Swans M10 Review
A tiny but budding company, Swans revels in a reasonable amount of appreciation and triumph in audio aficionado circles. The company is based in California, but has its production base in China and develops a wide range of speakers and home audio products. One of its most popular products is the Swans M10 2.1 speaker system.
Made up of two satellite speakers and a subwoofer, the Rs. 7,499 M10 is meant to be used anywhere at home but is ideal on a desktop, handling your computer’s audio. This is a popular model the world over for its price-to-performance ratio. Read all there is to know about the Swans M10 system in our review.
Design and specifications
The Swans M10 package comprises of two satellite speakers with 20mm dome tweeters and 3-inch woofers, with a frequency response range of 140-20,000Hz. The combined amplifier and subwoofer has a 5-inch woofer unit with a frequency response range of 42-5,000Hz. The front of the unit has only a volume knob, while the rear has a bass control, RCA sockets for the satellite speakers and a pair of stereo RCA sockets for input. The amplifier comfortably powers all three components.
The sales package includes an RCA-to-3.5mm stereo cable but nothing else. The satellite speakers have non-detachable wires, and plug into the amplifier using RCA plugs. The power cable is also non-detachable at the base unit, and our review sample came with a North American NEMA-type plug.
Surprisingly, there is no remote, which means that you will have to reach for the base unit every time. The volume control on the front also has a blue indicator light, which tell you when the unit is switched on. Although useful, the light is a bit too bright and uneven, so it’s likely to get distracting and bothersome. The bass control is on the rear, which we would rather have had on the front, since this is something we often found ourselves adjusting.
The bass has a tendency to overpower the rest of the range if kept too high so it’s good that it’s independently adjustable. At a reasonable setting, the responses across all frequency ranges work brilliantly together to offer a wholesome sonic signature that gives each range its due. Lows from the satellite speakers are poor, because the amplifier is tuned to send the lows to the subwoofer.
The Swans M10 is designed to be a desktop speaker system, and has serious shortcomings in terms of connectivity as a result. Other than one single stereo cable, there is no way to connect a source device to the system, and the lack of Bluetooth, USB and a remote control are all shortcomings in our opinion.
However, the system offers sonic quality that far surpasses the norm in its price category, and if you’re okay with its flaws, this system is perfectly capable of providing a loud, clear, room-filling sound. The key purpose of reproducing music is achieved with remarkable finesse and capability. The Swans M10 is a great option if you’re looking for a decent 2.1 speaker system under Rs. 10,000, whether you want to use it on a desktop or otherwise. The Swans M10 is available now at ProAudioHome.
Picture courtesy – swanspeaker.com
by techtalks @TechTalks March 9, 2016 4:44 AM UTC