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MyPal 10-05-2013 01:48 AM

The Lady & I listened to the Marten Bird 2 today driven by Vitus Audio with a McIntosh MCD1100 source. Beautifully deep & expansive soundstage especially in the mids & a nice crisp & tight upper range. Upper bass response was good, lower bass was a little loose & lacked the presence compared to what I am used to with the Dali Grands.

The listening room's rear wall was a little reflective however, which may have contributed to the muddy bass.

The price point is In between & a stretch into the Coltrane territory would no doubt be a more gratifying investment IMO.

shaizada 02-12-2014 11:43 PM

As an owner of the Bird 2 (there are only 2 pairs in the whole USA currently. My pair and one in a dealer show room), I can say that the Bird 2 have absolutely no bass problems at all with proper setup and associated electronics. In my full EAR setup, the Bird 2 sing in a full cohesive voice from top to bottom with no anomalies.

In fact, before playing with positioning, I used to play with the 3 position bass knob in the 0 or -1 setting. Sometimes it was too much bass and sometimes less. I repositioned the speakers and now am comfortably setup at the 0 position. There is an art in setting these up and they require care with associated electronics in a given listening room. I found my perfect sound signature with some tube rolling and now the sound is heavenly :)

Having said that, I picked the Bird 2 over the Coltrane line due to a sense of naturalness I felt with the Birds. The Coltrane II and Coltrane Tenors are extremely revealing, amazing speakers...yet I didn't feel connected to them over extended listening sessions in multiple setups. The Coltrane II's were fantastic and I would have loved to get a pair, but it would simply not match up in my modest sized listening room and not be kind to my wallet either ;). I preferred the sonic signature of the Bird 2 over the original Coltranes and the new Coltrane Tenors. The carbon / kevlar cabinets in the Coltrane line up seem to lend a further purity and speed to the drivers, but I constantly feel an unnaturalness in the sound as well. The dynamics are explosive, the frequencies are well represented yet there is a a slight disconnect in the listening to my ears. I feel that I am listening to a state of the art reproduction of the sound, but my shoulders never relax. I feel I have to be at attention ALL the time. With the Bird 2, I feel there is that balance restored. I can pay attention and get everything sonically AND I can relax after a hard days work.

Different perspectives. Just wanted to share mine as an owner.

Masterlu 02-12-2014 11:55 PM

Have any pics to share?

shaizada 02-13-2014 12:33 AM

Sure...took a few when the speakers arrived in my listening room....

bvdiman 02-13-2014 12:54 AM

Sweet looking, and I'd imagine, sounding set-up..
*Love TdP tube gears! ..and oh, your rack too. :D

Masterlu 02-13-2014 01:03 AM

Great looking speakers, and rig! thanks for sharing. :ok:

jules 02-13-2014 02:33 AM

That is nice. How is the bass with those drivers, slower with a touch of fuzz or punchy & quick

shaizada 02-13-2014 03:11 AM

Thanks guys.

Jules, there is no fuzz in the whole Marten line up. Everything is just clean and clear. The speakers are extremely fast akin to electrostatics and dynamic as cone based speakers are :) Speakers offer a very clean window into the electronics.

jules 02-13-2014 03:19 AM

Thanks, after looking at your pics I went & had a really good look at the EAR site, would love to hear a system like yours with the same gear, those speakers really are a beauty to behold

bart 02-13-2014 03:30 AM


Originally Posted by shaizada (Post 580310)

Great set-up!
Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:

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