|Snell Acoustics Series 7 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Saturday, 01 October 2005|
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The LCR7s are beautiful, tall, thin speakers with satin finished aluminum end caps. Unfortunately, this means in earthquake-prone California, they have a high center of gravity and a narrow footprint. As the end caps are solid, without mounting holes in the speakers, there is no elegant way to secure the speakers from tipping over if their stands are jostled.
In most home theaters, the vertical orientation of a tall slender center channel speaker can cause problems. The typical RPTV installation doesn’t have room in the equipment shelf below for the speaker and, with front-firing projectors, one would need an acoustically transparent screen to utilize the LCR7 as a center channel unless the screen was placed much higher than usual. Therefore it’s recommended that you use the CR7 to maintain accuracy and positional balance if listening is to take place outside the 30 degree sweet spot. Snell claims the speaker balance is in spec within a 30 degree listening window but the top octave rlls of gradually as one moves further off axis.
This is a great 5.1 speaker system that provides an essential blend of performance and aesthetics at a great price point. Not only do the Snells provide a neutral, coherent sonic picture, they do so while providing an energetic and emotional listening experience. The Snells are very attractive contemporary styled speakers that will fit in with most modern decors. The Snell Series 7 speakers reviewed here succeed in providing good detail and outstanding imaging while remaining neutral, all from a relatively compact and affordable package.