|Morel Stream MK II 5.1 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Thursday, 01 June 2006|
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I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Stream system. However, I did have a few issues with them. First, the binding posts. While I appreciated their aesthetic style and ease of use, they really do limit you when it comes to the type of cable you can use. Truthfully, I’d rather spend the time finding the right cables for the Soundspots than having a pair of bulky five-way posts hanging off each speaker’s backside.
Second, there is a rubber ring around the base of each Soundspot’s stand that, when wall-mounted, can leave an unsightly ring on your wall if and when you move them. I have to assume most users will set ‘em and forget ‘em, so this is less of an issue, but you’ll want to make sure you have a damp rag handy to buff out those black “coffee stains” from your wall.
Then there is the subwoofer. While extremely stylish, it did prove to be a bit temperamental in its overall performance. I was always able to strike an appropriate balance in the lower regions. However, it seemed to vary from recording to recording, film to film. Like I said before, the addition of a second sub would, in all likelihood, alleviate this phenomenon, but alas, it is present.
The Morels do take a bit of break-in and a fair amount of amplifier power to sound their absolute best. I would recommend no less than 75 watts per channel to extract everything that this wonderful system is capable of.
Lastly, the sonic character of the Stream system isn’t going to be for everyone, especially if you’re used to a more traditional “American” sound. It’s not overly energetic or altogether airy, however it is extremely well-behaved, refined and above all musical. I’m certain that after an hour or so with the system, you might find your tastes changing a bit, as I did. This is definitely a system worth listening to, but you’ll ultimately have to decide for yourself whether or not it’s right for you and your home.
At $2,000.00 retail, the Morel Stream MK II system is a tremendous bang for your buck. Throw in killer looks and a truly mature sound and you’ve got a system that most would only dream of. Don’t be fooled by their diminutive stature, for these are speakers that can roll with the big boys and maybe even embarrass them a little bit. Beyond all of the technical mumbo jumbo, the Morels do something very few speakers can, which is to fit comfortably into your home and your lifestyle without calling attention to themselves visually. They really do blend in. When fired up, they have all of the bells and whistles of their larger counterparts. However, you’ll never have to argue with your spouse over placement or how to disguise the large black coffin in the middle of your room. Even so, I can see a new argument forming on the horizon, and that is who gets to choose which movie to watch on Saturday night. It seems men and women are bound to fight, but it won’t be about the speakers. Don’t believe me? As I was packing up the Morels to send back to the factory, my girlfriend ran into the room screaming, “What are you doing?”
“I’m sending them back,” I said.
“Oh, no, you’re not,” she replied.
Who am I to argue? Needless to say, she bought them and they will be staying around for a very, very long time.