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Old 10-05-2013, 01:48 AM
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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.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:43 PM
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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.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:55 PM
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Analog Rig: CLEARAUDIO INNOVATION WOOD w/ OUTER RING & CLAMP, UNIVERSAL ARM w/ Da VINCI' CART, 2nd UNIVERSAL ARM w/ GOLDFINGER STATEMENT CART, KLAUDIO RCM, HRS-MXR REFERENCE 4V RACK-GLOSS BLACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, AESTHETIX RHEA SIG PHONO-PRE, PS AUDIO PPP, RGPC 1200, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
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Bryston/Esoteric System: ESOTERIC C02-X PRE-AMP, P-02X TRANSPORT, D02-X DAC, G02-X CLOCK, BRYSTON 28B CUBED MONOBLOCK AMPS, BIT-15(2) AMR-DP777-SE DAC, SILENZIO, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, QUADRASPIRE RACK, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE IC'S & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
Accuphase/Canton System: ACCUPHASE E-650 INTEGRATED, DP560 CD/SACD PLAYER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, CANTON REF K3, CANTON REF K5, SILENZIO, HRS MXR 4V REFERENCE MAHOGHANY RACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, WIREWORLD GOLD ECLIPSE IC’s & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:33 AM
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Sure...took a few when the speakers arrived in my listening room....





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Old 02-13-2014, 12:54 AM
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Sweet looking, and I'd imagine, sounding set-up..
*Love TdP tube gears! ..and oh, your rack too.

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Old 02-13-2014, 01:03 AM
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Great looking speakers, and rig! thanks for sharing.
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MX136, MC1.2KW(10) MC2KW(2), MCD1100, MS750(2) MVP881, C1000C/P/T, MPC1500, HT-2 SUBS(2) HT3F(2) WS350(2) XRT2K, XCS2K, XR27(2) XCS350(2) PS AUDIO PPP(8) RGPC 1200(20) RGPC POLE PIG(4) JL GOTHAM SUBS(2) SONOS ZP90-W4S MOD, LUMAGEN RADIANCE SCALER, SONY VPH-G90U PROJECTOR, SVS SCISSOR LIFT, STEWART STUDIOTEK 120" MOTORIZED SCREEN, ASC ACOUSTIC PANELS & BASS TRAPS, CINEMA-TECH SEATING, WIREWORLD PLATINUM STARLIGHT HDMI, GOLD ECLIPSE CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
Reference System: ACCUPHASE A250 MONOBLOCK AMPS, C3850 PRE-AMP, DP950 CD/SACD PRECISION TRANSPORT, DC950 PRECISION DIGITAL PROCESSOR, DG-58 DIGITAL VOICING EQUALIZER, T1100 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, SONOS ZP90-W4S MOD, HRS-SXR CUSTOM 4V-4V RACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
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MX150, MC501(2) MC1.2KW(10) MC2301(2) MR88, MS750(3) MVP881, MCD1100, MDA1000, C1000C/P/T, MPC1500, ESOTERIC K-01X 30th ANNIVERSARY (BLACK) SACD/CD PLAYER, G02-X CLOCK, HT3F(2) XRT2K, XCS2K, XR27(2) OPPO-BDP95, PS AUDIO PPP(8) PUREPOWER 1050(4) RGPC 1200(15) JL GOTHAM SUBS(2) JL FATHOM F113 SUBS(4) SOUND ANCHOR SUB STANDS(2) LUMAGEN RADIANCE PRO SCALER, SONY VPH-G90U PROJECTOR, STEWART STUDIOTEK 120" SCREEN, SONUS FABER STRADIVARI, SILENZIO, SONOS ZP90-W4S MOD, BRYSTON BHA-1, ASC ACOUSTIC PANELS & BASS TRAPS, FORTRESS SEATING, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S.
Analog Rig: CLEARAUDIO INNOVATION WOOD w/ OUTER RING & CLAMP, UNIVERSAL ARM w/ Da VINCI' CART, 2nd UNIVERSAL ARM w/ GOLDFINGER STATEMENT CART, KLAUDIO RCM, HRS-MXR REFERENCE 4V RACK-GLOSS BLACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, AESTHETIX RHEA SIG PHONO-PRE, PS AUDIO PPP, RGPC 1200, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
Reference System: BURMESTER 911MK3 AMP(3), 088 PRE-AMP, 089 CD PLAYER, 100 PHONO PRE-AMP LOADED, 948 POWER CONDITIONER, AVID ACUTUS REFERENCE SP TT, GRAHAM PHANTOM II SUPREME ARM, BENZ MICRO LP-S CART, ESOTERIC GRANDIOSO P1/D1 STACK, G01X RUBIDIUM MASTER CLOCK, N05 NETWORK PLAYER, SILENZIO, HRS-SXR CUSTOM 2V-3V-2V RACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, STILLPOINTS, SONUS FABER AIDA SPEAKERS IN RED VIOLIN FINISH, JL FATHOM F113(2) SOUND ANCHOR SUB STANDS(2) ASC ACOUSTIC PANELS & BASS TRAPS, GIK PICTURE PANELS, PS AUDIO P10, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S

Library System: ESOTERIC GRANDIOSO SYSTEM M1 MONOBLOCK AMPS(2), C1 LINESTAGE PRE-AMP, K1 CD/SACD PLAYER, G1 MASTER RUBIDIUM CLOCK, E02 PHONO-PRE, SILENZIO, SONOS ZP90-W4S MOD, AERIAL ACOUSTICS 20T V2 SANTOS ROSEWOOD, AERIAL SW12 SUBS SANTOS ROSEWOOD w/ BASES(2), CANTON REF K1, VPI HRX TT w/ SDS POWER SUPPLY, ORTOFON CADENZA BLACK CART, FURUTECH SILVER ARROWS PHONO CABLE, KLAUDIO RCM, SHUNYATA PS8, RGPC 1200(2) STEVE BLINN COMPLETE CUSTOM RACK, ASC STUDIO TRAPS, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE IC'S & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
Bryston/Esoteric System: ESOTERIC C02-X PRE-AMP, P-02X TRANSPORT, D02-X DAC, G02-X CLOCK, BRYSTON 28B CUBED MONOBLOCK AMPS, BIT-15(2) AMR-DP777-SE DAC, SILENZIO, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, QUADRASPIRE RACK, WIREWORLD PLATINUM ECLIPSE IC'S & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
Accuphase/Canton System: ACCUPHASE E-650 INTEGRATED, DP560 CD/SACD PLAYER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, CANTON REF K3, CANTON REF K5, SILENZIO, HRS MXR 4V REFERENCE MAHOGHANY RACK w/ M3X 1921 SHELVES, WIREWORLD GOLD ECLIPSE IC’s & PLATINUM ELECTRA PC'S
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:33 AM
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That is nice. How is the bass with those drivers, slower with a touch of fuzz or punchy & quick
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:11 AM
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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.
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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
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Great set-up!
Thanks for sharing.
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