|Morel Octwin 5.2M Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Ben Shyman|
|Tuesday, 01 June 2004|
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I would have expected the Octwins to be slightly more open on the very high end of the frequency range, as compared to my listening sessions with my reference Revel M20s. This is not to say that the Octwins do not excel in musical spaciousness, they just weren’t as open as I expect at this price point.
Concerning their aesthetics, you need to decide if such a modern-looking speaker is appropriate for you décor. When I had guests to my apartment during the weeks I auditioned the Morels, most questioned their out-of-the-box aesthetics and suggested that they looked misplaced in my more traditional living room.
My final downside is the stands. The free-stacking nature of each Octave and the center stand in each speaker leaves much room for slight misalignment of the upper and lower speakers. This creates issues with locating the speakers in your listening room, as well as making sure each speaker is properly aligned. This can be a tedious experience.
I truly enjoyed my time with Morel’s Octwin 5.2M. If you prefer a speaker that has a natural sound, deep bass for its size, smooth treble and a broad but not cavernous soundstage, you will appreciate the Octwins. Matched with a black leather Le Corbusier chair (think Maxell commercial) and a Mies van der Rohe day bed (think your shrink’s office) in a minimalist setting, the Morel Octwin is just the modern statement that your designer will love. While your living room might look a bit more like the Museum of Modern Art, your guests might comment on how tasteful your interior design looks, as well as how good your music sounds.