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Mordaunt-Short Mezzo Loudspeakers and Subwoofer Review Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011
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Mordaunt-Short Mezzo Loudspeakers and Subwoofer Review

For pure stereo listening, the floorstanding Mezzo 6s deliver accurate music reproduction without coloration or boominess. They are smooth and easy on the ear, yet not soft or dull. The 1994 release, Talking Timbuktu, spotlights the prodigious guitar skills of Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Toure. It's also full of dynamic shifts, subtle and otherwise, and with the 6s percussion instruments had a fiery snap and crackle; transients and attacks are fast and decays natural-sounding. And they bring the energy on tracks such as Bob Dylan's “Lonesome Day Blues,” a hypnotic grinder from 2001's Love And Theft. This became my “go-to” track when showing off the Mezzos and Azur for friends, as it revealed the strengths of this system – powerful, precise and captivating.


I think when you spend hundreds – or thousands – of dollars on speakers, you should not only get good sound but sound build and stylish design. The Mezzos answer on all accounts, delivering the audio in a handsome package and comparatively small footprint. Even with this 6-speaker array in my modest 14-foot by 20-foot living room, I never felt like the Mordaunt-Shorts were taking over. They just blended in nicely with the rest of the décor and made my music and movies come alive.

Final Thoughts

The overall (and individual) performance of the Mezzos make a strong argument that these newcomers can hold their own against costlier speakers. This is an excellent speaker system that would work well in most home-theater settings. If you require the heaviest slamming bass, the Mezzos may disappoint, but that's what the sub is for. Pair the Mordaunt-Shorts with an equally excellent receiver and you'll get great results. Purist audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts alike are strongly encouraged to audition the Mezzos.

System Setup

Cambridge Audio Azur 650R AV Receiver
Mordaunt-Short Mezzo 2, 5, 6 and 9 speakers
Samsung LN32C530 LCD TV
Oppo BDP-80 Blu-ray Disc Player
Logitech Squeezebox Duet
Veloce 75 ohm digital cable
Better Cables Silver Serpent Reference HMDI cable
Better Cables Premium Anniversary Edition Speaker Cables (3 meter/bananas)
Monster Cable 400sw Subwoofer Cable (4 meters)
Monster Cable XP MKII Speaker Cable

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