|Klegg M6 501 Home Theater System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Tuesday, 01 February 2005|
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Music and Movies
After break-in, I played Fourplay’s album Between The Sheets (Warner Bros). The opening track, “Chant,” features a vocal track that I found to be surprisingly full-sounding. The vocals, accompanied by drums and cymbals, were well-reproduced. I found the drums to be a little light on slam, yet very palpable in weight and generously detailed. The drums did not reach as low down as a full-size subwoofer like a Sunfire or a Velodyne, but as low as this system went, it was enjoyable and exciting to hear. The cymbals were very well-reproduced, which a skeptic might not expect from a HTIB type of system, considering that many of Klegg’s competitors sound shrill and brittle on the high frequencies. The highs sounded clear and well-positioned on the soundstage, with a good sense of depth. Overall, these speakers were performing very well and I remained impressed by this level of performance at this price during every moment of my testing. The Kleggs rise above the normal micro satellites, in that there was not a large sonic difference between the satellites and subwoofer. In most micro satellite systems, there is a large gap between the bottom end of the satellites and the subwoofer that makes the listener question whether the speakers are all part of the same system. The Klegg M6 system did noticeably well. I believe this to be due in large part to the center bass driver that helps fill the frequency gap between the subwoofer and satellites. I found the sub frequency drumbeats to be slightly discernable, yet the transition between the subwoofer and satellites to be quite smooth.
I spent most of my listening time with movies, as that is likely how this system will be used. Watching “I, Robot” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), I went to the car chase scene. The Klegg system was able to reproduce the hectic battle with a good amount of clarity. As the information moved around the room, the voicing of the speakers remained constant and very close. Any missing detail in my music demonstrations was much less apparent on the movie soundtrack. The Klegg was able to reproduce the dynamics at fairly loud listening levels without distortion or any noticeable compression, while the subwoofer added a visceral kick. The impacts and explosions could be felt as well as heard, despite the small stature of this slick little system.