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Old 07-29-2011, 02:51 PM
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I do intend to do a full review and comparison but I lack the vocabulary bs that some other reviewers tend to have that add somewhat to a review. All I know is when something sounds good to my ears and when something sounds naff. Everyone has different expectations and standards towards audio quality and I think that has a big part to play.

For example, I used to use the old fashioned stock buds with mp3 players and thought the sound was good, but then a friend of mine introduced me to Etymotic er6's and I was blown away (this was some 8-10yrs ago). Since then I have used V-Moda Vibes and Super fi 5's IEMs which i consider to be a substantial improvement over Etymotic Er6's. So basically I seem to (to my ears) be moving upwards in terms of audio quality.

When it comes to speaker setups and not headphones I'm more nub. I own Logitech's Z-5500 5.1 Home theatre System and to my ears they sound amply good enuff. They hold bass well and have PLENTY of volume. This is the standard I am currently used to for a wired connection setup. These speakers are regarded to many audiophiles as being a ample enuff for a HTPC or at least a good starting position (especially for the price tag as they were CHEAPER than the Creative Bluetooth D5's). Certainly I have no plans to upgrade from them.

So when i say a certain speaker system like the S2's are 'decent' bare in mind what I am used to hearing. Certainly neither the S2's or D5 can even come CLOSE to doing what the z-5500's can do, but of course these are very different speaker systems and need to be treated as such.
For me all i know is that I have tried other regular non apt-x bluetooth speakers and have been dissapointed in the sound quality. Hissing and other weird boops and bleeps seemed to be the norm, but the apt-x seems to carry none of that and indeed I can't tell a noticeable difference when using the S2's or D5's via the apt-x dongles vs a 3.5mm aux (which both speakers carry).

What i do detest tho is marketing pictures showing the S2's looking wireless in terms of picture images. The speakers indeed have wires going to the subwoofer whereas all marketing images show the satellite speakers with no wires. I thought they also might be wireless and communicating with each other and the sub wirelessly as well as being bluetooth. Shameful tut tut.
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