Floor-standing Speakers

Crystal Acoustics TX-T2 SE THX ULTRA2 Certified Floor-Standing Speakers

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Design and Setup of the Crystal Acoustics TX-T2 SE THX ULTRA2 Certified Speakers

The TX-T2 ES's, like the other Crystal Acoustics' floor-standers, use a one-inch silk-dome tweeter that sit on top of the enclosure in a swivel-mount. The idea is that having the tweeter sits outside of the main enclosure reduces reflections from the back of the tweeter that would otherwise cause resonances inside the cabinet. The main enclosure sports two identical seven-inch mid-range/woofers, made from a yellow, woven fiberglass material that Crystal calls "Crystal fibre." Combined with a shiny metallic bullet-cone phase plugs, the drivers bear a passing resemblance to those of a certain British high-end speaker company.

The TX-T2's have two front-mounted ports, a 1.75" port that sits between the two midrange/woofers, and a larger four inch dimpled port located below the woofers. The two woofers sit in their own separate damped enclosures within the cabinet.

Physically, the TX-T2's, at just under 39 inches height, are shorter and shallower than the top-of-the-line TX-T3. I consider this was more of a virtue than a vice. Although I really liked the TX-T3's ability to be used full-range without a subwoofer, I thought that their outsized height and size made it a challenge to seamlessly integrate with the smaller center and surround channel speakers in the Crystal line-up when used in a 5.1 system. Here, the 39 inch height of the TX-T2's means that the tweeter sits directly at ear level, which resulted in smoother pans across the soundstage.

The rear of the Crystal Acoustics have two sets of binding posts for bi-wiring, along with jumper cables if you're not inclined to passively bi-wire the speakers. Fit n' finish were excellent for a value-priced speaker such as the TX-T2's, with a glossy piano black finish on front and back with rounded wooden side panels. An unscientific rap of the knuckles on the enclosure resulted in a solid thunking sound, a good sign that the enclosure is properly braced.