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Monday, 11 January 2010
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Tyler Acoustics D4M Loudspeakers Review
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I held out for as long I could before grabbing the remastered Beatles CDs from 2009, and it was with a caged-bird-sprung's enthusiasm that I brought my favorite Fab Four album – Abbey Road – to the D4M's tweeters and woofers. I don't care that this album was ever and only mixed in stereo, the remastered version is the best take on the best Beatles' album of all. The clarity and nuance on every tune is worth the price of admission, and there's no glaring bite from over-compression or other studio injustice that could have been served here. If I could recommend one recording to play through the D4Ms, it might just be Abbey Road remastered. Listen to Ringo Starr's drums on “Oh Darling,” or Paul McCartney's bass at the beginning of “You Never Give Me Your Money” for shades of detail like never before. Check out the crystalline shimmer of “Here Comes The Sun” or the ethereal “Sun King” for crickets as only Beatles could reproduce.

I've kept my reference CD – Jade Warrior's Now – out of the reviewing mix for a couple of months to refresh my ears but brought it out again for another listen through the D4Ms. I'm glad I did. Hearing the opening acoustic bass struts by Dave Sturt and Theo Travis' saxophone following were like hearing the voices of old friends after years gone by. The Tyler's distilled each note with microscopic clarity. If you need proof of the Tyler's beyond Abbey Road, come and listen to Now, now!

Thin recordings, such as Angel's self-titled debut, don't get any help from the D4Ms, which seem content to go with the flow and present things as they are. And that's how it should be. The music deserved better, but Casablanca has never been a label associated with great sound. Oh well, great music recorded poorly is rendered accurately through the Tyler's. This was a compact disc recording, so I can't comment with any wisdom about the original vinyl.

That leads me to vinyl. When courted with LPs, the D4Ms brought out the smoothness of recordings with ease. Transparent, open and free of any noticeable coloration, the Tylers also excelled with transients, making cymbals sound like cymbals – the ping of a drumstick on a ride cymbal can be heard on better platters. Check out Rush's “YYZ,” from Moving Pictures, with its tingly code intro for a vivid sound demo. Steely Dan's “Black Cow” is another track to showcase the D4M's studio-esque precision.

Final Thoughts

The choice of loudspeakers within the D4M's price range is not small, but the D4M's sonic presentation and tonal balance makes it one of the top contenders in the field. For a small to medium listening room and paired with a moderately powered amplifier, the D4Ms will serve proudly in any 2-channel system. Incorporate them with three (or more) others from Tyler's Decade line for a surround-sound setup and you'll be the envy of your neighborhood – and me! It's a lot of speaker for the money.

System Setup

Shengya A-80CS hybrid integrated amplifier
Shengya CD-17 tube CD player
Marantz TT-15S1 Turntable
Clearaudio Virtuoso phono cartridge
Parasound Zphono phono preamplifier
Tyler Acoustics D4M loudspeakers
Better Cables Silver Serpent Anniversary Edition Interconnects (1 meter pair)
Better Cables Premium Anniversary Edition Speaker Cables (3 meter/bananas)

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