Thursday, August 20, 2009
Speakers - DCM TimeWindow
I bought these off of CraigsList from the original owner and they WERE in excellent condition. The socks were intact, albeit a tiny bit saggy - but not snagged or torn. Then I put them in my loft where my cat sleeps on the weekends. I'll bet you can guess what happened to the foam rubber socks.
So, I figured hey - I'll buy some jet set black fabric and simply roll it around each speaker, affix it in the back with the tack strips that held the original foam sock, and . . .NO! Much more difficult than that, of course. The fabric can't be stretched hard enough not to sag along the top and bunch up along the bottom. Total disaster.
How do they sound? Good! Terrific imaging (what these are famous for) in a quasi-bi-polor array with two woofers and two tweeters pointing out at angles toward the listening space. I had them about three feet back from the wall, and when you sit in the sweet spot it's like listening with headphones. They could use a subwoofer though - not enough low-end for my tastes. Plus, I was A-B-ing them with my B&W DM640 which have amazing low-end, so perhaps the comparison wasn't fair.
In any case, for around $100 in fair condition, $150 in excellent condition (before turning into a scratching post), these are worth getting. Plus, you've always wanted to say you've owned a pair of TimeWindows, now haven't you?
By the way, these are the original series TimeWindows, not the 1a, 3a, and certainly not the TimeWindow 7! I heard there were only two hundred pair of the TimeWindow 7's made - is that correct? Chime in and let me know. Thanks!