I tested the Usher CP-6381s with a McIntosh
MCD201 SACD player, Lamm L2 Reference preamplifier, and McIntosh MC1201
power amplifiers. Cables were Legenburg.
I placed the speakers about 8 feet apart, toed
in slightly towards the listening position, several feet out from the side
and rear walls.
It's a bit early to be using Christmas music for a review,
but we just received this new Telarc release of
and I love the music, so I thought, "What the heck."
"Overture": violins and flute with triangle which was easily
heard in the background. Clear, detailed, no strange
harmonics. Very natural timbre. No tizziness or extra
"Scene 2": Full orchestra; string bass very tight, not boomy
at all. "Scene 9": Piccolo and violins together. Easily
Ballad for Edvard Grieg (EMI Classics
0-94639-43992-8): "Piano Concerto in A minor": The
opening bars of this piece are recognized by everyone,
whether big music fans or not. The piano notes span from
top to bottom, and each was near perfectly rendered.
Ballet Favorites (Telarc SACD-60625): "Fanfare to La
Peri": French horns and trumpets playing together, and
"Cortege de Bacchus from Act III, Sylvia": Full orchestra
blasting away, Tympani were still tight.
"Sabre Dance from Gayane": Xylophone and woodwinds playing
together. Separate from one another.
Evgeny Kissin: "Schumann Piano Concerto"
(EMI Classics 0-946-3-82879-2-6): Again,
thunderous piano at the opening. Tweeters didnít
compress. When orchestra and piano were playing
together, the piano was not buried in the other
In sum, the CP-6381's strong points are neutral
timbre, clarity, and tight bass. If there is a weak point, it
would be the lack of deep bass (20 Hz - 30 Hz). With an
enclosure of this size, I would have preferred it to have
a larger bass driver, say 12" to 15", mounted on the side to
maintain the narrow profile on the front. But, since they are
the way they are, just use a good subwoofer to add the depths of
the lowest octave.
Go to Part III.
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