|RBH MC Series Home Theater Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Tim Hart|
|Sunday, 01 May 2005|
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While the RBH MCs did quite well with virtually all of the software I ran through them, I felt that they lacked high frequency detail in a few of the listening tests. Cymbals lacked some shimmer, and highs could tend to sound a bit rolled off to me on certain recordings. For many, this is a favorable sonic characteristic rather than a drawback, as it tends to render your music in a more relaxing fashion, as compared to the often edgy and/or brittle sound you will find in the more brash, mass market speakers at this price range. Once again, this is more a matter of my personal taste and a reflection of the speakers’ overall sound flavor, as opposed to a direct criticism of the speaker design.
The MC-616C is a bit large for a bookshelf speaker, so plan on getting stands. For the best performance, you’ll want the stands anyway. This will provide the speaker with the best opportunity to rock in an installation that is neat-looking and safe for kids and animals.
To me, a speaker that can sound less like a speaker and more like the movies and the music I love is the ultimate goal and this RBH system does just that. The speakers’ integration is superb and they work seamlessly together. You would have to compare them to systems costing twice the price to even notice any sonic shortcomings and even then you might be hard-pressed. These speakers are that good.
The sub has enough visceral impact for movies and finesse for music. The MC-616Cs work well as main channels, with the minor exception of the horizontal dispersion. Overall, this RBH package throws a nice soundstage for two-channel material, one that’s not overly forward and has good focus and notable clarity. Partnered with the MC-6Cs as surrounds, movie and multi-channel music sounded satisfying and resolute. At this price range and size, the MC series home theater system is at the top of the heap and a standout value.