• The 95MK IIs aren't going to win any design awards. However, their sound is so rich and so utterly pure that you'll quickly learn to overlook their physical shortcomings.
• The 95MK II's midrange is exceptional, especially when it comes to small ensemble music or female vocals.
• The high-frequency performance of the 95MK II is extremely refined, which is surprising, considering its tweeter is about as technologically advanced as a Dodge Aries.
• The 95MK II is exceedingly affordable and easy to drive, making it an ideal speaker for a budding audiophile or true music lover looking to build a no-compromise system on a shoestring budget. I recommend mating the 95MK II to Decware's ZEN amplifier (as does Parker Audio) using either Decware's own CD player or an Oppo for a total system price of around $2,000. While two grand is not cheap by today's standards, I assure you the sound quality and performance you'll be able to achieve with such a system should and would cost three to five times as much if you went with any other manufacturer.
• The 95MK IIs, like all Parker Audio products (minus kits and tubes), come with a 30-day money back guarantee. If it turns out you don't fancy the 95MK IIs, simply send them back and your money, minus shipping, will be refunded to you.
• Visually, the 95MK IIs aren't going to be for everyone, even those who claim appearances aren't everything. Even in their veneer finish, the 95MK IIs aren't what I'd call lookers.
• At extreme volumes or with poorly recorded music, the 95MK IIs can be a bit harsh, due to their revealing nature and blistering speed. This is not a speaker to purchase if the vast majority of your music library is dominated by artists with three-letter names, symbols or endorsement deals for everything from soft drinks to iPod accessories, if you catch my drift.
• In terms of bass, the 95MK IIs do have it. However, if you're into big orchestral works or watch a fair amount of summer blockbusters, you're going to want a subwoofer or two. When mating a sub to the 95MK IIs, be sure it's high-quality and fast enough to keep up. I recommend Park Audio's own Trog subwoofer, which retails for $300, though you'll need to bring your own amplification to the party.
In terms of musical performance and enjoyment, there is little I can fault I can find with the Parker Audio 95MK IIs. They're loudspeakers for a true music lover, one who isn't hung up on flashy brand names or silk-screened logos on their equipment. Are they perfect? No. But I do like them ... okay, I love them. They're priced right, available direct to the consumer and are just so much damn fun that it isn't hard to see why so many Parker Audio customers simply fall in love with them. Sure, design-wise, they're a fart in an elevator, and no, they can't play full-range and they're not from a brand your friends have heard of, but trust me on this: if you love music and are in the market for a no-frills, pure, affordable speaker, they don't get much better than the Parker Audio 95MK II.