• The fit and finish of the Schonberg is top notch and far beyond what the competition can offer at the same price.
• Visually, the Schonberg's look may be a bit unique and perhaps too
liberal for some. However its design plays a pivotal role in its
performance, which together makes for a winning combination in my book.
• The midrange on up through the highest frequencies of the Schonberg's
performance envelope is warm, enveloping and oh so sweet. The
Schonberg's are agile, textural and extremely natural sounding, even
when mounted to a wall, and cast a very convincing, well-defined
• The Schonberg's bass may shy away from the deepest parts of the spectrum; however what is present is quite musical, extremely taut and punchy.
• Out of the box the Schonberg's are floor standing speakers, however mounting them on a wall, say flanking a 60-inch LED or LCD HDTV, is a statement both visually and aurally few speakers in its price range can match.
• For true full range playback, especially when it comes to Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio soundtracks found on most Blu-ray discs, you'll want a capable sub or two to round out the Schonberg's otherwise spectacular sound. Vienna Acoustics makes a matching sub for the Schonberg called the Subson, which retails for $2,195.
• The Schonberg's binding posts, while nicely designed and strategically placed for out of sight cable management, are a bit too stealthy for their own good making some speaker cable connections trickier than others.
• The Schonberg's can be powered by the simplest AV receiver not a whole lot of money can buy. However if you want them to sound their best be sure to connect them to quality components. Furthermore, the Schonbergs can and do play loud; don't expect them to energize a room quite in the same way traditional floorstanding speakers can. Then again, a lot of budget floorstanding speakers energize a room with sound you don't necessarily want to hear whereas the Schonberg is always a delight to listen to.
I'm not sure there is a more unique, well-crafted and beautifully sounding loudspeaker under $1,500 a pair than the Schonberg from Vienna Acoustics. At home on the floor or flanking a large HDTV the Schonbergs are just as comfortable playing back Beethoven's Fifth as they are The Fifth Element on Blu-ray. They can be powered by most of today's modern AV receivers with stunning results and provided you bring a capable subwoofer to the party the Schonberg's are a speaker you can enjoy both visually and aurally for hours on end. Highly recommended.
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