Written on: 11/07/2012 by Duncamax (1 review written)
A couple of years ago I bought a pair of Harbeths from an aquaintance. I knew he was very proud of his Harbeths so I asked what he had replaced them with. He showed me a pair of Studio 10's of which I knew nothing, although I was familiar with TDL. I found the Harbeths pleasant enough but nothing special really. I was astonished to learn that he had replaced £1100 speakers with ones you could buy for less than £100 on ebay! I was intrigued, and ended up getting a pair for well under £100 in near perfect condition. I have seen people rubbishing these speakers on some forums.
Certainly they are not the last word in constructional quality, but they are solidly built and look very smart. an internal examination reveals drivers with large magnet assemblies and a high quality crossover.
I have been trying for years to find a pair of speakers that sound right - at any price. These Studio 10's fill the bill! They are completely unboxy with low colouration and excellent detail without any "nasties". Huge and natural sound stage with excellent rendition of orchestral timbres. They have the ability to make noisy music easy to listen to without any loss of excitement.Percussion is perhaps not quite as crisp and forward as some but is still very good. The bass is huge and digs up deep notes like no other. True - you need to be careful with positioning, but you can always control the bass if necessary by plugging the ports with some sort of resistive wadding. I use long haired wool.
You can pick up these for a song and never wish for a better speaker!