Bookshelf Speakers

Tyler Acoustics D4M Bookshelf Speakers

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One of the selling points of this particular model of Tyler's (compared to other mid to high end speaker manufacturers) is that they were designed with the average consumer in mind (which I appreciate). Not to say that they wouldn't really stand out with more expensive separates, but these speakers allow one to upgrade one component at a time, rather than dropping $7K on an amplifier at the same time you purchase the speakers. The D4M's are 8 ohms nonimal, with a modest sensitivity of 87 dB, so they will need a reasonable amount of power to drive them, e.g., 100 watts RMS per channel. I got pretty good results from a $799 receiver in a huge living area, though I imagine more power or a smaller listening space would really have made them shine.

The Tyler's aced the knocking test on all sides. This is most likely due to heavy duty cabinet construction, internal bracing/damping, and their unique hexagonal shape which decreases internal standing waves. For this review, I experimented with placement but settled on forming an equilateral triangle with the speakers about 10 feet apart and each one 10 feet away from me, 3 feet from the back and side wall, slightly toed in, and grilles off (which did slightly improve the sound).