a review.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:46 AM
Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:19 PM
My 3 input setup :
1) USB - straight from my iMac
2) Digital Optical Audio - from my Airport Express 2 (allowing streaming from iPad or iPhone)
3) Analog in - from a mixer board which is hooked up to guitars and keyboards
The Transparent One's switch automagically (after a 15 sec. period unless inactive, then immediately) to the input where the signal is or in a priority hierarchy if there is more than one input active.
I turned them up quite loud on a classic album I've used for decades to compare systems (of course, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon). I was very impressed with all levels of tonal reproduction (highs, midrange, and bass). As mentioned in the article you won't get over the top bass from a speaker this small but I did hook up my high quality Velodyne 10 inch sub-woofer and it not only worked flawlessly (regarding auto cross-over sensing) but it sounded truly amazing. The combination (of Transparent One and subwoofer) is a well balanced full range speaker solution for those needing deep bass. The mid ranges and highs were very clean over the tight bass from the Velodyne. Also impressive is their low volume definition, the highs remain crisp and lows tight even when played lightly.
Overall, I'm very happy with the speakers and highly recommend them. They are great value for the money.