Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Stereo Dave's Creation 650 Reference Speakers and Genesis Subwoofer

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Caveats

If I turned the volume up beyond my comfort level I think I heard some break-up in the midrange sounds. Hopefully that wasn’t my ears breaking up but in any case if you want speakers to aim at your neighbor’s house, because they have an annoying, yapping dog, these may not be the speakers for you. Also, these speakers require a subwoofer, if you have a conventional two channel setup, then you probably don’t have a subwoofer out on your preamp. That means you’ll have to manually adjust the volume level on the sub separately, and without a remote, from your main volume level.

Conclusions about the Creation 650 Reference Speakers

In my opinion, these speakers bring musical involvement and what they don’t bring is fatigue. What you might get at higher price points is more separation between instruments and voices etc. You might also get a dose of fatigue or other artifacts from crossovers and peaky tweeters, that these speakers just don’t have, they can’t. No crossover, no artifacts.  I kept finding myself wanting to listen to another record (even CD’s) with the Creation 650’s and I think you would too. The sense of ‘just sounding right’, that I wrote about above, is huge. What I noticed with the 650’s was the music and they left me wanting more. These speakers know how to get out of the way like few others do.

Sidebar on CD Clarity

Stereo Dave’s provided me a bottle of CD Clarity to go along with this review. You spray a small amount on CD’s or DVD’s to reduce static charge and thereby improve sound and visuals, respectively. I can vouch for the former but not that latter. I didn’t see a difference with DVDs but I definitely heard a difference with CDs. I didn’t want to but I did. The difference is some of that ‘blacker background’ thing that you get with a lot of tweaks but also more detail and nuanced sounds. If there was a breathiness to a vocal, for example, it seemed like I missed it before applying the CD Clarity.

The first and perhaps only difference something like this should make is the elimination of playback errors. Fair enough, CDs do have errors during playback. But they also have a thing called Reed-Solomon Product Code Forward Error Correction. I spent some time with this intriguing algorithm back when I designed chips for a living. It works. Errors during playback are detected and corrected through the use of some advanced mathematics and redundant data. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be overwhelmed, such that errors still get through, but the data I have leads me to think that in general the error correction is not being overwhelmed, the bits should be getting to the DAC without errors. Sigh! Perhaps there is another explanation.  In the meantime, I’m planning on continuing to use this stuff.